Education at St. Bonaventure

ELEMENTARY & EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION MAJOR

Become an extraordinary teacher of young children

The undergraduate elementary education major helps students develop knowledge and skills necessary for effective teaching in today's elementary schools. Students are prepared for teaching in a way that is reflective of Franciscan service to others — an ideal that is central to the mission of St. Bonaventure University.

Students who enroll in the elementary and early childhood education program prepare for New York teacher certification in Childhood Education (grades 1–6) with dual certification in Early Childhood Education (birth-grade 2).

Graduates from our programs can be found in school districts all over the country, and should you want to teach outside of New York, our Certification Office will give you advice about obtaining certificates in other states.


Within a curriculum focusing on developmental learning theories, pedagogy, principles of classroom management, and sound educational research, SBU elementary education majors are encouraged to be active participants as they create their own knowledge and develop as teachers.

The Elementary Education degree puts you in the classroom

Teachers are best prepared when they learn how to teach in real classrooms, so our program involves students in extensive field experiences beginning in freshman year. While you develop knowledge about teaching, you will spend a significant amount of time interning and teaching in actual classrooms. As a student seeking early childhood certification, you will work not only in elementary classrooms, but in a variety of child care and preschool settings.

For the two semesters before student teaching, you will be involved in a Professional Development School program where you and about 15 other SBU students (along with two faculty members) spend two days a week at a local elementary school. During those two semesters, you will develop the skills needed to create supportive learning environments for children. 

You will learn to adapt curriculum so that you can meet the learning and developmental needs of all children. By the end of your four-year program, you will be ready to work with young children, constructing learning opportunities to meet their intellectual, social, emotional and physical needs. You will be a caring, professional educator.

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    May 25, 2016

    Dr. René Hauser
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    Associate Professor of Education

    Dr. René Hauser, associate professor in the School of Education and director of the Master’s in Differentiated Instruction programs, received a $3,089 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities. The funds will be used to purchase materials for enrichment kits for graduate students in the Differentiated Instruction program to use with students in Olean and Buffalo area schools. Included are materials designed to facilitate higher order thinking and creativity, such as Lego and other building materials, engaging literature for book discussions and math, science and art games. The grant monies used to support this award were raised through the efforts of McDonald’s restaurants in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania. Ronald McDonald House Charities provides lodging, comfort and emotional support to families of children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals, and reaches out to families by supporting programs that benefit the lives of children in our community.





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Parents of 2014 graduates praise preparation, cost-effectiveness of a St. Bonaventure Education:

"SBU made our daughter's dream come true."



"Thank you for the wonderful job in preparing Gabrielle for her future as an educator."
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