Teaching of Distinction
Interim Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs
GSE Teaching Facts
Average Student-Faculty Ratio – 18:1
Average Course Evaluation Rating (5 point scale) – 4.1
Doctoral Degrees Awarded – 63
Master’s Degrees Awarded – 381
Advanced Graduate Certificates Awarded – 45
Undergraduate Education Minors – 78
Internships and Student Teaching Offered – 324
Scholarships and Assistantships Offered – 130
Job Placement Rate (3 years after graduation) – 94%
Ed.M. - School Counseling
First semester school counseling students share their placement experiences. The Ed.M. school counseling program is designed to prepare school counselors to meet New York State standards for both provisional and permanent certification. The mission of the school counseling program is for school counselors to develop skills that help them advocate for students academically, personally/socially, and with career exploration and planning. Within two years of finishing their course work, virtually all students in the program are employed as school counselors (with rare exceptions). The program culminates in the production of a portfolio. This portfolio is developed over time in the program and includes many artifacts necessary for practitioners in the field. The portfolio process culminates with a mock interview with a practicing principal or administrator upon graduation.
"The program provided a solid foundation for my career. Courses are taught by professors and experienced school counselors, which produces theoretical and practical training. I was impressed with the small class sizes and individual attention."Alumnus Mark Veronica
School Counselor, Canisius High School
Certification for P-12 School Administration
Members of the 2014-2016 LIFTS cohort. This application of theory into practice is at the center of the program's two internship experiences. One internship experience typically takes place within a school, while the other experience involves district level responsibilities. Each student is expected to lead a project, study, or initiative resulting in a definable product with measurable results of impact that are of value to the school/district and intern.
“LIFTS had a significant impact on my practice as a professional educator. Current research-based course work laid the foundation for my conceptual understanding of modern school leadership. Opportunities to engage with professionals in the field challenged my perceptions and encouraged me to consider alternative perspectives. Perhaps the most valuable component was the cohort of fellow aspiring leaders. We challenged each other to work smart, persevere, and make the most of the opportunity to learn together.”Alumnus Jeffery Hazel
Principal, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute
Ed.M. - Literary Specialist
“The program transformed me from a student to a scholar, and the climate is bursting with energy and excitement around best practices in literacy. You’re allowed to become a self-reflective practitioner, and you’re getting real feedback.”Alumnus David Fronczak
K-1 Reading Specialist, Canandaigua School District
The program benefits from the GSE Center for Literary and Reading Instruction (CLaRI), where literary specialty graduate students deliver one-on-one reading diagnostic and tutoring services on-site at the UB North Campus for Western New York children in grades 1-12, as well as in school settings.