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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


Schools, community organizations invited to tap into university’s expertise

Sep 15, 2014 |

Speakers Bureau
St. Bonaventure Speakers Bureau members available
to speak on topics from pop culture to privacy in the digital age

A new Speakers Bureau at St. Bonaventure University offers experts from a variety of disciplines to speak at no charge to high school classes, high school assemblies, community groups, school and youth organizations, and businesses. Experts are also available for media interviews.

From history, literature, mathematics, art, athletics and education to business, STEM career planning and pop culture, St. Bonaventure faculty and staff are pleased to share their experience and research with surrounding community organizations.

“I hope the surrounding school and community organizations will avail themselves of the expertise of professors and staff from St. Bonaventure University, supplementing programs they already offer,” said Dr. Barry Gan, a longtime philosophy professor at St. Bonaventure and director of the university’s Center for Nonviolence. Gan is also chair of the university’s Faculty Senate.

The university has a long tradition in the arts and sciences, and now offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and programs in its school of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Journalism and Mass Communication. That means whether an organization is looking for an expert on Greek archeology or privacy in the digital age, St. Bonaventure faculty have myriad professional and personal topics they are willing to talk about.

“St. Bonaventure was recently named the No. 3 best value in the north (No. 1 best value in New York) by U.S. News and World Report. The Speakers Bureau provides our region’s schools and organizations with access to the faculty expertise that has made that ranking possible,” said University President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F.A list of speakers and topics is available at The website also has an electronic form to request a speaker. Requests should be made at least four weeks in advance.


About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, 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. We are establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools and careers in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition. Our students are becoming extraordinary.     

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