PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
Stony Brook University has adopted a unique university-wide distributed model for its teacher education (TE) programs, all of which reside in academic departments in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), wherein students major, and are coordinated by the Professional Education Program (PEP).
Our undergraduate programs include secondary programs for grades 7 through 12): English; Foreign Languages (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and soon to be added, Korean); Mathematics; Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics) General Science 7-12 Extension Certification options are available for the Science programs); and Social Studies. A teacher education program for grades Pre-K through 12 is available in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Most programs include an option of an accelerated five-year program for qualified students.
Our teacher education programs are all registered and approved by the New York State Education Department and all received national recognition by their respective professional associations. The coordinating unit PEP was established in 1999 and is nationally accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Stony Brook model has ensured intellectual and discipline-specific academic rigor, seamless integration of pedagogical excellence, and strong interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty and students who are homed in academic departments across the disciplines.
Strong collaborative partnerships with regional schools, including urban and high-needs schools across Long Island, and collaboration with the SUNY Urban Teacher Education Center (SUTEC) in New York City have ensured opportunities for enriched and diverse field experiences and clinical practice for all students in our programs who are mentored by clinical faculty who bring vast experience and connections with K-12 schools and educators. Our undergraduate teacher candidates lead writing centers for high school students in nearby schools, assist in pre-college foreign language classes, lead classes and mentor school students at all levels in all subject areas. Myriad interdisciplinary activities, workshops, and presentations engage our undergraduate students from all programs in authentic scenarios for inquiry and reflection through role-playing and simulations.
The Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CESAME), home to the science education program, has been a focus for excellence in strengthening Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Its teaching laboratories in biology, geoscience, chemistry and physics and summer camps in biotechnology, engineering and mathematics bring to Stony Brook thousands of K-12 students each year and provide rich clinical experiences to our undergraduate teacher candidates.
The Language Learning and Research Center (LLRC) offers diverse field experience opportunities for teacher candidates in a variety of languages. In addition to presentations and workshops on language related issues that have included Chinese as a heritage language and Spanish in New York, the Center offers courses in a variety of languages and language proficiency assessments.
Teaching assistantship and other assignments offer undergraduate teacher candidates additional opportunities to observe and participate in mentoring and tutoring as well as microteaching in courses that include English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESL) classes and a in variety of foreign languages classes including Chinese, Japanese, and Korean at the University and in a variety of educational settings in the region.
Through these and many other initiatives, our undergraduate teacher candidates gain insights into issues that include standards-based lesson planning, program and curriculum planning, and assessment.
Our graduates are holding teaching positions across our region, nationally, and internationally and serve as excellent ambassadors to our programs and Stony Brook University.