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Childhood Education (BA+MS), 5-Year

Student teaching at West Buffalo Charter School

As an educator at the childhood level, you'll teach children in all subject areas as an elementary school teacher (Grades 1-6).

Overview & Distinctions


Early experiences and learning will shape children's views of themselves and the world. If you choose to become an educator at the childhood level, you'll be prepared to teach children in all subject areas.

With D'Youville's RATE-accredited combined degree program, you'll take the broad-based liberal arts and science coursework necessary for teaching. You'll finish in five years instead of six, with two degrees, and be eligible for New York State professional certification. 

As a candidate in our program, you’ll benefit from the real-world experience of our engaging faculty, most of whom have had not only extensive experience teaching in but who have also established themselves as noted scholars in the field of education.

You’ll benefit directly from our faculty’s knowledge, experience, and support throughout the entire program as you learn collaboratively in small classroom settings, as well as participate in field experiences that are built into most course work - all in preparation for when you embark on your student teaching field experience. When you graduate you’ll be prepared with the knowledge, skills, and professionalism you’ll need to make a positive impact in just about any educational setting.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • With our combined BA/MS degree, you start taking graduate classes in your third year as an undergraduate. Enter our program as a freshman, get your BA/MS in five years - you'll enter the career marketplace a full year earlier than others.
  • Choose our dual certification option in special education to become even more qualified when competing for a job.
  • You’ll be supported every step of the way by faculty who are committed to your success and by a close-knit, supportive community of fellow graduate candidates.
  • You’ll receive a personalized education in small classroom settings from faculty who are committed to both rigorous scholarship and the practical application of knowledge in real-world settings
  • Begin field experience during your freshman year with elementary and high schools in the area.


When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application! Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. Unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville, because we use realistic GPA requirements to determine your eligibility each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarship GPA / SAT (M & EBRW)* / or ACT Tuition Waiver Amount Dorm GPA required to retain scholarship
Honors 88/1170 /or 24 50% off 25% off 2.75
Distinction 80/1080 /or 21 25% off  50% off 2.5 
Achievement 80/980 /or 19 $3,000    2.25
Transfer 3.5 $5,000  


Transfer 3.0 $4,000  


Transfer 2.75 $3,500   2.5
Dillon 93/1360 /or 29 100% off  25%  2.75
Buffalo Say Yes No GPA minimum requirement/1080 /or 21 100% off   2.75
Alumni Kinship   $300-$2,000   Must reapply each year. Only open to relatives of D'Youville alumni.

*Scores are based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.
⁺D'Youville only requires that you submit the results from one test.

More information can be found on our scholarships page.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

First Time Freshmen

D'Youville selects students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville.

Students entering D'Youville College as a freshman must meet the following minimum entrance criteria: 
High School Average SAT (or) ACT
80  980  19
⁺Score is based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.

Our admitted freshman class profile:

High school average: 85% attained a B or better
Class rank: 87% of students in the top 50 percent of their class or higher
Test Scores 25th Percentile 75th Percentile Median 
SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing* 460 590 530
SAT Math* 510 590 550
SAT Composite* 1010 1180 1090
ACT Composite* 21 25 23
*These scores reflect the new SAT score format, which went into effect in March 2016.

Transfer students

Students entering D'Youville College as a transfer student must meet the following entrance criteria:

Criteria for Admission: Transfer students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher will be considered for admission.

Average Cumulative GPA: 3.26

Review the steps to apply for admission to D'Youville as a transfer student.



Course Number Course Name Credits
EDU 620 Foundations of Learning Theory 3
EDU 621 Elementary School Strategies (Math & Science) 3
EDU 622 Needs of Exceptional Learners 3
EDU 623 Elementary School Strategies (ELA & Social Studies) 3
EDU 624 Foundations of Teaching Reading and Literacy 3
EDU 626 Teaching Children’s Literature 3
EDU 627 Diagnostic and Corrective Reading 3
EDU 651 Multiculturalism and Cultural Diversity 3
EDU 652 Curriculum Planning in Education 3
EDU 656 Philosophical and Social Foundations of Education 3
EDU 659 Language Acquisition & ELL Instruction 3
EDU 677 Field Experience Observations in Childhood Education 3
EDU 681 Student Teaching Seminar 0
EDU 682 Practicum in Student Teaching 6
EDU 684 Portfolio Capstone Course 3
EDU 698 Comprehensive Examination 0
Total 45



We work closely with our students to make your graduate degree affordable and offer a wide array of financial aid programs including the TEACH grant, a program that provides substantial financial support.

Student Teaching


Student teaching is one of the most important components of your education. As a student teacher you have the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom in a supportive environment with the support of both your mentor teachers and the D’Youville faculty.

About Field Experience

Field experience is an integral part of your preparation to become a teacher. During this experience, you'll have the opportunity to put what you’ve learned during your coursework into practice in the classroom while working closely with an experienced teacher.

Because we believe that our field experience is so important, we've developed a system that emphasizes ongoing support, rigorous assessment, and intensive collaboration with the schools where our students are placed. If you’d like to learn more about how what you’ll experience during your fieldwork, our Field Experience Manual (PDF) is a good place to start. We've developed the Manual to guide associate teachers, college supervisors, and teacher candidates through their practicum experiences, providing essential information about the experience including:

  • Standards of performance and conduct
  • Roles of field experience supervisors
  • Required assignments
  • Field experience rubrics
  • Performance report
  • Evaluation forms
  • Self-assessment form
  • Video evaluation form
  • Assignment tracking form

During your field experience, you'll be supervised by both the Associate Teacher you work with on a daily basis as well as your College Supervisor at D’Youville who's responsible for making sure that you get the most out of your experience by maintaining integrity with the program as described in the Field Experience Manual while supporting a professional, nurturing relationship between the teacher candidate, themselves, and the Associate Teacher working with the candidate.

If you'd like to learn more about the role of the College Supervisor during the field experience, please review the College Supervisor's Handbook (PDF).

Field Experience Assessment

If you want to find out more about what will be expected of you as a teacher candidate during your field experience, one of the best ways is to learn how you’ll be evaluated. The documents below represent the instruments that will be used by your Associate Teacher and your College Supervisor to evaluate your performance during your student teaching experience.

Application for Education Field Placement

If you're ready to begin preparing for your field experience, please download and complete the appropriate forms.

U.S. Students

Canadian Students

This application packet file includes instructions, field placement application form, student profile form and field placement preference request form.

Click the link to view the file in your browser window, or right-click (ctrl-click) to save the document to your computer.


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