St. Bonaventure University

School of Education


Involved in the preparation of educators since 1916, we're recognized by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education as a Top 25 Innovative program, and we're NCATE accredited.

NCATE accreditation iconThis performance-based accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education ensures that teacher candidates are prepared to make a difference in P-12 student learning.

The School of Education has applied for initial accreditation through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). We are in the process of completing our self-study and are scheduled for our accreditation site visit in October 2022.

We offer Professional Development School (PDS) programs in all initial teacher certification. Many of our programs are offered in a hybrid, or "blended," format, which integrates classroom instruction with online activities.

5 undergraduate degrees offering intensive preparation and innovative teaching strategies


For incoming education majors, we offer a number of bachelor's degree programs.

  • ADOLESCENCE EDUCATION: For students seeking New York state certification in specific secondary (7-12) subjects.

  • *EDUCATIONAL STUDIES: For students seeking careers working with children and families.

  • CHILDHOOD EDUCATION:  Four distinct Bachelor of Science degrees for students who want to be elementary school teachers.

  • PHYSICAL EDUCATION: For students seeking certification in PE and coaching.

  • SPORT STUDIES: A non-teaching major for students seeking careers in wellness and leisure industries, sports management and a host of related occupations.

6 MSED degrees and 3 advanced certificate programs


Master's Degree Programs
  • ADOLESCENCE EDUCATION For those with a bachelor's degree in a content subject who seek 7-12 certification in New York state.

  • *B-12 LITERACY: For certified teachers seeking a master's degree  to teach birth to Grade 12 as a literacy coach, reading teacher, or literacy specialist.

  • EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP: For teachers looking to become future leaders through critical inquiry, reflection and dynamic leadership strategies. 

  • INCLUSIVE SPECIAL EDUCATION: Designed to help teachers to meet the ever-changing demands of diverse classrooms and may be completed by teachers with certification in nearly any area or grade level. This program has three different certification tracks.
  • Early Childhood Inclusive Special Education
  • Childhood Inclusive Special Education
  • Secondary Inclusive Special Education (7-12) Generalist
  • CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING: Designed for individuals who wish to serve as counselors in community-based agencies — for example, mental health and social service agencies, hospitals, clinics, and college counseling centers.

  • SCHOOL COUNSELING: Designed for individuals who wish to serve as counselors in K-12 settings.

Advanced Certificate Programs
  • SCHOOL BUILDING LEADER: Designed for elementary and secondary teachers and school counselors seeking to become school principals.

  • SCHOOL DISTRICT LEADER: Designed for candidates seeking to become administrators at the district level (superintendents).

  • SCHOOL COUNSELING: For individuals possessing a master’s degree and credential in school counseling (typically a 48 hour degree) and needing additional coursework to meet the credit hour criteria for permanent certification in New York.


Effective educators, great leaders


Classroom instruction, authentic off-campus and meaningful extracurricular experiences position our graduates to be knowledgeable and innovative teachers.

Experiential learning: A cornerstone of our program


We believe you become an effective educator through extensive, supervised and structured real-world experience, so our programs are built around meaningful practicum sessions in our many partner schools in New York and Pennsylvania.

This is also true of our advanced master’s degree programs for teachers as well as the preparation of school and clinical mental health counselors and school administrators.  

All initial teacher preparation programs require coursework in both professional education studies and an academic area. Elementary education majors complete an academic concentration of no fewer than 30 credit hours in a liberal arts area. Physical education majors complete their academic concentration in biology.

This combination of classroom instruction and authentic off-campus experience means our graduates are not only knowledgeable in their area of academic interest, but have demonstrated their effectiveness in the field, making them very desirable candidates in the job market. Ninety-four percent (94%) of recent graduates are either working in their chosen field or continuing their education.


  • About the School of Education


    The School of Education at St. Bonaventure University is nationally accredited by NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. This means that all of our undergraduate and graduate programs meet local, state, and professional standards in education.
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    Meet Dr. Lisa C. Buenaventura

    School of Education Dean
    Dr. Lisa C. Buenaventura, who has more than 30 years of experience in K-12 and higher education, was appointed dean of St. Bonaventure University's School of Education effective June 1, 2017.

    Dr. Buenaventura came to SBU from the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she served as special assistant to the provost for special projects. Prior to that appointment, she served UMass-Boston as assistant vice chancellor for co-curricular learning and assessment, then as the interim vice chancellor for student affairs. She also was an adjunct faculty member in Asian American Studies and the Higher Education Doctoral Program.

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    *Program name changes
    Please note that two School of Education programs recently underwent name changes. 
    • The undergraduate educational studies program was formerly known as childhood studies.
    • The graduate B-12 literacy program was formerly known as adolescent literacy.