We're innovative and accredited educators

St. Bonaventure University's School of Education, involved in the preparation of educators since 1916, has been named a top 25 innovative teacher education program by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

NCATE Accredited Institution Logo WebWe are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This performance-based accreditation system ensures that teacher candidates are prepared to make a difference in P-12 student learning.

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.

Our students learn to teach by teaching

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 concentraion 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. 

Interested in a graduate studies program?

Learn about our School of Education graduate programs by completing our online Graduate Inquiry Form.

Future Job Market

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New York state will need 1,700 new teachers a year through the year 2022, according to the state Department of Labor.