Do You Want to Teach?

Buffalo State College has been the gold standard in teacher education since 1871 when we first opened our doors as a New York State teacher college. 

If your dream, like ours, is to become a teacher, Buffalo State education faculty are here to wholeheartedly support you on this journey.



Within the first year after graduation, the vast majority of our teacher education alums are working within their chosen field: education.


Number of projected job openings for NYS teachers each year (4% growth per year through 2029).


Offering multiple five-year accelerated pathways which lead to a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education.


Undergraduate teacher preparation majors and minors that lead to initial NYS certification, which remains in place for five years.


Graduate programs and certificates that lead to NYS certification, which due to its stringent requirements is often accepted as equivalent in other states.

Respected education programs for a changing world.

Buffalo State College Offers More than 55 Pathways to Become a Teacher

4+1 Pathways offer motivated students an expedited way to achieve an undergraduate and graduate degree in an accelerated course of combined study. Students accepted into these pathways commit to following the curriculum as detailed by the respective departments and, in doing so, are enabled to take graduate courses while undergraduate students. The 4+1 options are:


All teacher education programs include an initial clinical/field component.

  1. If you have been convicted of a felony, your criminal history record may impede your ability to complete this program and/or become a New York State (NYS) certified teacher. Please review Buffalo State's Admission of Persons with Prior Felony Convictions Policy.

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We prepare reflective, innovative, student-centered educators who are committed to transforming lives. Field experience can start early in your teacher education journey with our more than 100 regional, national, and international school partnerships.

Experienced and accredited. We are committed to the intellectual, personal, and professional growth of future and practicing professionals in the diverse field of education. 

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