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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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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


St. Bonaventure students attend orientation conference at SUNY Oneonta over spring break

Mar 13, 2019 |

Three St. Bonaventure University students attended a conference over the university’s spring break aimed at enhancing the new-student experience at colleges and universities.

The Region IX conference of the Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education (NODA), held March 7-10 at the State University of New York at Oneonta, invited students and professionals from colleges and universities in the Northeast to share their programs and best practices in student orientation and transition services. NODA is an international organization that provides education, leadership and professional development in the fields of college student orientation, transition and retention.

Conference presentations were led by professionals, graduate students, and undergraduate orientation leaders.

Ryan Signorino and Cammie DutchessRyan Signorino, a senior journalism major at St. Bonaventure, gave a presentation on building and maintaining team chemistry during student orientation. His presentation, “Iconic and Benevolent Bonds: Building Strong Team Chemistry,” addressed team dynamics, incorporating research into the stages of team development, and their application among student orientation leaders.

“It was my second year attending the conference and it was an amazing experience,” said Signorino. “It was fun to meet orientation leaders from other schools, be able to make connections, and learn what others do with their programs.”

The conference included an undergraduate case study competition in which two St. Bonaventure students earned top presentation awards. The competition separated undergraduates into small groups of students from various institutions. The groups analyzed an orientation-based case study and presented solutions to the case to a panel of judges. The case study focused on themes of inclusion for students with disabilities.

Signornio’s group won the Best Communication Skills award, while a group that included Cammie Dutchess, a sophomore strategic communication major at St. Bonaventure, won the Best Problem-Solving Skills award.

Said Dutchess, “The case study competition was a great way to collaborate with other conference-goers to see how other orientation leaders would resolve the problem. I think my team worked well together to come up with a solution to our conflict. I am very proud of my group for winning our award.”

Another St. Bonaventure attendee, junior adolescent education major Calsey Bump, participated in NODA’s Returning Orientation Leadership Institute (ROLI), a group experience for returning orientation leaders with orientation supervision responsibilities at their respective schools. The training program, led by professional mentors, helped prepare her for her upcoming role as an orientation coordinator at St. Bonaventure this summer, said Bump.

“Being in the ROLI program was such an eye-opening experience. It allowed me to share my ideas from our orientation program at St. Bonaventure, but also hear from my new friends about how they run their orientation,” she said. “I gained many new insights and perspectives on ideas that I can’t wait to share with my team this summer. ROLI truly inspired me in many ways, to not only be the best orientation coordinator that I can be, but also the best person I can be.”

Signorino and Dutchess will join Bump as orientation team leaders at St. Bonaventure this summer. 


About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, we believe in the goodness of every person and in the ability of every person to do extraordinary things. 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. Named the #1 regional university value in New York and #2 in the North by U.S. News and World Report, we are establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools and careers in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition.