What You Need to Know
Becoming Certified to Teach
- How long does certification take in your region?
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.
Many of our corps members live in the Elmwood Village which has a lot to offer! Filled with over 200 small businesses and restaurants, it is a great part of the city to explore. The world-famous Albright Knox Art Gallery and Delaware Park sit at the North end of this neighborhood. The walkable Elmwood Avenue is always in motion with people from the neighborhood or visiting from others. Live here and get involved with the Elmwood Village Association, attend local events and shop on Saturday mornings at the Elmwood-Bidwell farmers' market.
Photo credit: Curtis Anderson
Get to Know Say Yes to Buffalo
Say Yes Buffalo is a landmark collaboration that brings the Buffalo Public School District, the Buffalo Teachers’ Federation, the Buffalo Association of Administrators and Supervisors, the City of Buffalo, Erie County, Say Yes to Education, Inc., and a robust group of Buffalo area corporate, nonprofit, and philanthropic organizations together to organize people, time, money, and resources to provide holistic, year-round support to Buffalo Public School District students throughout their K-12 years and beyond. Say Yes Buffalo and its partners believe every student can graduate high school and college when given the proper supports, resources, and opportunities.
Say Yes Buffalo provides comprehensive supports, including locally funded tuition scholarships to one of nearly 100 colleges and universities for those who meet residency, graduation and admission requirements. These supports are aligned with what research indicates is needed to enable every child in the program to achieve his or her potential and include:
- After school and summer programming
- Family services
- Health care
- Legal services
Say Yes Buffalo is one of several Say Yes to Education Chapters. There are Say Yes chapters located in Cambridge, MA (alumni chapter only); Hartford, CT; New York City, NY, Philadelphia, PA and Syracuse, NY. Buffalo became the second Say Yes chapter to partner with an entire city school district, when it was launched in December 2011. Learn more.