At Stony Brook University, all our faculty and students work directly with professors in the content departments of their chosen field of teaching. This unique and deep collaboration is a hallmark of what we call our "distributed model" of teacher education. Stony Brook teacher candidates are mentored by nationally-known experts in content and by New York State certified teachers with decades in public school classrooms.
The School of Professional Development (SPD) is the administrative home of Stony Brook's teacher education programs. Whether you are a prospective K-12 teacher interested in professional certification or current teacher who wants to expand into educational technology, educational administration, or deepen knowledge in your discipline, SPD is there for you with a host of high-quality, cutting edge professionally-relevant programs. A long-time leader in online education, SPD provides excellent graduate programs in face-to-face and convenient, online settings.
I began my own professional life as a high school English teacher, and I spent over a decade directing the English Teacher Education Program in SPD before I became dean. My teacher education colleagues and I enjoy working with those interested in joining our ranks. We look forward to welcoming you to what we consider the greatest profession!
Ken Lindblom, PhD
School of Professional Development