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For more information, please contact the program director:

Gabriel Swarts
Dr. Gabriel P. Swarts
Assistant Professor
Adolescence Education Director
B52 Plassmann Hall
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
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(716) 375-2395

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Adolescence Education



Are you interested in becoming a teacher?

Do you have an undergraduate degree in one of the following content area subjects:

History (and/or political science)
Earth science

This program provides individuals who have a baccalaureate degree in a content subject the opportunity to become initially certified to teach that subject in grades 7-12 in New York State. Should you be interested in working outside of New York state, our certification office will advise you on obtaining certificates in other states.  

In some cases, thirty college credits in a content area may be sufficient to pursue the 7-12 teaching credential, even your college major was in another field.

The secondary 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. Field experiences include a 30 hour tutoring program, an intensive field experience in the semester(s) prior to student teaching, and a semester-long full-time student teaching experience.

The program fact sheet, linked at left, provides additional information.

Hybrid Format

While students are asked to meet for three face-to-face Saturday sessions each semester, the majority of coursework is online, utilizing Moodle and Zoom videoconferencing. NYSED requirements for preclinical field experiences and for student teaching occur in K-12 school placements and are not online.

Financial Aid

Our Dean's Scholarship can save you 20% on your graduate program. Click here for more information.

Those preparing to teach math, languages or science may be eligible to benefit from the federal TEACH Grant program and/or the New York State Math & Science Teaching Incentive. Those pursuing the Reading Specialist or Students with Disabilities certification may also be TEACH Grant eligible. See the Other Sources of Aid 
page for more information.

Program Location and Start Dates

This program is offered at our Olean campus and starts in spring, summer, and fall semesters. Beginning the degree in summer is optimal, allowing for completion in just over one calendar year (May to August) and earlier entry into the teacher job market.

Features of the Program

Graduates of the Adolescence Education program will:

  • have acquired a strong foundation in developmental learning theories, pedagogy, principles of classroom management, and sound educational research for use in adapting curriculum and teaching to support the learning and development of all adolescents;

  • have achieved mastery of content knowledge needed to create instructional opportunities that will enable and motivate all students to understand and apply knowledge, skills, and ideas to real world issues;

  • be able to apply their content knowledge and skills to construct learning opportunities, supportive of a diverse student population;

  • know and be able to utilize a variety of formal and informal assessment techniques to evaluate learning; and

  • continue to be reflective practitioners who exhibit commitment to the profession’s code of ethics.


News, Publications & Research


CAB and the Council for Exceptional Children hope to raise awareness about people living with disabilities

Mar 16, 2012 |

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — Disabilities Week kicks off this week in an effort to raise awareness and educate the public about people living with disabilities. St. Bonaventure University’s Campus Activities Board and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) have organized a variety of events beginning March 20. 

A student panel will address the theme of higher education and living with a disability on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in Dresser Auditorium, located in The John J. Murphy Professional Building. 

On Wednesday, March 21, screenings of “A Smile as Big as the Moon” will explore a special education teacher, his class, and their journey though U.S. space camp. The film will be shown in Plassmann Room 300 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

Parents and teachers will collaborate together in a panel discussion to address their roles in schools and related agencies for the education of students with disabilities on Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in Plassmann Hall Room 300. 

Throughout the week, efforts will be focused around educating others about different types of disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Additionally, a campaign will be launched to stop the “R-word.” “Spread the word to end the word” is a national campaign that supports eliminating the demeaning use of the R-word. For more information on the R-word campaign, visit 

Disabilities Week will end with a “powder puff” football game on Saturday, March 24, at 2 p.m. in hopes of raising money for the Down Syndrome Association. Signup Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23 in Reilly Center Room 208 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to participate. 

About the University: Inspired for more than 150 years by the Catholic Franciscan values of individual dignity, community inclusiveness, and service, 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

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