Undergraduate Minor in Education

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Are you interested in enhancing your resume? Differentiating yourself from others graduating in your field?

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, a graduating student who will need to share information with supervisors and peers, or are simply interested in how people learn, this is the minor for you.

Open to all majors, the education minor provides an opportunity for UB undergraduate students interested in teaching in New York State public schools (pre-K through 12) to explore teaching as a career. While the minor itself cannot lead directly to initial teacher certification, the program does allow for a head start on the course work needed and offered through the University at Buffalo's graduate-level initial teacher certification program.

Education minor coursework can be completed fully online, on-campus or a combination of both. Please apply for the education minor today, as classes fill quickly.

Course Work

The education minor consists of 19 credits: 3 required courses and 3 electives. Course descriptions can be found in the UB Undergraduate Catalog.

Required Courses
Educational Foundations (10 credits):

  • LAI 350 Introduction to Education (4 credits)
  • CEP 400 Educational Psychology (3 credits) *
  • ELP 405 Sociology of Education (3 credits) *, +

At least 9 credits (3 courses) chosen from the following electives:

  • LAI 205 Introduction to Child Development & Learning +, #
  • LAI 414 Language, Cognition, and Writing *
  • LAI 416 Early Childhood Education Theory & Practice #
  • LAI 474 Teaching the Exceptional Learner +, #, x
  • LAI 490 Seminar and Practicum in Early Childhood #, x
  • CEP 401 Introduction to Counseling
  • CEP 404 Introduction to the Rehabilitation of Substance Abuse & Addiction
  • CEP 453 Introduction to Rehabilitation
  • LIN 496 Linguistics Teaching Internship

*  Will 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

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Sophomore or Junior Year

  • LAI 350 (prerequisite for CEP 400, ELP 405, and LAI 414)

Junior and Senior Years

  • CEP 400 (prerequisite for LAI 414)
  • ELP 405
  • three elective courses

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.


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.

Graduate Initial Teacher Certification Program

If you intend to apply to a graduate-level program leading to initial teacher certification, be sure to plan your undergraduate course work 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.

Information on UB graduate programs that may lead to initial teaching certification can be found on the Learning & Instruction Department's website.

Contact Information

For questions regarding the education minor, contact:

Department of Learning and Instruction
Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo
505 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1000
Telephone: (716) 645-2455
Fax: (716) 645-3161
Email: edminor@buffalo.edu

For information regarding application to the graduate-level program leading to initial teacher certification, contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions and Student Services
Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo
366 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Telephone: (716) 645-2110
Fax: (716) 645-7937
Email: gse-info@buffalo.edu