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The School of Education at St. Bonaventure University


Named a top 25 innovative teacher education program, St. Bonaventure has been involved in the preparation of educators since 1916.

NCATE Accredited Institution Logo WebWe are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This performance-based accreditation system ensures that teacher candidates are prepared to make a difference in P-12 student learning.  

We offer Professional Development School (PDS) programs in all initial teacher certification. Many of our programs are offered in a hybrid, or "blended," format, which integrates classroom instruction with online activities.

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Ready for her own classroom

Confident in her School of Education preparation, Karen Jablonski can't wait for her opportunity to be what she's always wanted to be, a teacher. "I take over a classroom right now, and I'm comfortable there," she says. 

You'll learn to teach by teaching

We believe you become an effective educator through extensive, supervised and structured real-world experience, so our programs are built around meaningful practicum sessions in our many partner schools in New York and Pennsylvania.

This is also true of our advanced master’s degree programs for teachers as well as the preparation of school and clinical mental health counselors and school administrators.  

All initial teacher preparation programs require coursework in both professional education studies and an academic area. Elementary education majors complete an academic concentration of no fewer than 30 credit hours in a liberal arts area. Physical education majors complete their academic concentraion in biology.

This combination of classroom instruction and authentic off-campus experience means our graduates are not only knowledgeable in their area of academic interest, but have demonstrated their effectiveness in the field, making them very desirable candidates in the job market.

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    Dec 14, 2016

    Faculty, Students and Alumni
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    Faculty, students and alumni shared their experience with unified sports at the 79th Annual New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference in Verona, N.Y. The presentation at NYSAHPERD was titled “Unifed Sports: Competitive Sports and Leadership Skills for an Inclusive Future.” Special Olympics Unified Sports is an initiative that brings people with and without intellectual disabilities together on the same team to compete. Presenters included faculty members Dr. Paula Scraba, associate professor of physical education and Allison Barnes, adjunct instructor of physical education, and physical education majors/Physical Activities Club leadership students Abigail Lagoner, Abbey Marchewka and Kerry McCarthy, along with Nate Johnson, state director of Unified Sports. This year, St. Bonaventure and Special Olympics New York representatives invited a coaches panel from various school districts to co-present with them. Jessica Byerwalters from Amsterdam High School and Marc Vitticore from Fairport High School were joined by SBU physical education alumni Colleen Quinn, ’08, who was part of the original organization of Special Olympics sports on campus and Quinlan Shoen, ’15, one of the first student directors of unified sports events at the university. The coaches panel at the conference illustrated how inclusive sports build community, improve skills for positive social interaction and create acceptance in the sporting arena.


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Parents of recent 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."