Teacher Education Institute (TEI)

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Teacher Education Institute
Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo
375 Baldy Halll
Buffalo, NY 14260-1000
716-645-3631 fax

EtopioBeth.jpgElisabeth Etopio
Interim Assistant Dean for Teacher Education, Interim Director of the Teacher Education Institute, and Program Director of Music Education

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Just a few years ago, school districts were facing cuts due to the economic recession. With the economy on the upswing, and budgets rallying, districts throughout the nation are seeking to hire skilled teachers. With existing shortages, there are great employment opportunities for teachers. While needs exist across all certification areas, the areas of highest need include mathematics, the sciences, bilingual education, English as a second language, and languages other than English.

Teaching is an immensely rewarding career with potential to shape students’ lives and engage with the communities schools serve. At the Graduate School of Education, we prepare students to be highly-qualified teachers in numerous fields, including high-need certification areas. Students in the program enter with strong content knowledge and a range of academic, personal, and professional experiences. Through the program, students build on these knowledge bases and skills to become dynamic teachers upon program completion and leaders in the profession as their careers progress.

Learning Environment

The University at Buffalo is a major research university, but our teacher education coursework and field experiences are intimate learning environments. Learning experiences are guided by engaged faculty as well as master teachers who help students realize their teaching potential.

Engagement In the Field

Throughout the Western New York community, TEI has relationships and works collaboratively with various PreK-12 school districts to provide intensive, mentored field experience and student teaching opportunities. Liaison schools serve as designated sites for enriched and extended opportunities to work with students and master teachers in the field.

Bridging Coursework and Experience

Students identify critical questions throughout their coursework and engage in systematic inquiry to find creative solutions in their field experiences. These experiences work cumulatively to prepare intellectually-curious, critically-reflective, and practically-informed educators within the teaching profession.

Certification Areas Offered

  • Early Childhood, Birth - Grade 2 (with or without Bilingual Extension)
  • Childhood, Grades 1 - 6 (with or without Bilingual extension)
  • Early Childhood and Childhood, Birth - Grade 2 and Grades 1 - 6
  • Adolescence, Grades 7 - 12 (with or without grades 5 - 6 extension, or grades 1-6 extension for Languages other than English):
    • English Language Arts
    • Languages other than English (French, Latin, Spanish)
    • Mathematics
    • Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics)
    • Social Studies
  • All Grades:
    • English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
    • Music

Additional information is available at Certification Options.