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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


Annual Hut-A-Thon at St. Bonaventure raises $1,050 for Genesis House

Mar 18, 2015 |

By Emily Rosman, ’17

St. Bonaventure University's Counseling Education program, along with the Phi Rho Counseling Honor Society, hosted its annual Hut-A-Thon to raise awareness about homelessness and mental illness.

Phi Rho is the St. Bonaventure chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society for students, professional counselors and counselor educators.   

Members of Phi Rho set up an actual hut and collected money throughout the weekend. The $1,050 collected were donated to the Genesis House, which is a homeless shelter in Olean, N.Y.

The Hut-A-Thon took place Feb 26-28. The volunteers collecting money chose to target high traffic times on campus, including after a men’s basketball game. They also gave out candy as mini-rewards to those who donated to the Hut-A-Thon.

“It was a lot of preparation, but knowing that the Genesis House is being given a generous donation is rewarding,” said Erin Pruess, School of Education graduate assistant and president of Phi Rho. “We hope that the tradition continues and that next year we can make even more of a difference in the community.”

Additionally, Dr. Alan Silliker, program director of Counselor Education, sends his gratitude to “the maintenance crew for having set up our hut adjacent to the RC…and to all contributors and the counseling students who stood in the frigid temperatures to collect contributions. They were very energetic in their efforts to attract contributions from students, staff, faculty and the local community.”


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