ELEMENTARY EDUCATION MAJOR

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The undergraduate elementary education major 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.

Hallmarks of SBU Education Programs

  • The School of Education and all of our programs are nationally accredited
  • The program prepares you for up to THREE certifications- Early Childhood, Special Education, and Childhood
  • 1,000 HOURS of classroom experience- beginning a student's freshmen year
  • Diverse classroom experience through many grade levels, different types of classrooms, and school placements
  • Rigorous expectations and high standards- a GPA of 3.0 is required throughout a student's four years
  • Close community created through mentoring and close interactions between faculty, staff, and students
  • A challenging curriculum enables students to understand the diverse needs of children and to develop a
    repertoire of strategies to meet learners' needs leading to success on the job search 
  • We are there for our students every step of the way
  • At SBU we say, "You need to figure this out, and we are here to help you!"
  • We challenge our students to be passionate about their commitment to education

What makes our graduates great educators? They become:

  • Teachers who believe that all children can learn
  • Teachers who create positive, engaging learning environments that help students succeed
  • Teachers who are active members of school communities 
  • Teachers who continue to learn
  • Teachers who are passionate
  • Teachers who are advocated for the profession
  • Teachers who use theory and research in the best interest of their students
  • Elementary Education at SBU

    Confident in her School of Education preparation, Karen Jablonski can't wait for her opportunity to be what she's always wanted to be: a teacher. "I can take over a classroom right now, and I'm comfortable here," she says. 


    Making their Mark

    {Click on the image and find out how our 2016 education grads are Making Their Mark}

    Sinesiou, Craig C.

    Craig Sinesiou
    TITLES/RESPONSIBILITIES Lecturer
    ACADEMIC SCHOOL School of Education
    ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT Elementary Education
    CONTACT INFORMATION Office Phone: (716) 375-2451
    E-mail: csinesio@sbu.edu 
    OFFICE LOCATION Plassmann Hall, B46
    COURSES TAUGHT
    • CHST 493. Internship in Childhood Studies 
    • DIFF 509. Communication and Collaboration for Standards-based Differentiated Instruction 
    • SPED 230. Introduction to Special Education  
    • SPED 460. Communication and Collaboration Skills for Educators 
    • University 101: Skills for the Good Journey  
    ACADEMIC DEGREES
    • M.A., School Psychology, Alfred University
    • B.A., Psychology, Alfred University
    OTHER EDUCATION
    PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
    ACCOMPLISHMENTS Along with my wife, Punkie, won a contest for naming a new Crayola crayon.
    TEACHING PHILOSOPHY My teaching philosophy is forever evolving. Briefly stated, I believe students need to do more than regurgitate facts, what some refer to as “bulimic learning.” Content subject matter should not be taught in isolation; students need to see the relationship among various subject areas. They need to be able to understand theory and know how to apply it so that it becomes relevant in their world. They need to know “how to think,” to be able to evaluate, synthesize, and analyze information, and to be able to ask “what if…?” and “how can I make a change or a difference…?” 
    CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS/PROJECTS
    PERSONAL INTERESTS/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
    • Theater productions
    • Children’s Theatre Workshop
    • Boy Scouts
    • Presenting workshops pertaining to Special Education within the surrounding communities.
    • I also enjoy just talking with students about life.
    WEBSITE LINKS

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