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HHS: Early Childhood Studies

Early Childhood Studies is an approved major for applying to UB’s Graduate School of Education which can lead to NYS certification for pre-K – grade 6 education. Those students who are interested in a career in teaching at the early childhood or childhood level (birth – 6th grade) should follow this link to UB’s Teacher Education Institute for information about this career option. An ideal route toward teaching would involve this major, the Minor in Education and an application to the TEI Program for graduate study. If you have questions about TEI or the Minor in Education, you may contact Karen R. Klie at

Program Requirements

Course Requirements for the HHS Early Childhood Studies can be found here.

Careers and further education in Early Childhood Studies

Our majors have gone on to pursue graduate studies in areas such as Special Education, School Counseling, Social Work, Early Childhood Education, etc. Additionally, Early Childhood Studies graduates have gone on to work as Childcare Aides, Preschool Teachers, IRA Specialist, Program Administrators, etc. For a complete listing of graduate work and careers that our students have pursued please click here.

Student Spotlight

  • Ashley Machovec

    Originally from Binghamton, NY, I came to University at Buffalo as a transfer student from my local community college. After switching my major a few times, I chose to be an early childhood education concentration with a teaching and speech pathology minor. Taking a wrong turn on main street in Buffalo, I ended up at […]

  • Clarissa Cardarelli

    I’m from Orchard Park, NY and I am studying French, Linguistics, and International Studies with a regional focus in Africa. I chose International Studies as my major since I have always loved learning foreign languages and about foreign cultures. I plan to use what I have learned about foreign relations, economics, and politics to pursue […]

  • Shontay Barnes

    Originally from Buffalo New York, I am pursuing a double major in Health and Human Services/Community Mental Health and Psychology. I chose this major because I learned about the excellent opportunities to gain hands-on experience in the field.  I was very pleased to see that there was an internship component of the major.  My participation […]

  • Cherrelle Collins

    For me this major encompassed everything I am. After pursuing nursing, and realizing that clinical work was not “for me”, I started to hone in on my leadership skills, ability to direct, inspire and HELP. It was at that moment that I realized I wanted to become instrumental in helping someone else find their “calling” […]

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