St. Bonaventure University

Education Early Assurance Program

Qualified high school seniors who enroll in an undergraduate teacher-preparation program have a reserved seat in one of our master's degree programs upon completion of their undergraduate studies.

Program requirements

To qualify for early assurance students must meet ONE of the following qualifications:
  • a minimum high school grade point average of 3.5 (90%)
  • 1100 score on the SAT or 22 on the ACT
  • a grade of A (93% or higher) in an education class taken in high school
  • for transfer students: any of the above or a 3.5 GPA or higher in education courses

Undergraduate (bachelor's degree) program options

Once accepted into the early assurance track, students pursue one of three undergraduate teacher-preparation programs:
  • Adolescence Education, for students seeking New York state certification in specific secondary (7-12) subjects.
  • Childhood Education, which offers four distinct bachelor's degree majors for students who intend to teach in elementary grades. Note: Childhood Education majors may acquire childhood special education certification, allowing them to expand their certification area to include either early childhood or secondary.
  • Physical Education, for students seeking certification in physical education and coaching.
Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to progress through an undergraduate teacher-preparation program.

Graduate (master's degree) program options

Upon satisfactory completion of your undergraduate degree, passage of required tests and acquisition of New York state teacher certification,* a reserved seat awaits you in one of these School of education graduate programs in Inclusive Special Education or B-12 Literacy:
  • Early Childhood Inclusive Special Education, which prepares teachers to teach students with disabilities from birth to grade 2.
  • Childhood Special Education, which prepares teachers to teach students with disabilities from grades 1 to 6.
  • Secondary Inclusive Special Education (7-12) Generalist, which prepares teachers to teach students with disabilities from grades 7-12, in resource rooms, co-taught classrooms, as well self-contained, nonacademic, special education classrooms.
  • B-12 Literacy Education, which prepares teachers to be reading and literacy teachers who can work in public and private school settings/educational centers with students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade as well as in childcare centers birth to pre-K. These specialists can continue to be classroom teachers specialized reading teachers who assist students individually or in small groups pushing into or outside of the classroom. After a few years of teaching experience, this degree also qualifies one as a literacy instructional coach.  
*Students typically begin a master's degree program prior to being certified and are allowed to complete certification requirements during the first semester of graduate studies.

How to apply for early assurance

When applying for admission to St. Bonaventure, whether using the free Common Application or St . Bonaventure’s free application, applicants should indicate, under the “Pre-Professional” question, that they wish to apply for an early assurance program.