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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


Nancy Cunniff Casey named acting dean of School of Education at SBU

Jun 19, 2015 |

Nancy Cunniff Casey, Ed.D., has been named acting dean of the School of Education at St. Bonaventure University, President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., announced today.

Casey, chair of the Department of Elementary Education and a longtime faculty member in the School of Education, begins her new role July 13 as current education dean Joseph E. Zimmer, Ph.D., transitions to the position of interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Nancy Casey, Ed.D.“It is a tremendous honor to be given this opportunity to serve the School of Education and work with the dedicated and accomplished faculty and staff,” said Casey.

“The programs in our school help students become accomplished and successful professionals who go on to careers where they serve with a sense of social justice. These are challenging times for education, and that makes the work we do all the more critical. I look forward to working with my colleagues to continue to improve our programs to meet the ever-changing needs in the world of education,” she said.

Casey joined the St. Bonaventure faculty as an assistant professor of education in 1989. She left the university two years later to work with the Russell Sage Foundation in New York and was recruited back to St. Bonaventure in 1998 to help develop and implement the Professional Development School model of instruction.

Casey was awarded the Faculty Award for Professional Excellence in Teaching in 2004 and was the 2015 recipient of the Faculty Award for Professional Excellence in University Service. She chairs the university’s Student Success and Retention Committee and takes an active role in student recruitment. 

She has developed a course and run workshops to help teacher candidates prepare for the battery of new certification tests in New York state, including edTPA, the new performance-based standardized assessment that all teachers must pass to become certified. St. Bonaventure teacher candidates had a 100 percent pass rate on the assessment in 2014.

Casey was a major developer of the university’s First-Year Experience (FYE) Program, which she directed from 2007 to 2012. In 1999, she helped secure a $1.16 million grant to bring cutting-edge technology to the School of Education and its partner community schools. She was also the key developer of the data gathering system used by the school to support its continuing accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Casey holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and elementary education from the College of St. Elizabeth, a master’s degree in early childhood education from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in computing in education from Teachers College at Columbia University, and a doctorate in instructional technology and media from Columbia University.



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