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Gabriel Swarts
Dr. Gabriel P. Swarts
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St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
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Adolescence Education

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LOOKING FOR THE UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM IN ADOLESCENCE EDUCATION?
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Now accepting applications for Fall 2020

Are you interested in becoming a teacher?

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

English
French
Spanish
History (and/or political science)
Mathematics
Biology
Chemistry
Physics 
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.

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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.

 

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Albany Law School professor to speak at St. Bonaventure Sept. 25

Sep 20, 2013 | Paul Finkelman, Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and Senior Fellow in the Government Law Center at the Albany Law School, will visit St. Bonaventure next week as the Lenna Visiting Professor.

Finkelman will speak at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the Walsh Center Auditorium on “The Ten Commandments on the Courthouse Lawn: Why People of Faith Should Oppose Religious Monuments on Public Space.” The talk will count as a senior forum plenary but is also open to the public.

A specialist in race and law, American legal history, and constitutional law, Finkelman has had more than 150 scholarly articles and more than 30 books published. Other pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today and The Huffington Post. He is an expert in constitutional history, freedom of religion, the law of slavery, civil liberties and the American Civil War.

Finkelman also served as the chief expert witness in the Alabama Ten Commandments monument case in 2003, and the U.S. Supreme Court cited his scholarship on religious monuments in public spaces. He also appeared on television when C-SPAN recorded Finkelman’s two-hour class on the Dred Scott case, which aired nationally and is now a part of C-Span’s series on American History.

Dr. Karen Robbins, assistant professor of history, nominated Finkelman for the visiting professorship.

“In today’s world, students can readily see the potentially explosive role of religion when connected to politics. A quick look at the Middle East reveals that,” she said. “But, less well known, our own history also illustrates what can happen when politics and religion are connected.”

Robbins said St. Bonaventure students of all majors would benefit from listening to Finkelman’s talk.

“We are very fortunate to have a nationally renowned legal historian visiting us as a Lenna Professor and that one of his areas of expertise is religion and the law,” she said. “The Supreme Court takes his scholarship on this seriously, and has cited him. If that body listens to him, we should too.”

The Lenna Endowed Visiting Professorship, established in 1990, is funded through gifts from the late Betty S. Lenna Fairbank and Reginald A. Lenna of Jamestown. It is designed to bring scholars of stature in their field to St. Bonaventure University and Jamestown Community College for public lectures.

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