Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a residency?

A residency is a sustained year-long experience in an urban school where you will co-teach alongside a mentor teacher. During the residency experience, you will also engage in coursework that will inform your classroom practice.

How is a residency different from other teacher certification programs?

Traditional programs begin with coursework and some early field experiences, culminating in a student teaching experience that lasts about 15 weeks. A residency program involves a full year of co-teaching experience in a classroom, with coursework being completed throughout that year. Additionally, residencies differ from alternative certification programs by providing you with a year-long mentored experience prior to becoming the teacher of record in a classroom.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for our 2019–20 urban teacher residency cohort, you must:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, conferred no later than June 1, 2019
  2. Have a background (generally 30 undergraduate credits) in one of these content areas:
  1. Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or already possess eligibility to work legally in the U.S.
  2. Not have completed a teacher preparation program or ever have held a license to teach

Do I need an education degree?

No. This program is designed for individuals who are interested in becoming teachers, but do not have backgrounds in education.

What certifications will I earn?

Through the program’s Urban Teaching cohort, you will earn New York State initial teacher certification in Early Childhood, Childhood, English for Speakers of Other Languages, or Adolescence Education in one year. Additionally, residents will have the option to enroll in our initial/professional track, which leads to an EdM and fulfills the graduate degree requirement for professional certification.

How long is the residency?

One year. The program begins in the summer with coursework and our Teacher Residency Summer Institute. The full-time, co-teaching residency experience in a Buffalo Public School lasts one full school year, running September through June.  

Where will I be placed?

Residents will be placed with an expert, mentor teacher in a high-need Buffalo Public School. During the residency year, you will also have an opportunity to visit a range of other schools in and around Buffalo.  

What support will I receive as I work to become a teacher?

Once accepted to the program, you will receive immediate support from program staff, who will guide you through pre-residency requirements such as workshops, fingerprint clearance and preliminary certification exams. At the Teacher Residency Summer Institute, you will meet members of your Urban Teacher Residency cohort, mentor teachers and university faculty. Through virtual and in-person learning communities, individual and small group collaborative sessions, and regular seminars, you’ll benefit from comprehensive support. Additionally, you’ll receive support as you begin your work as the teacher of record. Through our UB Teacher Residency Consortium, during your first years in the classroom, you’ll remain connected to a network of school leaders, mentor teachers, university faculty and other stakeholders who are committed to supporting effective teachers for urban schools.

What is the application process?

The first step is to complete the online application, providing a copy of your undergraduate transcripts, contact information for two references, and preparing a written response to two prompts. Selected candidates will then be invited to participate in a selection day, which includes an interview and brief teaching demonstration. Residents will be selected and notified by January.

What is the cost, and what scholarships and stipends are available?

Residents will receive a scholarship for approximately two-thirds of graduate program tuition. Residents will be required to pay for 3 credit hours of summer tuition, as well as fees for enrolled semesters. (As of 2018, the in-state graduate tuition rate is $462 per credit hour. The out-of-state graduate tuition rate is $944 per credit hour. Currently, broad-based graduate fees are $1,222.50 or $101.46 per credit hour.) Additionally, all residents will receive a living stipend of $18,000, dispersed at regular intervals beginning in September.  

What is the post-residency commitment?

Upon successful completion of the residency program, you will be expected to commit to three years in Buffalo Public Schools.