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School of Education

Named a top 25 innovative teacher education program, St. Bonaventure has been involved in the preparation of educators since 1916 and we are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  

NCATE logoWe 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.

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 community 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.

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    Mar 30, 2015 | Mt. Irenaeus will host to an array of services from Holy Thursday until Easter Sunday. “Each service is moving and meaningful,” said Br. Kevin Kriso, O.F.M., guardian of Holy Peace Friary at Mt. Irenaeus. “They offer a chance to reflect in a unique way about one’s relationship with God and what it personally means to be redeemed.”

    Mar 27, 2015 | People who have been on campus for several years still have trouble grasping an understanding of what it truly means to be Franciscan. A new quarterly publication, Franciscan Connections, builds off of a previous journal, The Cord.