Becoming a Childhood Education Major (CED), an Early Childhood Education Major (ECE) or a Combined Program Major (ECC):
Once you have achieved all of the pre-requisites you can apply to become one of the full majors. To apply as a Childhood major, an Early Childhood major, or a Combined major, you must, by the end of the semester in which you are applying:
- Be a Pre-Elementary Education (ELEW) major or equivalent
- Have successfully completed 45 credit hours which must include CWP 101, CWP 102, and the mathematics basic skills competency requirement
- Pass two Intellectual Foundations courses with a C or better and the foundation courses for the selected major (EDU201, SPF(EDF) 202, and/or SPF(EDF) 203, SPF(EDF) 302, and EDU 211 or their equivalents) with a 2.5 GPA in those courses
- Applicants to the full majors must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, as well as a minimum 2.5 GPA in the selected EDF/SPF(EDU) courses
- Submit an acceptable department application. The yellow application form is available in Bacon Hall, Room 302, two weeks prior to the admission deadline date.
- Submit a copy of your LAST score or proof of registration for the LAST
February 15, July 15, or September 15 of each year, which will allow students to start in the full Elementary Education program the following semester.
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Prospective First-Year Students
Prospective first-year students interested in entering the childhood or early childhood education programs at Buffalo State must apply through the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Students interested in the childhood or early childhood education programs are accepted as childhood-undeclared majors (CEDW). Once enrolled, they must meet additional departmental requirements for admission into a full major.
Transfer Students (from other institutions)
Students transferring from other institutions of higher education who are interested in entering the childhood or early childhood education programs at Buffalo State must apply through the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Students meeting the departmental requirements are accepted directly into the major. Once enrolled, students must meet additional departmental requirements for admission into the full major program of their choice. Whether transfer students may be eligible for acceptance directly into one of the full Elementary Education majors will be decided on a case-by-case basis or by college joint articulation agreements.
Current Undergraduate Students
Current Pre-Elementary Education majors wishing to apply to one of our formal majors should visit Elementary Education Majors for more information.
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Students with excellent academic backgrounds may be interested in the All College Honors Program. Academically or financially disadvantaged students should see if the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) fits their needs. The Financial Aid Office helps all students with loans, grants, and scholarships.