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For more information regarding the degree in Adolescence Education, please contact the program director:

Dr. Nancy Casey
Plassmann B18
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
(716) 375-2394

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Phone: (716) 375-2021


The Adolescence Education Program provides individuals who have a baccalaureate degree in a content subject the opportunity to become initially certified to teach that subject in grades 7-12 in New York. The program provides courses and experiences in pedagogy, assessment, curriculum, and other topics that prepare individuals to be effective teachers.

Candidates in this program can pursue certification in English, math, social studies, French, Spanish, biology, chemistry, physics and earth science.
Field experiences include a 30 hour tutoring program, an intensive field experience in the semester(s) prior to student teaching, and a semester-long full-time student teaching experience. 

Financial Aid

Our Dean's Scholarship can save you 20% on your graduate program. Click here for more information.

Those preparing to teach math, languages or science may be eligible to benefit from the federal TEACH Grant program and/or the New York State Math & Science Teaching Incentive. Those pursuing the Reading Specialist or Students with Disabilities certification may also be TEACH Grant eligible. See the Other Sources of Aid 
page for more information.

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Program Brochure

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Cashing, Elizabeth

School of Education
ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT Adolescence Education
CONTACT INFORMATION Office Phone: (716) 375-2366
OFFICE LOCATION Plassmann Hall, B52
  • EDUC 201. Introduction to Education 
  • EDUC 523. Designing and Delivering Instruction 
  • EDUC 524. Methods and Models for Special Subjects 
  • EDUC 526. Managing Instruction and Behavior 
  • READ 560. Literacy in the Content Area 
  • EDUC 588. Secondary Student Teaching: Grades 7-12 
  • M.A., Spanish, The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A., Spanish (Secondary 7–12), State University of New York at Oswego

Middle School Spanish Teacher:

  • Olean Middle School, Olean, NY, 1985-2005
  • Jamesville-DeWitt Central Schools, Jamesville, NY, 1969-1979


Following a 30 year teaching career in New York state public middle schools, this adventure at St. Bonaventure University has given me a chance to give back to the communities that provided support to our family

  • Effective middle schools programming and implementation
  • Staff Development workshops:
    • middle level instruction and effective strategies
    • team development
    • L.O.T.E. strategies and instruction
    • Peer mentoring

We are each on a journey. We seek – we discover – we adapt – we adopt. Along the way, we learn – sometimes who we are, usually more about who we’re going to be.

As a teacher, I have the privilege of sharing my journey with the youth of today who will make a difference tomorrow. My philosophical outlook in education remains flexible to accommodate change. However my energy at all times is focused on the children and young adults with whom I interact. Each one needs to be considered developmentally, intellectually, emotionally, and physically, and then encouraged to grow in an atmosphere of respect and appropriate challenge.

I believe that every person is capable of learning and one of my tasks is to differentiate instruction to address individual needs. Education should be a creative endeavor that guides minds to explore, problem solve, and grow. Maintaining a constant awareness of multicultural opportunities for myself and for those with whom I work is important to me. I encourage an environment that promotes openness and tolerance, hoping to strengthen lifelong interpersonal skills and the ability to function effectively in “community” with others.

Education occurs IN the world, not apart from it. Communication with other professionals, parents, community agencies and student interest groups is critical to progress. Each person needs to feel a part of his or her surroundings, and that is nurtured by activities that promote participation – locally and globally. We are each on a journey. My students guide my journey – what an awesome deligh

  • Brain compatible learning
  • Differentiated instruction
  • L.O.T.E. strategies and instruction
  • Look Global – Act Local


  • First Presbyterian Church: member, Board of Elders
  • Southern Tier Symphony: member, Board of Directors
  • Chamber Music Society of Olean: member, Board of Directors
  • Olean Theatre Workshop: member, Board of Sponsors
  • Olean Middle School Orchestra: accompanist
  • Olean City Schools: interpreter


  • Skiing
  • National and international travel