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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


Annual Hut-A-Thon at St. Bonaventure raises $1,050 for Genesis House

Mar 18, 2015 |

By Emily Rosman, ’17

St. Bonaventure University's Counseling Education program, along with the Phi Rho Counseling Honor Society, hosted its annual Hut-A-Thon to raise awareness about homelessness and mental illness.

Phi Rho is the St. Bonaventure chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society for students, professional counselors and counselor educators.   

Members of Phi Rho set up an actual hut and collected money throughout the weekend. The $1,050 collected were donated to the Genesis House, which is a homeless shelter in Olean, N.Y.

The Hut-A-Thon took place Feb 26-28. The volunteers collecting money chose to target high traffic times on campus, including after a men’s basketball game. They also gave out candy as mini-rewards to those who donated to the Hut-A-Thon.

“It was a lot of preparation, but knowing that the Genesis House is being given a generous donation is rewarding,” said Erin Pruess, School of Education graduate assistant and president of Phi Rho. “We hope that the tradition continues and that next year we can make even more of a difference in the community.”

Additionally, Dr. Alan Silliker, program director of Counselor Education, sends his gratitude to “the maintenance crew for having set up our hut adjacent to the RC…and to all contributors and the counseling students who stood in the frigid temperatures to collect contributions. They were very energetic in their efforts to attract contributions from students, staff, faculty and the local community.”


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