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.
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
*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.
- 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.
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.