The most popular certification program in the School of Education offers the courses and classroom experience you need to successfully teach in elementary (K-6) classrooms.
As a student in the Master of Science in Education
, 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.
- Nine credit hours in foundations of education coursework
- differentiated instruction
- educational psychology
- and special education
- Twenty-four hours of professional education requirements
- curriculum and methods of teaching
- statutory state requirements
- and field experiences
- Sixty-day (twelve-week) residency (student) teaching experience (six credit hours)
All students must complete the following undergraduate coursework to be eligible for elementary certification in the state of Connecticut:
- 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)
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.
In return, your cooperating school will fund 33 credits of your tuition.
- Work closely with faculty and staff at your participating school
- Act as a substitute teacher
- Assist in school projects
- Mentor small groups of students
Traditional students will:
- Complete fieldwork in a school of your choice
- Be a classroom observer
- Assist a teacher
- Participate in instructional related activity
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 are 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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