Teaching Here

What You Need to Know


Salaries range from $32,000 - $35,000 depending on education level.




Masters of Urban Education at Canisius College


Two years

Becoming Certified to Teach

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In order to teach in New York State, Buffalo corps members will enroll in what is called the Transitional B Certification pathway from the New York State Education Department through their graduate program. As a Transitional B teacher, corps members will be considered certified and highly qualified for up to three years as long as they have met the following criteria:

  • Passed the required state exams
  • Enrolled in and maintained good academic standing with a graduate program until completion of the program
  • Remained a Teach For America corps member for the full two-year commitment

Corps members who were previously certified in New York or another state will be guided through a different certification pathway by staff.

Corps Members earn initial certification after enrollment, and are expected to complete the two year Masters program.

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Ongoing Certification Costs
You may be able to offset ongoing certification costs with an AmeriCorps education award. Learn more.
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