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Gabriel Swarts
Dr. Gabriel P. Swarts
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Adolescence Education Chair
B52 Plassmann Hall
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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!

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U.S. News & World Report ranks St. Bonaventure as fifth-best value in North

Sep 11, 2013 | St. Bonaventure University has been ranked No. 5 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 list of best college values in the North.

The ranking is St. Bonaventure’s highest ever on U.S. News’ “Great Schools at Great Prices” list.

The magazine determined the value ranking using three figures: ratio of academic quality to price, need-based aid and average discount. At St. Bonaventure, 75.6 percent of students receive some form of need-based grant. The average annual cost of attendance after receiving grants based on need is $22,224.

“At a time when colleges are coming under a lot of scrutiny nationally, it’s reassuring to know that we’re still considered such a great value,” said Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., university president. “People often become fixated on the literal bottom line without considering how generous our scholarship and aid packages are.”

Prospective students can calculate their scholarship eligibility at www.sbu.edu/finaid.

“I think the fact that 95 percent of our students are either employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation speaks volumes about our value,” Sr. Margaret said.

St. Bonaventure also ranked No. 33 out of 182 institutions on the magazine’s Best Regional Universities in the North list, which includes colleges that also offer a full range of master’s degree programs.

Ann Lehman, St. Bonaventure’s director of institutional research, said the rankings this year include an important addition.

“They’ve added to the regional rankings the predicted graduation rate, which is based upon the incoming qualifications of our students, basically SAT/ACT scores and class rank,” Lehman said. “The rankings show our students perform better than predicted. This is a data-based confirmation of our brand promise — that our students are becoming extraordinary.”

The magazine’s annual rankings of “America’s Best Colleges” were released this morning. Complete rankings of nearly 1,600 schools nationwide are available at www.usnews.com/colleges. They will also be published in this month’s issue of U.S. News & World Report, on newsstands starting today.

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