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The School of Professional Development (SPD) is home to Stony Brook University’s graduate programs in education, enrolling hundreds of students in graduate degree and certificate curricula leading to teacher and administrator certification. Through its collaborations with school districts, Teacher Centers, BOCES, and other organizations, SPD serves as a leading resource for educators across the region. It also sponsors the Stony Brook University chapter of  Phi Delta Kappa, the international association for education professionals.

All of SPD’s education degrees and advanced certificates articulate with the New York State Education Department’s certificate and licensing regulations. They are fully accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and align with the standards set forth by the appropriate professional associations, including the American Council on Teaching the Foreign Language (ACTFL), the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA), the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), and the Educational Leadership Coordinating Council (ELCC), among others. 

Beyond the K-12 level, we have also added a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration designed to provide the academic preparation and credentials necessary for college and university professionals to enhance their expertise and advance their careers.

In addition to education programs, SPD also offers graduate degree and advanced certificates in human resource management, environmental management and coaching. We also have an extensive array of non-credit, career development programs as well as outreach programs for teachers, administrators and lifelong learners.

Courses meet online, on campus in the evening, on weekends, and off-campus through partnerships with Teacher Centers and school districts. Online students may take individual courses or complete one of several degree and advanced graduate certificate programs. A complete listing of all of our degree and certificate programs can be found on our Graduate Studies webpage.

Please explore our website for more detailed information on our offerings, or contact us to speak with an academic advisor. We welcome your interest and the opportunity to discuss how our programs and how they can help you advance to a more rewarding career.