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Education Minor - Program Requirements

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Office of Educator Preparation

Graduate School of Education
375 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1000

Elisabeth Etopio, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Learning and Instruction and Director, Office of Educator Preparation

Julie Gorlewski, PhD
Chair, Learning and Instruction and Associate Professor, English Education

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Education Minor Program

Academic Advice

The education minor consists of a minimum of 18 credits: two required courses (7 credits) and 11 credits of elective courses. The first course in the education minor, LAI 350, is an introductory course that provides a foundation for the other education coursework and includes field experiences. The remaining courses allow students to explore general educational issues and careers that span different aspects of education. The minor itself does not lead directly to initial teacher certification, however, there are particular courses that allow for a head start on the coursework needed and offered through the University at Buffalo's graduate-level initial and initial/professional teacher certification programs. For more information on which courses allow for a head start in the graduate level teacher certification programs, please contact the UB Office of Educator Preparation (375 Baldy Hall, email the Office of Educator Preparation).

Transfer Credit Policy

As the education minor is 18 credits, transfer credits will be considered on a limited basis and limited to 3 undergraduate credits.

Prerequisite Courses

There are currently no prerequisite courses required for the education minor. Please refer to the “Current UB Students Applying to the Program” section for admission requirements to the program.

Required Courses

LAI 350 Introduction to Education

Choose one of the following: 

Electives (11 or more credits, at least 6 credits must be at the 300 or 400 level)

  • CEP 400 Educational Psychology (if not taken as a required course) 
  • CEP 401 Introduction to Counseling 
  • ELP 405 Sociology of Education (if not taken as a required course) 
  • ELP 407 Language, Culture, and Education in a Global Society
  • LAI 205 Introduction to Child Development & Learning 
  • LAI 254 Woodwind Techniques (with advisor approval)
  • LAI 256 Brass Techniques (with advisor approval)
  • LAI 414 Writing across the Curriculum
  • LAI 416 Early Childhood Education Theory & Practice
  • LAI 419 Introduction to Teaching
  • LAI 433 Technology and Curriculum Integration
  • LAI 434 Assessment of Student Performance & Understanding
  • LAI 435 Intercultural Interactions in the Multicultural Classroom
  • LAI 474 Teaching the Exceptional Learner
  • LAI 490 Seminar and Practicum in Early Childhood
  • LIN 496 Linguistics Teaching Internship

Grades of C or better for all education minor coursework and an overall UB GPA of 2.500 or higher is required to successfully complete the minor.

For more information on which education minor courses allow for a head start in the graduate level teacher certification programs, please contact the UB Office of Educator Preparation.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Education Minor
Total Credits Required for Minor/Certificate18

Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or minor requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Jun 29, 2022 13:26:28