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CHILDHOOD EDUCATION MAJORS

The School of Education's childhood education majors are designed to help students develop knowledge and skills necessary for effective teaching in today's elementary schools.

Students are prepared for the teaching profession in a way that is reflective of Franciscan service to others, an ideal that is central to the mission of St. Bonaventure University.

Four distinct Bachelor of Science degrees are available:
  • Childhood Education
    This prepares you for New York state certification in Childhood Education (grades 1-6).
    REQUIREMENTS

  • Childhood & Early Childhood Education
    This prepares you for New York state certification in Childhood Education (grades 1-6) with dual certification in Early Childhood Education (birth-grade 2).
    REQUIREMENTS

  • Inclusive Childhood Education
    This leads to dual New York state certification in Childhood Education (grades 1-6) and Students with Disabilities (grades 1-6).
    REQUIREMENTS

  • Inclusive Childhood & Early Childhood Education
    This leads to triple New York state certification in Early Childhood Education (birth to age 2), Childhood Education (grades 1-6) and Students with Disabilities (grades 1-6).
    REQUIREMENTS
We believe that every child has unique gifts and needs, and we pride ourselves on preparing our students to meet the learning and developmental needs of all children. By the end of your four-year degree program, you will be ready for your own classroom where you will be able to construct learning opportunities supportive of the intellectual, social, emotional and physical needs of a diverse student population.

Within a curriculum focusing on developmental learning theories, pedagogy, principles of classroom management, and sound educational research, SBU education majors are encouraged to be active participants as they learn and develop as teachers.

Our graduates work in school districts all over the country, and our certification office will advise you on obtaining certificates in other states.

Hallmarks of SBU Education Programs

  • The School of Education and all of our programs are nationally accredited.
  • You will accumulate up to 1,000 hours of classroom experience, beginning your freshman year, with placements in variance schools, grade levels, and different types of classrooms.
  • We help ensure your success by holding you to high expectations and standards; a 3.0 GPA is required throughout your four years of study.
  • You are part of a close community created through mentoring and close interactions between faculty, staff and students.

Our students become great teachers because:

  • They believe that all children can learn
  • They are able to create positive, engaging learning environments that help students succeed
  • They become active members of school communities 
  • They understand the need to continue to learn
  • They are passionate about teaching
  • Elementary Education at SBU

    Confident in her School of Education preparation, Karen Jablonski can't wait for her opportunity to be what she's always wanted to be: a teacher. "I can take over a classroom right now, and I'm comfortable here," she says. 


    Making their Mark

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