Elementary Education (M.S. or Sixth Year Certificate)

Elementary Education (M.S. or Sixth Year Certificate)

The most popular certification program in the Graduate School of Education (GSE) offers the courses and classroom experience you need to successfully teach in elementary classrooms.

As a student in the M.S. in Elementary Education program, you will gain extensive knowledge about teaching elementary subjects including literacy, mathematics, social studies, and science. UB also gives you the opportunity to put these skills to work through our tuition-paid internship or hands-on field experience.  We work with more than 60 districts throughout Connecticut and New York to provide you with practical experiences in a local school.

Advisers will assist you with your M.S. in Elementary Education class selection and the state teacher certification process

Learning Outcomes

The candidates will be able to:

  1. Plan lessons and units according to State guidelines
  2. Exhibit appropriate content knowledge of mathematics, language art, social studies and science commiserate with Praxis II Exam for elementary school teachers
  3. Demonstrate thorough background in concepts of reading and ability to teach reading and evaluate student performance in reading.
  4. Pass Praxis II exam for elementary school teachers
  5. Pass CT Reading Assessment exam
  6. Differentiate curriculum for various special needs students

Course Requirements

  • Nine credit hours in foundations of education coursework
    • differentiated instruction
    • educational psychology
    • special education
  • Twenty-four hours of professional education requirements
    • content subject areas
    • curriculum and methods of teaching
    • statutory state requirements
    • field experiences
  • Sixty-day (twelve-week) residency (student) teaching experience (six credit hours)

Certification Requirements

All students must complete the following undergraduate coursework to be eligible for entry into the Certification Track option:
  • English
  • Math (College Algebra, Pre-Calculus or higher)
  • Natural Science
  • Social Science
  • Fine Arts or World Language
  • Lifespan Development
  • U.S. History (survey course covering at least 50 years)

Fieldwork

You have the option to complete the program through a tuition-paid internship or as a traditional student.  Both will provide you hands-on experience in the classroom.
Interns will:

  • Work closely with faculty and staff at your participating school
  • Act as a substitute teacher
  • Assist in school projects
  • Mentor small groups of students

In return, your cooperating school will fund 33 credits of your tuition.

Traditional students will:
  • Complete fieldwork in a school of your choice
  • Be a classroom observer
  • Assist a teacher
  • Participate in instructional related activity

Resident Teaching

The Resident Teaching experience is a full 60 days of teaching in a school under the direction of a trained Cooperating Teacher. The arrangement for the placements is made through the School of Education and are also supervised by University staff.
If you already have a Master’s degree in any subject, you can complete the program as a Sixth Year candidate.

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