Buffalo Urban Teaching Fellows is an “earn and learn” teacher training program. We provide aspiring teachers with a paid role in a school and $5,000 - $19,000 in tuition assistance while they pursue certification and transition to a teaching career. With embedded development opportunities and a cohort experience, our program helps Fellows make a meaningful difference in the lives of local students.

Interested in learning more? Schedule a call with a BUTF representative. 

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A Meaningful Career

Passionate and talented teachers are critical to ensuring that all students in Buffalo have access to engaging, high-quality education experiences that result in academic success and provide the opportunity for socio-economic mobility. We are looking for individuals who are highly motivated to launch a teaching career in Buffalo’s district or non-profit charter schools. Perhaps you have been working in education as a paraprofessional, teacher’s assistant, or uncertified teacher, and are ready to take the next step. Or maybe you’re a recent graduate or current college senior who wants to share your passion for learning with students. Have you had a successful career and now desire to pursue a more fulfilling path? Whatever your background may be, we are looking for passionate, talented people who believe that every student can achieve at the highest level, and are committed to helping them get there.


The Program Experience

When you become a Buffalo Urban Teaching Fellow, we’ll help you select the local certification program that best fits your career goals and personal circumstances and guide you through the enrollment process. You'll be part of a diverse cohort of talented future teachers, and work in a school, gaining practical experience - and earning a paycheck - while completing certification coursework. Once you are certified, you’ll move into a lead teacher role and receive support and additional training to help you grow during your early years in the classroom. 



Tuition Assistance

Fellows receive $5,000 - $19,000 in financial support to help offset the cost of tuition. These funds are applied directly to the tuition balance.


Our Partners

We partner with multiple certification programs so you can select the program that is the best fit for your needs.

  • Buffalo State University
  • Canisius College
  • Niagara University
  • Relay Graduate School of Education

Not sure which program is right for you? Schedule a call with an admissions coach to discuss your options: [email protected].



  • Must have bachelor’s degree by June 2023
  • Must currently be authorized to work in the U.S. 
  • Must not yet be a licensed teacher in New York
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative undergraduate GPA strongly preferred*

*GPA requirement can be reviewed upon request and a limited number of exceptions may be made.


Ready to explore a rewarding career as a certified teacher? The application for the 2024 cohort will open in the spring.