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For more information about the undergraduate Adolescence Education Major, please contact:

Gabriel Swarts
Dr. Gabriel P. Swarts
Assistant Professor
Adolescence Education Chair
B52 Plassmann Hall
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(716) 375-2395

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Adolescence Education major


My turn to teach

Preparation for teacher certification in specific subjects

Are you interested in becoming a teacher?  The undergraduate major in Adolescence Education is designed for students to pursue initial secondary content-specific teacher certification in New York state (grades 7-12).

The major, in collaboration with departments within the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education, prepares students to be secondary teachers in biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, physics, social studies and Spanish. Should you be interested in working outside of New York state, our certification office will advise you on obtaining certificates in other states.

The Adolescence Education program not only provides you with opportunities to build and refine your knowledge about teaching, it also engages you in extensive experiences interning and teaching in secondary classrooms.

This major requires a two-day-a-week internship during the spring semester of the junior year and a semester of full-time student teaching. The student teaching semester is generally in the fall of the senior year, but accommodations can be made for spring student teaching when necessary.

Students enrolled in the Adolescence Education major will be assigned an adviser from the School of Education in addition to their content concentration-specific adviser.   

Features of the Program

Graduates of the Adolescence Education program are:
  • content-area experts with a concentration — or at least 30 credits of coursework — in their teaching subject(s);
  • held to rigorous standards, and supported throughout the process by both an adviser from the School of Education as well as from their disciplinary concentration;
  • experienced at both the middle and high school levels, with significant classroom experiences beginning in the first education course. Before student teaching, students will have spent more than 250 hours in schools;
  • equipped with a repertoire of strategies that serve the diverse needs of students;
  • prepared with theory and research that informs practice, allowing them to create learning environments that support student success;
  • lifelong learners who are committed to serving as change agents, working for social justice in the communities where they teach!

News, Publications & Research


CAB and the Council for Exceptional Children hope to raise awareness about people living with disabilities

Mar 16, 2012 |

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — Disabilities Week kicks off this week in an effort to raise awareness and educate the public about people living with disabilities. St. Bonaventure University’s Campus Activities Board and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) have organized a variety of events beginning March 20. 

A student panel will address the theme of higher education and living with a disability on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in Dresser Auditorium, located in The John J. Murphy Professional Building. 

On Wednesday, March 21, screenings of “A Smile as Big as the Moon” will explore a special education teacher, his class, and their journey though U.S. space camp. The film will be shown in Plassmann Room 300 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

Parents and teachers will collaborate together in a panel discussion to address their roles in schools and related agencies for the education of students with disabilities on Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in Plassmann Hall Room 300. 

Throughout the week, efforts will be focused around educating others about different types of disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Additionally, a campaign will be launched to stop the “R-word.” “Spread the word to end the word” is a national campaign that supports eliminating the demeaning use of the R-word. For more information on the R-word campaign, visit 

Disabilities Week will end with a “powder puff” football game on Saturday, March 24, at 2 p.m. in hopes of raising money for the Down Syndrome Association. Signup Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23 in Reilly Center Room 208 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to participate. 

About the University: Inspired for more than 150 years by the Catholic Franciscan values of individual dignity, community inclusiveness, and service, St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them

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