Call for Comments
The School of Education is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), Oct. 23-25, 2022. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the evaluation team. To learn more and submit written testimony, CLICK HERE
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.
This 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. Early assurance program available.
- *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. Early assurance program available.
- PHYSICAL EDUCATION: For students seeking certification in PE and coaching. Early assurance program available.
- SPORT STUDIES: A non-teaching major for students seeking careers in wellness and leisure industries, sports management and a host of related occupations.
*Formerly known as Childhood Studies
Consider our early assurance opportunity
We offer an early assurance program for qualified high school seniors who enroll in an undergraduate teacher-preparation program. Those accepted into the early assurance program have a reserved seat awaiting them in one of three St. Bonaventure master's degree programs upon completion of their undergraduate studies and teacher certification. To learn more about early assurance, click here
6 MSED degrees and 4 advanced certificate programs
Master's Degree Programs
- 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. (This program replaces two former programs: Childhood Literacy and Adolescent Literacy.)
- EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP: For teachers looking to become future leaders through critical inquiry, reflection and dynamic leadership strategies.
- ADOLESCENCE EDUCATION: This one-year program provides individuals who have a baccalaureate degree in a content subject the opportunity to become initialy certified to teach that subject in grades 7-12 in New York state.
- INCLUSIVE SPECIAL EDUCATION: The 100% online program is designed to help teachers meet the ever-changing demands of diverse classrooms and may be completed by teachers with certificatin ne nearly any area or grade level.
- CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING: This 100% online program is 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: This 100% online program 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).
- CHILDHOOD B-6 LITERACY EXTENSION ACS: For SBU graduates (from 2000 to 2020 only) who earned a master's in Adolescent Literacy 5-12 and wish to extend their certification to B-12.
- ADOLESCENT 5-12 LITERACY EXTENSION ACS: For SBU graduates (from 2000 to 2020 only) who earned a master's in Childhood Literacy B-6 and wish to extend their certification to B-12.
Please Note: Enrollment in our advanced certificate program in Teaching Students with Exceptionalities has been paused for the time being. Please return to this webpage for updates.
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.
- Field experiences for tutoring and observing students in P-12 classrooms. Hours vary depending on the course with which the experiences are associated, but range from 10-30 hours during a semester.
- Field block experiences for Childhood Education, Physical Education, and Adolescence Education where students spend at least two days/week in P-12 classrooms assisting cooperating teachers by teaching lessons, working with individual students or small groups, observing, or tutoring. Childhood Education and Physical Education have two field block experiences, while Adolescence Education has one.
- Student teaching where students in Childhood Education, Physical Education spend two 7-week sessions in P-12 classrooms as the teacher of record, supervised by a cooperating teacher and University supervisor.
- Bona's Education Association: Internal SOE student club for undergraduate students to assist the community through service projects.
- Kappa Delta Phi Honors Society: An honors society for undergraduate and graduate students who achieve a GPA above 3.0.
- Every spring with a few exceptions, two faculty members take a group of students to St. Michael’s School outside of Albuquerque, N.M., to teach and provide support to the Native American community, which is impoverished and has very limited resources. The students engage in teaching experiences, while also learning about the plight of marginalized populations.
- Undergraduate students may be invited to join the Honors Program. Invited students take honors courses and also complete a research project, which becomes a culminating capstone project for them. This allows them to focus on an area of interest and to work with faculty as they develop their research skills.
- Practica and internships or student teaching for Counseling, Educational Leadership, Inclusive Special Education, and Literacy. Counseling requires two semester-long practicum experiences and two semester-long internships within P-12 for school counseling or mental health agencies.
- Educational Leadership has a 600-hour practicum and a 200 hour internship for the School Building Leader certification. For School District Leader, there is a 90-hour practicum and a 90-hour internship in P-12 settings within school buildings (for SBL) or central office (for SDL).
- Literacy candidates spend several hours a week in a P-12 setting to assist individual students or groups with reading and literacy throughout their year-long program. In addition, they participate in a Reading Clinic with children and youth during their final semester (approx. 50 hours) where they provide assessment and follow-up tutoring support to students.
- Chi Sigma Iota is an honors society for Counseling candidates. It provides activities, such as professional development training for candidates and may be involved in other service activities related to the profession.
The Reading Center is a collaborative clinic that serves the literacy needs of children in the Southern Tier of New York and Northern Tier of Pennsylvania.
Students in pre-K through 12th grades are granted the opportunity to strengthen their reading skills through programs conducted by graduate level literacy teachers.
Learn more about The Reading Center
An 18-hour minor in leadership, open to all degree-seeking students regardless of their majors, offers a curriculum that spans academic schools at the university.
The program prepares students, through mentorship, personal development and internship opportunities, to serve effectively in formal and informal leadership roles on campus and in their lifelong pursuits.
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.
- The School of Education and all of our programs are nationally accredited.
- You will accumulate up to 1,000 hours of classroom experience, beginning your freshman year, with placements in variance schools, grade levels, and different types of classrooms.
- We help ensure your success by holding you to high expectations and standards; a 3.0 GPA is required throughout your four years of study.
- You are part of a close community created through mentoring and close interactions between faculty, staff and students.
Students are prepared for the teaching profession in a way that is reflective of Franciscan service to others, an ideal that is central to the mission of St. Bonaventure University.
We believe that every child has unique gifts
and needs, and we pride ourselves on preparing our students to meet the learning and developmental needs of all children. By the end of your four-year degree program, you will be ready for your own classroom where you will be able to construct learning
opportunities supportive of the intellectual, social, emotional and physical needs of a diverse student population.
Within a curriculum focusing on developmental learning theories, pedagogy, principles of classroom management, and sound
educational research, SBU education majors are encouraged to be active participants as they learn and develop as teachers.
Our graduates work in school districts all over the country, and our certification office will advise you on obtaining
certificates in other states.
Our students become great teachers because:
- They believe that all children can learn
- They are able to create positive, engaging learning environments that help students succeed
- They become active members of school communities
- They understand the need to continue to learn
- They are passionate about teaching
The St. Bonaventure University School of Education prepares highly qualified, effective educators at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The Franciscan commitment to social justice through respect for diversity and the dignity and worth of the individual provides the foundation for our work with university students and school communities.
Our state and nationally accredited programs integrate theory with practice and meet rigorous academic and professional standards. Our collaborative and highly qualified faculty members guide candidates on their journey of professional and personal discovery.
The conceptual framework for the School of Education at St. Bonaventure University is organized around three themes:
- Social Justice
The School of Education prepares practitioners who are knowledgeable, reflective learners and who possess a keen understanding of the inherent worth of individuality and diversity.
Learn more at CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK
The School of Education at St. Bonaventure University is required to publish state teacher certification examination pass rates on an annual basis. To view these pass rates, please visit our School of Education Accreditation page.
Mar 16, 2023 | Dr. Daekyun Oh, assistant professor of physical education, presented research at the National Academy for Health and Physical Literacy (NAHPL) National Summit, held March 6-9 in Newport, Rhode Island.
Mar 16, 2023 | An article in the Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision by Dr. Chad Luke, associate professor of counselor education, and colleagues examines the use of experiential learning groups to teach a career counseling course that students historically struggle to engage in.
Mar 16, 2023 | Dr. Nate Smith, assistant professor of counselor education, gave a presentation titled "Watching Them Walk the Tightrope: Anti-LGBTQIA Youth Legislation Counseling Supervision & Ethics" at the 2023 Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Midwinter Conference in Georgetown, Texas.