Why Choose Us?

Students in a classroom.

Our programs prepare students with the knowledge and skills to become impactful educators, leaders, advocates and empowered change-makers in our schools and communities.

The Department of Learning and Instruction is devoted to educating teachers and conducting research related to all areas of teaching and learning. We offer a variety of graduate programs at the master's and doctoral levels, as well as advanced graduate certificates and certification programs for teacher education. The flexibility of our programs allows students to work with world-class faculty in the classroom, in the field, on collaborative research and publication efforts. Classes are small, informal and engaging.

Our faculty members are experts in their fields of study and are engaged in research that impacts and changes our communities.

Benefit from a Global Community

With students from across the United States and 115 countries across the world in our classes on campus and online, our department is strengthened by the diversity of backgrounds and global perspectives represented.

Get a Valuable Education that is Affordable

As a public school in the SUNY system, the University at Buffalo has a worldwide reputation for excellence, but costs much less than private schools. In addition, the cost of living in Buffalo is well below the national average. Your dollar simply goes further here.

In addition to working with faculty researchers throughout our department and UB, you will benefit from opportunities with our community research partners.  

Teachers do much more than simply teach. They inspire, mentor and make a difference in the lives of their students. Their own love of learning makes them passionate about teaching. Whether you want to become a teacher or are already one - now's the time to complete your degree and certification if you desire. Employment opportunities exist as New York State and others are facing a current and future teacher shortage.

As a graduate, you will be equipped to find professional employment in

  • public, private and charter schools as teachers at all grade levels
  • colleges and universities as members of the faculty. You will also find career opportunities as
  • public and private industry, as well as government agencies as researchers

Enroll in Nationally Accredited Programs

The University at Buffalo is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

The Department of Learning and Instruction offers programs accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Learn more about our AAQEP accreditation.

Be Part of Something Bigger

  • Why Choose Us?
    You’re searching for an exceptional graduate education that will result in the credential and skills you need to take the next step in your academic and professional career. A degree from a top-ranking school like the University at Buffalo will give you just that—as well as plenty of recognition, respect and opportunity.