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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.

Download a Program Fact Sheet

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


Schools, community organizations invited to tap into university’s expertise

Sep 15, 2014 |

Speakers Bureau
St. Bonaventure Speakers Bureau members available
to speak on topics from pop culture to privacy in the digital age

A new Speakers Bureau at St. Bonaventure University offers experts from a variety of disciplines to speak at no charge to high school classes, high school assemblies, community groups, school and youth organizations, and businesses. Experts are also available for media interviews.

From history, literature, mathematics, art, athletics and education to business, STEM career planning and pop culture, St. Bonaventure faculty and staff are pleased to share their experience and research with surrounding community organizations.

“I hope the surrounding school and community organizations will avail themselves of the expertise of professors and staff from St. Bonaventure University, supplementing programs they already offer,” said Dr. Barry Gan, a longtime philosophy professor at St. Bonaventure and director of the university’s Center for Nonviolence. Gan is also chair of the university’s Faculty Senate.

The university has a long tradition in the arts and sciences, and now offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and programs in its school of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Journalism and Mass Communication. That means whether an organization is looking for an expert on Greek archeology or privacy in the digital age, St. Bonaventure faculty have myriad professional and personal topics they are willing to talk about.

“St. Bonaventure was recently named the No. 3 best value in the north (No. 1 best value in New York) by U.S. News and World Report. The Speakers Bureau provides our region’s schools and organizations with access to the faculty expertise that has made that ranking possible,” said University President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F.A list of speakers and topics is available at The website also has an electronic form to request a speaker. Requests should be made at least four weeks in advance.


About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, 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. We are establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools and careers in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition. Our students are becoming extraordinary.