About the Program

Our one-year, paid residency program is designed for those interested in pursuing initial and/or initial/professional certification in childhood, early childhood, English for speakers of other languages, or adolescence education. Through the residency year, you will complete rigorous coursework while co-teaching alongside a mentor teacher. Merging theory and practice, you will be equipped with the skill-set necessary to thrive in meeting the varied needs of diverse students.

Overview

Teacher residency programs are built on the medical residency model, providing a clinically-intensive pathway to certification. Resident teachers serve in a co-teaching capacity alongside an expert mentor teacher for a full school year while simultaneously engaging in rigorous university coursework. Theory and practice merge, and residents hone their skills with the support of mentor teachers and university faculty. Upon completion, residents are well-equipped to lead their classrooms and positively impact educational experiences for historically underserved communities in the City of Buffalo.

Our Mission

To increase educational opportunities for all students, the UB Teacher Residency Program prepares and supports racially, ethnically, economically and linguistically diverse professionals through a sustained, immersive co-teaching residency that emphasizes collaborative professionalism.

Our Vision

With the vision of ensuring more equitable school experiences for all students, the UB Teacher Residency Program aims to diversify the local teaching community and prepare, support, and retain learner-ready teachers who foster positive academic and social-emotional change in classrooms, schools, and communities.

Goals

The Teacher Residency Program aims to collaboratively prepare and sustain skilled, diverse teachers to effectively serve the varied needs of historically marginalized students, families and school communities. Upon completion, residents will be adept, culturally proficient, transformational teachers who foster positive academic and social-emotional change in urban classrooms.

Additionally, the residency program will:

  • Diversify the pool of teachers in the City of Buffalo
  • Increase the number of learner-ready teachers in the City of Buffalo
  • Increase the number of teachers who stay in the teaching profession for at least five years