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St. Bonaventure, NY 14778

What Can I Do With This Major?

ELEMENTARY & SPECIAL EDUCATION

Elementary & Special EducationThe undergraduate major in elementary education is designed to help students develop knowledge and skills necessary for effective teaching in today's elementary schools. 

Students are prepared for the teaching profession in a way that is reflective of Franciscan service to others - an ideal that is central to the mission of St. Bonaventure University.

Students choosing to major in Elementary and Children with Disabilities (Special Education) prepare for New York teacher certification in Childhood Education (grades 1–6) with dual certification in Children with Disabilities (grades 1-6). 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. 

We believe that teachers are best prepared when they learn how to teach in real classrooms. Thus, 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. You will work in a wide variety of classroom settings and at many different grades levels. 

Every child has unique gifts and needs, and classroom teachers are best prepared when they are ready to meet the learning and developmental needs of all children. By the end of your 4-year program, you will be ready for your own classroom where you will be able to construct learning opportunities supportive of the intellectual, social, emotional and physical needs of a diverse student population. SBU students with dual Elementary & Children with Disabilities (Special Education) certification are uniquely prepared for the challenges of today’s classrooms. 

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

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 become a caring, professional educator.

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Lawrence-Brown, Diana

Titles/Responsibilities Associate Professor
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Differentiated Instruction
Contact Information Office Phone: (716) 375-2165
E-Mail: dlawrenc@sbu.edu 
Website: http://sched.sbu.edu/faculty/dbrown/ 
Office Location Plassmann Hall, B16
Courses Taught
  • DIFF 503. Assessment of Students with Exceptionalities 
  • DIFF 511. Foundations of Inclusive Education 
  • DIFF 515. Assistive Technology 
  • SPED 450. Advanced Teaching Methods for Students with Disabilities 
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Department of Learning and Instruction, Inclusive Education, University at Buffalo
  • M.Ed., Educational Psychology, University at Buffalo
  • B.S.Ed., Elementary & Special Education, Clarion State College
Personal Interests/Community Involvement
  • Social justice issues
  • Reading
  • Music
  • Hiking/camping
  • Watching stand-up comedy.
Other Education
Professional Background
Accomplishments
  • Lawrence-Brown, D.& Sapon-Shevin, M. (2014). Condition Critical: Key Principles for Equitable and Inclusive Schooling. New York: Teachers College Press (Disability, Culture, and Equity series).
  • Magiera, K., Lawrence-Brown, D., Bloomquist, K., Foster, C., Figueroa, A., Glatz, K. Heppeler, D., Rodriguez, P. (2006). On the Road to More Collaborative Teaching. Teaching Exceptional Children Plus, 2(5), 1-12
  • Lawrence-Brown, D. & Muschaweck, K. (2004). Getting Started with Collaborative Teamwork for Inclusion. Catholic Education, 8(2), 146-161
  • Richardson, G., Lawrence-Brown, D., & Paige, S. (2004). Rejecting Pygmalion: The Social and Cultural Capital of Working-Class Women Ph.D. Students. Race, Gender, and Class 
  • Lawrence-Brown, D. (2004). Differentiated instruction: Inclusive Strategies for Standards-based Learning That Benefit the Whole Class. American Secondary Education, 32(3), 34-62
  • Lawrence-Brown, D. (2000). The Segregation of Stephen. In Cornbleth, C. (Ed.), Curriculum Politics, Policy, and Practice. Albany: SUNY Press
Teaching Philosophy Given individualized supports, all students can learn utilizing authentic instruction that is grounded, applied, and assessed in "real-life" community environments.
Current Research Interests/Projects
  • Teacher education and curriculum, specializing in authentic and responsive pedagogy for diverse learners.
  • Interaction of education policy and practice, including how power is exercised in schools and who benefits.
  • History of education, especially inclusion of individuals with disabilities in schools, communities, and society.
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