The undergraduate major in elementary education is designed to help students develop knowledge and skills necessary for effective teaching in today's elementary schools.
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.
Elementary education majors prepare for New York teacher certification in Childhood Education (grades 1-6). Our graduates work in school districts all over the country, and should you want to teach outside of New York, our certification office will advise you on obtaining certificates in other states.
Teachers are best prepared when they learn how to teach in real classrooms, so our program involves students in extensive field experiences beginning freshman year. While you develop knowledge about teaching, you will spend a significant amount of time interning and teaching in actual classrooms.
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 create their own knowledge and develop as teachers.
For the two semesters before student teaching, you will be involved in a Professional Development School program where you and about 15 other SBU students (along with two faculty members) spend two days a week at a local elementary school. You will develop the skills needed to create supportive learning environments for children.
You will learn to adapt curriculum so that you can meet the learning and developmental needs of all children. By the end of your four-year 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. You will be a caring, professional educator.