In response to a teacher shortage in physics, CEURE partnered with Physics Department on the design of a new Alternative Pathways Program for Physics Teachers.  The program supports transition professionals to become certifiable within one year and conclude with their Masters degree 6 months later. The alternative certification program is distinctive in that candidates minimize their income disruption and bypass student teaching through an intensive full time Spring-Summer introductory component leading to NYSED Transitional B Certification, followed by paid, mentored teaching employment and evening coursework for two calendar years. This alternative certification program is made possible through physics teachers’ summer academy courses, supplemented by regular semester evening course and online offerings.

The program is implemented in partnership with local school districts where the graduate student is employed during an apprenticeship year of teaching.  Two Buffalo Public School teachers per year have received scholarships to participate in the program.

Project Directors:

  • Dr. Dave Henry
  • Dr. Dan MacIssac



  • Brooklyn Friends School, Brooklyn, NY
  • Canajoharie High School, Canajoharie, NY
  • Chautaugua Lake Central, Mayville, NY
  • Clarence High School, Clarence, NY
  • Cuba-Rushford Central Schools, Cuba, NY
  • Elmont Memorial High School, Elmont, NY
  • Fairport High School,              NY       
  • Gow School, South Wales, NY
  • Gowanda Central Schools, Gowanda, NY
  • Grand Island Schools, Grand Island, NY
  • Grapeville Christian School, Climax, NY
  • John Jay High School, Cross River, NY
  • Kendall Jr./Sr. School, Kendall NY
  • Lackawanna High School, Lackawanna, NY
  • Lewiston-Porter High School, Youngstown, NY
  • Livonia High School, Livonia, NY
  • Lockport High School, Lockport, NY
  • Nardin Academy, Buffalo, NY
  • Nottingham High School, Syracuse, NY
  • Orchard Park High School, Orchard Park, NY
  • PS 202 Grover Cleveland High School, Buffalo, NY
  • PS 301 Burgard Vocational High School, Buffalo, NY
  • PS 304 Hutchinson Central Technical High School, Buffalo, NY
  • Romulus Central School, Romulus, NY
  • Sachem High School, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY
  • Sayville High School, West Sayville, NY
  • Shoreham-Wading River High School, Shoreham, NY
  • St. Francis, Athol Springs, NY
  • Stepping Stone Academy Charter School, Buffalo, NY
  • Thomas R. Proctor High School, Utica NY
  • Wallkill High School, Walkill, NY
  • Warwick Valley High school, Warwick, NY 
  • Waterford-Halfmoon, High School, Waterford, NY

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