Candidates in the 4+1 accelerated pathway begin the required graduate coursework for the Early Childhood Exceptional/Special Education master’s program during their senior year of undergraduate study. Candidates may complete a maximum of nine (9) credit hours during the undergraduate senior year. Candidates may then continue to complete the remainder of their graduate coursework to fulfill the program requirements for their M.S.Ed. degree.
This 4+1 accelerated pathway leads to eligibility for the following NYS teaching certifications:
1. Students with Disabilities (Special Education), Grades 1-6 – upon completion of Undergraduate Degree
2. Childhood Education (General Education), Grades 1-6 – upon completion of Undergraduate Degree
3. Early Childhood (Special Education), Birth-2nd Grade – upon completion of one or two graduate semesters
4. Early Childhood (General Education), Birth-2nd Grade – upon completion of one or two graduate semesters
Candidates accepted to the accelerated pathway must follow the curriculum map as outlined in order to complete the program as scheduled. Candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 before enrollment in any graduate course in the accelerated pathway and must earn a minimum grade of “B” in their first Early Childhood Special Education course in order to continue with the graduate portion of the accelerated pathway. Candidates are formally admitted to the Graduate School following verification of completion of Bachelor’s Degree requirements and acceptance of the graduate application. Upon formal admission to the Graduate School, earned graduate credit is applied to the graduate course of study and all graduate policies and privileges apply. Graduate application fees are waived for students in the 4+1 accelerated pathway.
Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in this catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.
All teacher education programs include a clinical/field component. If you have been convicted of a felony, your criminal history record may impede your ability to complete this program and/or become a NYS certified teacher. Please review Buffalo State's Admission of Persons with Prior Felony Convictions Policy.
Completion of a Buffalo State Educator Preparation Program leads to a college recommendation for NYS Teacher Certification. Buffalo State cannot determine the acceptability of an Educator Preparation Program for licensure/certification in another U.S. state or territory. To access Buffalo State’s full Interstate Disclosure document, including a full list of education departments for other states, go to teachercertification.buffalostate.edu/teaching-other-states.
Students enter the 4+1 accelerated pathway either as incoming freshmen or at any point in their undergraduate degree program. Interested candidates must submit to the Exceptional Education Department a written statement of commitment to the major that clearly demonstrates why they are selecting the 4+1 option for Early Childhood Special Education. The statement must affirm the candidate’s intent to remain at Buffalo State for both undergraduate and graduate studies. The writing sample is assessed by the faculty as an essential part of a successful application.
* Candidates accepted to the Special Education Childhood and Early Childhood 4+1 accelerated pathway as undergraduates are not required to submit GRE or MAT scores as required by SUNY for graduate teacher education programs if they have already submitted SAT or ACT scores for acceptance to the undergraduate portion of the pathway.
Students interested in the pathways are required to meet with their department's undergraduate adviser to learn more about their options. Together, with your adviser, you must complete the fillable or printable Accelerated and 4+1 Pathway Application for your chosen degree, which is found on the Graduate School website. (The application will need to be signed by both your undergraduate department chair and graduate department chair/program coordinator). Find the application under "How to Apply" at: https://graduateschool.buffalostate.edu/41-undergraduate-graduate-pathways#apply
Applicants must also submit to the Exceptional Education department a written statement of commitment to the major that clearly demonstrates why you are selecting the 4+1 option for Early Childhood Educators and affirms your intent to remain at Buffalo State for both undergraduate and graduate studies. The writing sample will be assessed by the faculty as an essential part of a successful application to the major.
Exceptional Education Department
Ketchum Hall 204
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