Letter from the Director

Dear Teacher Candidates, Partnering Teachers, and University Faculty:

We welcome you to the Professional Education Program (PEP) and to the teacher education programs at Stony Brook University. This Guide to Teacher Education is designed for teacher candidates, partnering cooperating teachers, and university supervisors.

As teacher candidates, you will select one or more of our teacher education programs and pursue a professional journey of academic rigor in the discipline, pedagogical theory, and reflective practice in your chosen field. You will develop your research skills and immerse yourself in field experiences and clinical practice opportunities in linguistically and culturally diverse schools and communities to deepen your understanding of teaching and learning processes. You will progress on the path of professional excellence and growth and prepare yourself to assume teaching and leadership positions in your discipline and in an increasingly diverse community of learners.

We thank you, our cooperating teachers, for joining us in the preparation of effective and highly qualified teachers whose knowledge, skills and dispositions, creativity, and commitment will inspire all students in elementary and secondary schools to achieve excellence and higher standards. We value your valuable input and significant contribution to the professional development of our candidates and our programs. We look forward to continuing our collaboration as we engage in research-based investigations, standards-driven curriculum development, assessment, and reflective practice in pursuit of a shared vision and diverse professional endeavors.

As a nationally accredited institution by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), we continue to affirm our commitment to diversity and excellence. You, teacher candidates, cooperating teachers, and supervising faculty are an integral part of this process and your participation is critical as we continue to implement our vision, mission, and goals. These are articulated in our conceptual framework - a document that is grounded in research in the disciplines and in pedagogy and is aligned with state, national, and professional standards. The conceptual framework was crafted in collaboration with our partners in P-12 schools, alumni, teacher candidates, and colleagues.

As always, we welcome your input, teacher candidates, partnering teachers, and faculty. Please visit our website and contact us with your questions, input, or concerns. We look forward to continuing to work with you and wish you much success in your current and future endeavors across your professional pathways.

Dorit H. Kaufman, Ph.D.
Professor of Linguistics
Director, Professional Education Program