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.
For incoming education majors, we offer a number of bachelor's degree programs.
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.
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.
Meet Dr. Lisa C. Buenaventura, school 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.
*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.