ELEMENTARY EDUCATION MAJOR

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The undergraduate elementary education major is 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.

Elementary education majors prepare for New York teacher certification in Childhood Education (grades 1-6). Our graduates work in school districts all over the country, and should you want to teach outside of New York, 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
  • The program prepares you for up to THREE certifications- Early Childhood, Special Education, and Childhood
  • 1,000 HOURS of classroom experience- beginning a student's freshmen year
  • Diverse classroom experience through many grade levels, different types of classrooms, and school placements
  • Rigorous expectations and high standards- a GPA of 3.0 is required throughout a student's four years
  • Close community created through mentoring and close interactions between faculty, staff, and students
  • A challenging curriculum enables students to understand the diverse needs of children and to develop a
    repertoire of strategies to meet learners' needs leading to success on the job search 
  • We are there for our students every step of the way
  • At SBU we say, "You need to figure this out, and we are here to help you!"
  • We challenge our students to be passionate about their commitment to education

What makes our graduates great educators? They become:

  • Teachers who believe that all children can learn
  • Teachers who create positive, engaging learning environments that help students succeed
  • Teachers who are active members of school communities 
  • Teachers who continue to learn
  • Teachers who are passionate
  • Teachers who are advocated for the profession
  • Teachers who use theory and research in the best interest of their students
  • 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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    Hunt, Christine A.

    TITLES/RESPONSIBILITIES Assistant Professor
    Department Chair: Elementary Education; Elementary Education & Early Childhood Education; Elementary/Special Education
    ACADEMIC SCHOOL School of Education
    ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT Elementary Education
    CONTACT INFORMATION Office Phone: (716) 375-2315
    E-Mail: chunt@sbu.edu
    OFFICE LOCATION Plassmann Hall, B12
    COURSES TAUGHT
    ACADEMIC DEGREES
    • Ph.D., Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy, Michigan State University
    • M.S., Elementary Education, Purdue University
    • B.S., Elementary Education, Grace College
    OTHER EDUCATION
    PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
    ACCOMPLISHMENTS
    • September 2007: Dissertation defense
    • March 2006: Co-facilitated a staff in-service with Dr. Bell at Lincoln Elementary School in Hammond, IN, on the integration of science and literacy

     Presentations 

    • A Tale of Two Voices:  PDS Journeys of Junior Faculty:  National Association for Professional Development Schools, March 9-12, 2011 New Orleans, LA (With Claudette Thompson) 

    • Professional Development Schools National Conference . March 2006 (With Dr. Cheryl Bell)
    TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

    The central tenet of my teaching philosophy is that learning is something that occurs throughout life. As an adult and teacher, I am continuously learning and re-learning concepts as well as applying them in a variety of situations. This requires me to have a base of knowledge in order to learn the concepts and know how to apply them in a wide array of circumstances.

    As a teacher it is my responsibility to provide my students with the basics they will need in order to become lifelong learners. In other words, I am responsible for guiding my students in the discovery of knowing how to learn new concepts and how to use them in new ways. They need to learn how to learn on their own. Teaching students to learn how to learn requires a teacher to play a variety of roles as well as knowing when and how to employ them.

    First, there are times when the teacher is the “sage on the stage” presenting relevant information for students in the form of lectures. Didactic instruction is necessary at times to quickly and concisely present essential information that students will need. Another role the teacher has is that of facilitator. In this role the teacher needs to be an active listener in order to come to an understanding of what the student knows in order to know how best to direct instruction for the student.

    It also means that the teacher needs to use observational skills as well to see how the student is using information. In this role the teacher is evaluating what knowledge the student has and how it is being put to use. This allows the teacher to determine if there are any misperceptions that need to be corrected as well as how the information is being used at present and how it could be furthered. This provides the teacher with information that leads to the choice of appropriate instruction.

    Guiding students in academic content knowledge and application is one role the teacher plays. Lifelong learning also includes how to be good citizens. 

    CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS/PROJECTS
    • Educational Policy
    • Teachers and Assessment
    • School Reform
    • Curriculum and Instruction
    PERSONAL INTERESTS/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
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