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Who Should Apply?

  • Individuals seeking to become transformational early childhood, elementary and grade 7–12 teachers in New York State
  • College seniors and recent graduates with a background in the content area they intend to teach
  • Professionals interested in making a career change to classroom teaching

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for our teacher residency cohort, you must:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, conferred before June 1 of the year you begin the program
  2. Have a background (generally 30 undergraduate credits) in one of these content areas:
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • English
  • French
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social Science (anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, philosophy or sociology)
  • Spanish
  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

Process Overview

  1. Submit an application form with essays (see essay topics)
  2. Provide contact information for two references who will each complete a recommendation
  3. Submit your academic transcript
  4. Participate in an interview with UBTR faculty, staff and a district representative
  5. Receive notification of acceptance
  6. Provide notice of commitment with signature
  7. Complete pre-residency activities (UB GSE application, New York State Fingerprint Clearance for authorization to work in schools, certification workshops, content exam, proof of New York State residency, etc.)
  8. Begin online coursework in May, in-person coursework in July and participate in the UB Teacher Residency Summer Institute in August
  9. Begin residency in Buffalo Public School District, Sweet Home Central School District, Amherst Central School District or Kenmore-Tonawanda School District in September

Application Deadline

For this upcoming cycle, the application deadline is rolling until May 3, 2024 or until all seats are filled.

For this upcoming cycle, applications should be submitted by:

  • Jan. 8 — priority deadline
  • Feb. 12 — if spots are still available