Western New York Teacher Residency

Become a teacher and inspire your students

Children in our schools today need qualified, skilled teachers who are committed to their success. Teachers must possess the professional skills necessary to address the unique challenges faced by students in our culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse classrooms in the city of Buffalo and western New York region.

Responding to the college's mission to social justice, Canisius has created the Western New York Teacher Residency Program, an innovative approach to training the next generation of teachers who are committed to the potential of every child. If you’ve thought about pursuing a teaching career and have a passion for teaching, the WNY Teacher Residency may be for you. 




WNY Teacher canisiusAffordability

We understand that returning to college as a full-time student involves a significant commitment. Thanks to the generosity of our benefactors and strong school partnerships, Canisius is able to provide additional support to help program participants manage the cost of tuition and living expenses, including:

  • A Teacher Residency Scholarship that covers 30% of graduate tuition
  • A $24,000 teacher assistant salary that is paid by the partner school during the residency year
  • Paid summer clinical field work, working with students with disabilities in our partner schools 
  • Priority hiring status upon completion of the program
  • Varied learning experiences, which include classes that are online, hybrid, and face to face 

Application Process 

People interested in being considered for the WNY Teacher Residency participate in a competitive application process that includes an in-person interview. Application materials are due by May 1, 2022.
Applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications:
  • Have a keen awareness and sensitivity to the academic, social, and emotional needs of students and a strong desire to teach in a multicultural, high- needs school
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in any major from an accredited college/university
  • Have achieved an acceptable undergraduate GPA
  • Have completed a standardized placement test (e.g. GRE, MAT, SAT, or ACT)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident 

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a residency?
  • Do I need to be a recent graduate to be eligible?
  • Do you have high school placements?
  • How are residency placements made?
  • What type of candidate are you looking for?
  • What is the criteria for the Residency Scholarship?
  • Do I need an education degree to be eligible?
  • How long is the program?
  • What certifications are available through the program?
  • When does the program start?
  • Is program entrance competitive?
  • What kind of coursework is involved?

Contact Us

For more information, click the below link. You can also email us at gradadm@canisius.edu or call (716) 888-2545 or (800) 950-2505.

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Support Us 

Your support helps to strengthen and expand participation in our program. To donate now, click the link below and choose “Other Gift Designation”. Then direct your gift to the Canisius Center for Urban Education.


Residency Partners 

Our partners aid the development and sustainability of the Canisius WNY Teacher Residency program. Learn more about each below. 

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Student Spotlights

Hear from students who completed the Teacher Residency and how it improved their career prospects and perspective. 

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Teacher Residency In The News

The Canisius College Western New York Teacher Residency program is highlighted in the Spring 2020 Prepared to Teach publication, "Making Teacher Preparation Policy Work". WNYTR continues to work collaboratively with Bank Street College and their Prepared to Teach initiative through the New York State P-20 Collaborative, a network to transform teacher preparation.

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