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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


Nancy Cunniff Casey named acting dean of School of Education at SBU

Jun 19, 2015 |

Nancy Cunniff Casey, Ed.D., has been named acting dean of the School of Education at St. Bonaventure University, President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., announced today.

Casey, chair of the Department of Elementary Education and a longtime faculty member in the School of Education, begins her new role July 13 as current education dean Joseph E. Zimmer, Ph.D., transitions to the position of interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Nancy Casey, Ed.D.“It is a tremendous honor to be given this opportunity to serve the School of Education and work with the dedicated and accomplished faculty and staff,” said Casey.

“The programs in our school help students become accomplished and successful professionals who go on to careers where they serve with a sense of social justice. These are challenging times for education, and that makes the work we do all the more critical. I look forward to working with my colleagues to continue to improve our programs to meet the ever-changing needs in the world of education,” she said.

Casey joined the St. Bonaventure faculty as an assistant professor of education in 1989. She left the university two years later to work with the Russell Sage Foundation in New York and was recruited back to St. Bonaventure in 1998 to help develop and implement the Professional Development School model of instruction.

Casey was awarded the Faculty Award for Professional Excellence in Teaching in 2004 and was the 2015 recipient of the Faculty Award for Professional Excellence in University Service. She chairs the university’s Student Success and Retention Committee and takes an active role in student recruitment. 

She has developed a course and run workshops to help teacher candidates prepare for the battery of new certification tests in New York state, including edTPA, the new performance-based standardized assessment that all teachers must pass to become certified. St. Bonaventure teacher candidates had a 100 percent pass rate on the assessment in 2014.

Casey was a major developer of the university’s First-Year Experience (FYE) Program, which she directed from 2007 to 2012. In 1999, she helped secure a $1.16 million grant to bring cutting-edge technology to the School of Education and its partner community schools. She was also the key developer of the data gathering system used by the school to support its continuing accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Casey holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and elementary education from the College of St. Elizabeth, a master’s degree in early childhood education from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in computing in education from Teachers College at Columbia University, and a doctorate in instructional technology and media from Columbia University.



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