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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



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:

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.

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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.


News, Publications & Research


SBU students embrace the future of unified sports, present session at state conference

Dec 19, 2013 |

Students in St. Bonaventure University’s Department of Physical Education presented the session “Cutting Edge Programs” at the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Conference held Nov. 21-22, 2013.

The discussion was led by St. Bonaventure graduate assistant Lauren Capotorto and Physical Activity Club (PAC) President Quinn Shoen and Vice President Joe Battaglia. The three students were among those who participated in the spring 2013 special topics course — Leadership through Special Olympics — that trained students as event managers to coordinate a unified basketball competition with elementary/middle school teams from Olean and Allegany-Limestone school districts.

University students who volunteered at the unified competition, Zach Gelen, Ellen Bagley, Abigail Rocque and Danny Kelly, co-presented at this conference session. St. Bonaventure associate professor Dr. Paula Scraba, Allison Barnes and Bill Collins, director of training for Special Olympics of New York, provided guidance for schools seeking to meet the responsibilities from section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act by offering Unified Sports Programs.

In addition, St. Bonaventure students and faculty were part of another one-day intensive training workshop session presentation with Special Olympics of New York, “Athletics Training Program Certification through Track and Field.”

This active coach’s certification session taught participants the way of the future for encouraging athletes of all abilities and ages to compete at their optimum level. Through the track-and-field-based athletics training program, coaches were provided information to develop total fitness for athletes to compete in any sport and demonstrated the use of some of the latest equipment, such as indoor shots, standing long jump pads, and indoor javelins. As with all Special Olympics sports, the athletics general session offered coaches ways to integrate athletes for opportunities to learn through skill development and competitive settings and to be involved in large social settings.

This Unified Sports Program with the Allegany and Olean schools led to a $2,500 Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation Award through St. Bonaventure, Scraba said.

“This is one of more than 2,000 programs in 42 states that are transforming the social acceptance culture in their schools through Unified Sports Programs,” added Scraba.

This spring at SBU, the Special Olympics course will be offered as a Clare 401 Senior Forum course in two sections to encourage students of majors across campus to have the opportunity to experience the transformation of social integration through Unified Sports Program.

For more information about the course or the unified program, contact Dr. Paula J. Scraba at