The Distributed Teacher and Leader Education program (D-TALE) is Stony Brook University’s home for all programs that lead to New York State Certification for P-12 teaching and administration. Our faculty comprises nationally-known scholars, and professionals who have served full-careers as high school and middle school teachers and administrators. We offer teacher certification programs in English, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and TESOL. We also offer programs that lead to certification for School Building and School District Leadership as well as School Business Leader.
Our education program at Stony Brook is unusually strong. Our program is “distributed” because we don’t house our students in a college of education; instead, those who become teachers at Stony Brook are students in the same courses and majors as their classmates going on to content careers. Science teacher candidates will study with scientists, English teacher candidates will study with writers, mathematics teachers will study with mathematicians. In every field, you will earn a solid background in the content of your discipline, so you’ll be an effective, confident teacher able to lead young minds in this competitive era. With the mentorship of our D-TALE faculty, you’ll learn to design engaging assignments, manage energetic classrooms, use evidence to improve your students’ learning, and help your school be a positive force in your students’ community.
Come join us to help shape the future!
Susan Ross, MA
Distributed Teacher and Leader Education (D-TALE)
Teacher Certification Officer
Coordinator for Educational Programs
Academic Program Directors
Charles G. Backfish, MA
Director, Social Studies
Lisa Berger, PhD
Director of Mathematics Education and Associate Professor of Mathematics
Sarah Jourdain, PhD
Foreign Language Education Programs Director
Craig Markson, EdD
Director, Educational Leadership Programs
Linda Padwa, PhD
Associate Director for Science Education
Keith Sheppard, EdD
Director, Institute for STEM Education
Director of English Teacher Education
D-TALE at Stony Brook University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). SBU is working toward accreditation of its educator preparation programs under the AAQEP standards with an anticipated Quality Assurance Review in Spring 2023.