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Areas of Focus

There are three areas of ability and commitment to growth that are essential to successful participation in the Master Teacher community: content knowledge, pedagogy, and a deep understanding of students.

Master Teachers have clear goals for further developing their breadth and depth in all of the following areas:

  1. Knowledge of content: Master Teachers have been exposed to and grappled with ideas that are central to their discipline at advanced levels. Like any STEM professionals, however, they view their knowledge as incomplete.
  2. Knowledge of pedagogy: Master Teachers have a deep understanding of professional knowledge for teaching, and strive to incorporate successful practices in their work. They continually evaluate, refine, and adapt their practice to better meet the needs of their students.
  3. Knowledge of students: Master Teachers possess a deep knowledge of their students’ neighborhoods, cultures, and values. Master Teachers see a student’s family and community as resources in their efforts to inspire them to study STEM disciplines.

For more information, visit the SUNY Master Teacher Program website.