Do more with your degree and give yourself an edge by enrolling
in the undergraduate minor in education. Whether you are interested
in a career in teaching, or are simply interested in how people
learn, this is the minor for you.
This minor is open to all undergraduate majors.
Enrolling in our undergraduate education minor program will give you a head start on the coursework needed and offered through the University at Buffalo's graduate-level initial teacher certification program.
If you are an undergraduate student interested in teaching in New York State public schools (pre-K through 12), you should consider our minor to explore teaching as a career. While this minor itself cannot lead directly to initial teacher certification, you can earn up to 12 credit hours toward a master’s degree and teaching certificate.
Please apply for the education minor today, as classes fill quickly.
Education minor coursework can be completed fully online, on campus, or a combination of both.
The education minor consists of 19 credits: 3 required courses and 3 electives. Course descriptions can be found in the UB Undergraduate Catalog.
Educational Foundations (10 credits):
At least 9 credits (3 courses) chosen from the following electives:
Please note that CEP 453 is offered online, and LAI 490 and LIN 496 are offered only on-campus.
* May be applicable to Adolescence initial teacher certification
program at UB
+ May be applicable to Childhood initial/professional teacher certification program at UB
# May be applicable to Early Childhood initial/professional teacher certification program at UB
x May be applicable to Early Childhood/Childhood initial/professional teacher certification program at UB
Sophomore or Junior Year
Junior and Senior Years
The first course in the education minor, LAI 350, is an introductory course that provides a foundation for the other education course work and includes early field experiences. The remaining courses may be applicable to the graduate-level program leading to initial teacher certification (course-by-course applicability is indicated in the above-listing of courses). For example, students who successfully complete CEP 400, ELP 405, and LAI 414, and who later enroll in the graduate-level program leading to initial teacher certification for adolescence (grades 7–12) education, may include these courses in their course work toward initial teacher certification, thus reducing by nine credits the required course work in the graduate-level program. A "B-" or better is required in courses used towards initial certification.
If you intend to apply to a graduate-level program leading to initial teacher certification, be sure to plan your undergraduate coursework to meet admissions requirements as related to the undergraduate major and content-area distribution, as well as the general education core in liberal arts and sciences. Visit our Teacher Education Institute website for more information on these requirements.
Because the education minor functions as an introduction to the education profession, students enrolled in this program must begin to consider the meaning of, as well as demonstrate adherence to, professionalism, especially as related to fieldwork in schools and educational organizations and in university-based course work.
Professionalism comprises a variety of matters and although it is often difficult to comprehensively define, teach, and assess, the following offers some concrete descriptions that set a minimum standard of expected professional conduct.
When going to schools/organizations, students are expected to demonstrate basic professional competencies as would be expected of practicing teachers, including the following: arrive in a timely manner; present themselves in a professional manner as related to their dress, personal appearance, and hygiene; and maintain a courteous and respectful relationship with school/organization personnel, students, parents/guardians, etc. Failure to consistently demonstrate these competencies constitutes a lack of appropriate professional conduct.
Throughout their experiences in schools/organizations, students are reminded that the Graduate School of Education is committed to preparing teachers to teach all students in the public school system throughout the state of New York. As such, students must approach their fieldwork and course work with a commitment toward this goal and must act in a manner that is consistent with this goal.
Throughout their undergraduate career, students are expected to interact with and represent UB faculty, staff, and students in a professional manner consistent with UB policies and in line with the above expectations of professional conduct within schools/organizations.
The Undergraduate Education Minor program is located within the
Learning and Instruction in the Graduate School of Education at
the University at Buffalo.
All students are required to have access to an adequately equipped computer that meets the University computing standards as well as daily access to a reliable broadband connection (i.e., DSL or cable). Students are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning their course work.