The preparation of teachers at both the initial and advanced program levels continues to be one of the major responsibilities of Buffalo State. The quality and diversity of the professional education programs have earned the college an excellent reputation across the state and nation.
All professional education programs at the college are under the leadership of the Deans Council which serves as the Unit Head. The preparation of teachers for secondary and K-12 education content areas occurs primarily within departments of the respective disciplines in the School of Arts and Humanities, the School of Natural and Social Sciences, and the School of the Professions. All teacher education programs are represented in the Teacher Education Council (TEC) that advises the Deans Council.
The unit conceptual framework forms a basis for all unit operations. The conceptual framework for professional education at Buffalo State reflects the commitment of all members of the professional education community to the preparation of knowledgeable and skilled educators. It is influenced by a strong commitment to issues of diversity, value for collaboration between college and public school personnel for the mutual renewal and improvement of each setting, and an educational environment that ensures success for all. These values along with the identified array of knowledge, disposition, and skill outcomes that have been developed unit-wide--as well as those additional outcomes which have been developed by individual programs--constitute the basis for assessing individual candidate performance and for making judgments about overall unit and program quality.
The focus of the conceptual framework for initial program candidates is preparing reflective facilitators of learning. The focus of the conceptual framework for advanced program candidates is preparing accomplished reflective educators. The central core conceptions of P-12 Learner, Content knowledge, and effective Pedagogy are encompassed with a context including Technology, Reflection, Diversity, and Dispositions.
Teacher Education Unit Mission
The mission of the teacher education faculty at Buffalo State College is to prepare reflective facilitators of learning (initial programs) and accomplished reflective educators (advanced programs) to meet the challenge of teaching all learners in a complex, technological, global society. Teacher education faculty engage their collective expertise in teaching; scholarship and research; and service to the community, college, and profession. Faculty value and strive to cultivate a professional climate that promotes teaching excellence, intellectual vitality, and communication through collaboration across programs, among faculty, students, and the larger community.
Teacher Education Unit Vision
The conceptual framework for all teacher education programs at Buffalo State College articulates the unit's vision, ensures coherence across candidates' programs and reflects commitment to prepare candidates to work effectively with all students including students with culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse backgrounds and students with disabilities.
Teacher Education Unit Core Values
The teacher education faculty believe that the optimal environment for teacher preparation is one in which college-based and school-based teacher educators collaborate closely on mutually identified and mutually beneficial outcomes designed to improve both the college and school settings. The teacher education faculty both recognize and celebrate the diversity which characterizes American educational institutions; furthermore, the faculty are unequivocally committed to preparing educators whose attitudes and professional expertise advance diversity and the diversification of American democratic society. Teacher education faculty are committed to the following fundamental premises: (1) that all students can learn; (2) that all students have a right to learn to their greatest potential; and (3) that all students re entitled to an educational environment where teaching and learning are the most valued of all activities. Buffalo State intends to build upon its strength in teacher education and its location in the second largest city in the state to play a leadership role in addressing the issues relative to the delivery of quality education in urban settings. In support of this initiative, the college will:
- Focus on studying and assisting urban schools
- Seek to recruit students with an interest in urban education
- Develop curricula to focus on training for service in inner city settings
- Develop a capstone program in urban education open to educators across the state
- Provide continuing education and lifelong learning opportunities for teachers in the region.
Teacher Education Unit Goals
The Teacher Education Unit goals directly reflect elements of the conceptual framework:
Goal 1: Content - The professional educator will know the subject matter to be taught to P-12 learners.
Goal 2: Learner - The professional educator will understand P-12 learners’ socialization, growth and development; the learning process; reflection of teaching; and the establishment of a classroom climate that facilitates learning.
Goal 3: Pedagogy - The professional educator will attain an understanding of the strategies that candidates use to teach all learners.
Goal 4: Technology - The professional educator uses technology as a vehicle for learners to acquire information, practice skills, use higher order thinking skills, and participate in collaborative projects.
Goal 5: Reflection - The professional educator exhibits the ability to reflect and assess his/her own effectiveness, and to systematically make adjustments to improve and strengthen areas needing attention.
Goal 6: Dispositions - The professional educator demonstrates respect for learner differences, commitment to own personal growth, and engagement in short and long-term planning.
Goal 7: Diversity - The professional educator is aware of and sensitive to diversity issues and to use culturally and socially responsive pedagogy.
Goal 8: Research (Advanced Programs only) – The professional educator is a lifelong learner who competently translates current educational theory and practices into P-12 achievement by exploring and integrating concepts into effective pedagogy.
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Organizational Chart-TEU (MS Word)
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Glossary of Terms (MS Word)