Teacher Education Mission

We provide excellent, hands-on teacher preparation in early childhood education in a naturalistic setting, which also offers opportunities to learn about child and family development. Each semester, approximately 40 undergraduate students, enrolled in Supervised Teaching in Early Childhood, complete their practicum experience at ECRC. Our model facility, which includes digital recording and an observation room, provides a setting for practitioners to try new skills, while also receiving support and assistance.

Over 400 students per semester from several departments at UB — including education, psychology, social sciences, occupational therapy, and communication disorders — use the Observation Room to document their experiences, practice specific skills learned in classes, or complete environmental assessments. This affords them the ability to study the children without being intrusive to their play and learning, and hone valuable, practical skills in providing educational services.

LAI 507/490 Internship

LAI 507 — Supervised Teaching in Pre-K

LAI 490 — Seminar & Practicum in Early Childhood

LAI 507/490 is a combined course that actively involves graduate and undergraduate students, one morning or afternoon per week, in a preschool classroom experience at the Early Childhood Research Center. It offers pre-service teachers guided learning experience in a NAEYC accredited multicultural preschool setting. 

Interns are required to complete a 60 hour practicum over the course of a semester. In addition to the classroom experience, interns attend a weekly one hour seminar which provides the support needed for understanding and applying a constructive, play curriculum which fosters children's social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.

Students can visit UB’s Class Schedules to see course listing.