*Not a baccalaureate degree program.
**Because New York State education requirements may change, program requirements may be altered according to state specifications.
The education minor is open to all majors. It provides an opportunity for UB undergraduate students to explore general educational issues and careers that span different aspects of education. The minor itself does not lead directly to initial teacher certification; however, there are particular courses that allow for a head start on the coursework needed and offered through the University at Buffalo's graduate-level initial and initial/professional teacher certification programs. For more information on which courses allow for a head start in the graduate level teacher certification programs, please contact the UB Teacher Education Institute (375 Baldy Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Students will be able to:
- Describe the role and responsibility of educators in contemporary society in such a way that recognizes the mutual impact of society and education.
- Identify the complex interplay of factors that influence learning.
- Develop initial skills needed to plan, facilitate, and assess a variety of learning experiences.
- Evaluate personal perspectives about education and the various roles in education.
Coursework is interdisciplinary in nature and is delivered in both an online and seated format. Class size is limited to 24 students in most courses. The varied coursework may also include field experiences at early childhood or primary/secondary school settings.
The education minor includes both on-campus and online classes. On-campus courses are primarily offered in Baldy Hall, while online courses are delivered through UBLearns, the University’s internet-based learning application. Regardless of delivery mode, students are expected to have access to an adequately equipped computer that meets the University’s computing standards and have basic computer competency before beginning coursework.
Courses in the education minor are delivered by approximately 10 adjunct faculty, who are seasoned practitioners in their respective fields. We also have full faculty who participate in the delivery of coursework, ensuring a level of high-quality that meets students’ needs. Additional details about our faculty are available at the Graduate School of Education’s website (see Faculty List Directory).
Please visit the Graduate School of Education department website for additional information about our faculty.
The education minor is flexible and allows students to select courses that best align with their interests in education. Many students who participate in this minor, go on to enroll in teacher education certification programs.
Students are encouraged to work closely with the Education Minor Director to ensure that your coursework will allow you to fulfill your career objectives. Not all courses in the education minor fulfill New York State requirements for teacher certification and/or are applicable to all content areas.
For advisement regarding the education minor and which courses allow for a head start in the graduate level teacher certification programs, please contact:
Teacher Education Institute
306 Baldy Hall
As the minor does not lead to a degree, there is currently no available funding specifically for this coursework. Undergraduates who are in need of financial aid should contact the UB Financial Aid office. However, those interested in pursuing teacher education at the graduate level within the University at Buffalo may be interested in the following information regarding financial aid and scholarships.