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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Speech and Hearing Science BA/Early Childhood Education EdM

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Undergraduate Course Requirements

One Physical Science Course (3 credits)**

At least three credits of any Chemistry (CHE) or Physics (PHY) course. See AAR for list of course options. 

One Linguistics Course (3 credits)

Graduate Course Requirements

Early Childhood Education Core (45 credits)

  • LAI 501 - Instructional Practice in the Elementary School
  • LAI 504 - Early Childhood Program Planning and Leadership
  • LAI 511 - Diversity in Early Childhood/Childhood Education
  • LAI 521 - Improving Elementary Social Studies
  • LAI 526 - Agencies & Services for Children
  • LAI 527 - Learning Mathematics: Early Childhood OR LAI 540 Improving Elementary Mathematics Instruction
  • LAI 530 - Improving Elementary Science Instruction
  • LAI 550 - Literacy Acquisition and Instruction, Pre-K to Primary
  • LAI 551 - Childhood Literacy Methods
  • LAI 562 - Theory and Research Elementary School Language Arts
  • LIA 595 - Supervised Teaching
  • LAI 667 - Field Experience
  • LAI 668 - Supervised Teaching I
  • LAI 674 - Seminar in Teaching

Three Education Electives (9 credits)

  • Nine credits of LAI at the graduate level (See AAR for full list of course options)

Culminating Experience (3 credits)

  • LAI 700 - Capstone


* Dual listed with a graduate course and satisfies both undergraduate and graduate requirements.

**Students wishing to satisfy the Scientific Literacy and Inquiry (SLI) UB Curriculum Requirement using courses also approved for the Human Biology and Physical Science requirements should consult the list of approved SLI courses to identify overlap.

Total Credits Required for Undergraduate Major: 61-63

Additional Undergraduate Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • 10 additional credits of Education Core*

Total Undergraduate Credits Required: 101 (minimum)

Total Graduate Credits Required for Degree: 57

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 158 (minimum)

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

Academic Requirements

To graduate, the student must have earned an overall GPA of 2.500 in CDS courses. CDS courses with a grade of less than C- will not be acceptable for the departmental average requirement and must be retaken for a grade of C- or better. Students may not elect S/U grading in CDS courses.

To progress to the graduate portion of the program, students must maintain a 3.000 GPA, earn a “C” grade or higher in content courses (courses in the undergraduate major); earn a “B-” or better in all education coursework (courses that begin with CEP, ELP, and LAI), and complete an interview in the Office of Educator Preparation. Students must complete these progression points by March of year three of the bachelor’s program to be eligible to register for graduate level coursework. No formal application is required for graduate school.

Program Honors

The Honors Program allows qualified seniors the opportunity to engage in a year-long research project in a single lab. The lab is selected by the student to fit his/her interests in the field. A mentor is chosen to work closely with the student during the year to guide the student in writing and orally presenting the required senior thesis. Students complete CDS 497 . The thesis must be submitted and approved by the thesis advisor and co-advisor. Students must also meet the remaining criteria outlined in the Academic Honors policy. Students who successfully complete the honors program and meet the criteria will have the appropriate notation on their official transcript.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall

Total Credits: 15 or 16

Total Credits: 16 or 17

Total Credits: 17

Second Year Spring

  • Physical Science Course (Recommend approved SLI “PHY” or “CHE” lecture course) Credits: 3
  • Credits: 3
  • Computer Course Credits: 4
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Linguistics Course Credits: 3

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 17

Third Year Spring

Total Credits: 16

Fourth Year Fall

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Spring

  • LAI 526LEC - Agencies & Svs for Chldrn Credits: 3
  • LAI 551LEC - Childhood Literacy Methods Credits: 3
  • LAI 530LEC - Imprvg Elem Science Instr Credits: 3
  • LAI 501LEC - Instr Practices Elem Sch Credits: 3
  • LAI Graduate Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Fifth Year Fall

  • LAI Graduate Elective Credits: 3
  • LAI 504LEC - Ea Ch Prog Plan & Lead Credits: 3
  • LAI 511LEC - Diversity Ea Ch/Chldhd Ed Credits: 3
  • LAI 562LEC - English Lang Lrnrs in EC/C Credits: 3
  • LAI 667TUT - Field Experience Credits: 3
  • LAI 700TUT - Indiv Guidnc Capstn Event Credits: 3

Total Credits: 18

Fifth Year Spring

  • LAI 674TUT - Seminar in Teaching Credits: 3
  • LAI 668TUT - Supervised Teaching I Credits: 3
  • LAI 595TUT - Supervised Teaching II Credits: 6

Total Credits: 12

Total Credits Required: 158

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate knowledge of biological sciences, physical science, mathematics, social and behavioral sciences, and basic communication.

  • Demonstrate knowledge across the age span of basic human communication processes related to their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, linguistic, and cultural bases.
  • Demonstrate in standard oral and/or written form the ability to: recognize and describe normal aspects of the development and use of phonology, receptive and expressive language, fluency, vocal production, resonance, cognition/communication, social communication, and hearing.
  • Demonstrate in standard oral and/or written form the ability to: identify the clinical characteristics of possible etiologies for a variety of communication differences and disorders, cognition/communication, and hearing.

In addition, graduates of the Speech and Hearing Science BA/Early Childhood EdM program will:

  • Complete intensive clinical education experiences in collaboration with Western New York pre K-6 schools in rural, suburban and urban settings, while learning the nuances of the teaching profession.
  • Gain the skills, expertise and confidence to implement evidence-based practice in the classroom and co-teach alongside an expert teacher in a one-year residency.


(HEGIS: 12.20 SPEECH PATHOLGY&AUDIOLGY, CIP51.0204 Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist)


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