Teacher Education Institute (TEI)
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● The University at Buffalo, SUNY, Graduate School of Education teacher education program, which is designed to prepare caring, qualified, and competent teachers who can work effectively with students from various cultures with a wide variety of abilities and needs, is granted accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of seven years, from June 11, 2012 to June 11, 2019.
● In recent administrations of the New York State Teacher Certification Exams, GSE's teacher education students typically have had a 100% pass rate on the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) and Assessment of Teaching Skills - Written (ATS-W).
● GSE provides access to state-of-the-art computer labs and software to support both student and faculty teaching development.
● GSE is committed to the preparation of teachers who can navigate the complexities of today's classrooms.
● GSE prepares highly-qualified teachers in high-need content areas such as Math, the Sciences, and ESOL.
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Teacher Education InstituteGraduate School of Education
University at Buffalo
375 Baldy Halll
Buffalo, NY 14260-1000
(716) 645-3631 fax
Teacher Education Institute
New York State Teacher Certification Program
Welcome to the Teacher Education Institute (TEI) in the Graduate School of Education (GSE).
GSE offers the University's initial teacher certification program at the post-baccalaureate level and is dedicated to preparing qualified, committed, and caring teachers who can work effectively with students from various cultures with a wide variety of abilities and needs. The branch of GSE that administers and coordinates this program is the Teacher Education Institute (TEI). TEI works in conjunction with the Department of Learning and Instruction (LAI), as well as the Departments of Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP) and Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology (CSEP), to provide the coursework, field experiences, and student teaching required for New York State initial teacher certification. Beyond providing professional knowledge and instructional strategies essential to teaching, TEI collaborates with numerous school districts and teachers to prepare preservice teachers to be problem solvers and critical thinkers who strive to self-reflect and improve their teaching.
One unique aspect of the program is the liaison model approach. In this model, we work with liaison schools, which are preK-12 schools throughout the Western New York area that agree to work extensively with our teacher education students for field experiences and student teaching. Another unique aspect of the program is the Reflective Inquiry Project (RIP). The RIP is an ongoing project, spanning field experiences and student teaching, which serves as a space for students to systematically investigate, through the scholarly literature and field observations, an education question about which they are eager to know more.
GSE offers the following curricular options for students working toward initial teacher certification:
- Early Childhood: Birth - Grade 2 (with or without bilingual extension)
- Childhood: Grades 1 - 6 (with or without bilingual extension)
- Adolescence: Grades 7 - 12 (with or without grades 5 - 6 extension) in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, Languages other than English (LOTE), Math, Physics, Social Studies
- All Grades: Music, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
The application deadline for these programs has been extended for fall 2013. We will continue to accept applications on a space available basis. If you have any questions please call the Graduate School of Education’s Admissions Office at 716-645-2110.
The faculty and staff who work with this program are experienced educators who have a commitment to excellence and life-long learning. If you have questions regarding our campus or the initial teacher certification program, please contact the GSE Office of Graduate Admissions at 716-645-2110.
David T Cantaffa, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Teacher Education
Director of the Teacher Education Institute