Education Minor * : Overview

Learning and Instruction

Contact Information

Graduate School of Education
505 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716.645.2455
Web Address:
James Cercone, Ph.D
Clinical Professor and Coordinator
Suzanne Miller, Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor, English Education
Karen Klie
Administrative Assistant


* A nondegree program

**Because New York State education requirements may change, program requirements may be altered according to state specifications.

For undergraduate students at the University at Buffalo interested in pursuing initial teacher certification to be able to teach in New York State preK-12 public schools, the education minor functions as an introduction to the education profession so that undergraduate students may explore the possibility of a career in teaching. The education minor provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to begin to develop pedagogical knowledge essential for effective teaching and it allows a head start on the coursework leading to initial teacher certification through the University at Buffalo's graduate-level initial teacher certification program. This minor cannot in itself lead directly to initial teacher certification.

The Graduate School of Education (GSE) offers the University at Buffalo's initial teacher certification program at the post-baccalaureate level and is dedicated to preparing qualified, committed, and caring teachers who can work effectively with students from various cultures with a wide variety of abilities and needs. The Department of Learning and Instruction (LAI) is devoted to the education of teachers and to the pursuit of research in all areas of learning. LAI offers graduate degree programs at the master's and doctoral levels, graduate-level certification programs in teacher education, and administers the undergraduate education minor.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:02:31 EST