SUTEC History

SUTEC History

The SUNY Urban Teacher Education Center (SUTEC) opened in 2001 with the enthusiastic endorsement of the SUNY Chancellor and the New York City Schools Chancellor.

The idea for urban centers to support the preparation of teachers in the State University of New York originated during the mid-1990s in discussions among the SUNY education deans and directors. The concept found leadership from Dr. Judson Taylor, SUNY Cortland President Emeritus. He acquired a planning grant from the Carnegie Corporation to further the concept of a New York City center. At about the same time the New York City Board of Education teacher recruitment staff conceived of the idea of inviting student teachers into city schools as a means of encouraging their return as permanent teachers after graduation.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher has been a national leader in the current initiative to transform teacher preparation for the improvement of public education. She co-chaired the Blue Ribbon Panel, commissioned by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), in the preparation of the recommendations of the Report of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Preparation and Partnerships for Improved Student Learning.

Prospective teachers are members of collaborative teams implementing the Common Core Standards to meet individual student needs. They practice culturally-responsive pedagogy within the dynamic and vibrant urban context of New York City.

The program is highly selective and produces outstanding graduates who are well prepared for the rigors of urban teaching. SUTEC graduates are a distinctive cadre of professionals who are in high demand.

SUTEC has become a vital force in New York City for SUNY's education and professional studies programs, offering the opportunity for a semester long student teaching program in the city's multicultural, multiethnic and socio-economically diverse schools. SUTEC also helps to strengthen SUNY's teacher training programs by offering student teaching seminars while students are in the city, hosting conferences for SUNY faculty and visitors, and collaborating on urban education research.

Located in a New York City Department of Education Building at 111 Livingston Street in Brooklyn, SUTEC collaborates and works closely with the department's Center for Recruitment and Professional Development and SUNY-approved charter schools in recruiting SUNY graduates for teaching positions in the city.

Urban Teacher Education Center