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Elementary Education at St. Bonaventure

ELEMENTARY & SPECIAL EDUCATION MAJOR

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.

Students choosing to enroll in the Elementary and Children with Disabilities (Special Education) program prepare for New York teacher certification in Childhood Education (grades 1–6) with dual certification in Children with Disabilities (grades 1-6). Graduates from our programs can be found in school districts all over the country, and should you want to teach outside of New York, our Certification Office will give you advice about obtaining certificates in other states.

Every child has unique gifts and needs, and classroom teachers are best prepared when they are ready to meet the learning and developmental needs of all children. By the end of your 4-year degree 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. SBU students with dual Elementary & Children with Disabilities (Special Education) certification are uniquely prepared for the challenges of today’s 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.

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

  • Fall in love at SBU

    And put what you learn to work.

    Zimmer, Kayla

    Kayla Zimmer
    TITLES/RESPONSIBILITIES Lecturer
    ACADEMIC SCHOOL School of Education
    ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT Elementary Education
    CONTACT INFORMATION Office Phone: (716) 375- 2167
    E-Mail: kzimmer@sbu.edu
    OFFICE LOCATION Plassmann Hall, B35
    COURSES TAUGHT
    • EDUC 201. Introduction to Teaching 
    • EDUC 220/220L. Basic Instructional Design 
    • EDUC 304. Methods, Models, and Management of Instruction 
    • EDUC 310. Methods and Models: Social Studies and Language Arts 
    • EDUC 312. Developmental Reading 
    • EDUC 325. Literature for Elementary Grades 
    • University 101: Skills for the Good Journey 
    ACADEMIC DEGREES
    • Ed.M., Elementary Education, State University of New York at Buffalo
    • B.A., English, State University of New York at Albany
    OTHER EDUCATION
    PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
    ACCOMPLISHMENTS
    • Co-presented with Dr. Nancy Casey at the 2006 Professional Development Schools National Conference (March 23-26, Orlando Florida) Guiding Inquiry: Shepherding and Scaffolding Action Research in the PDS
    • 2006-2007 Keenan Grant:  Response Systems in the Education Classroom: Using Technology to Actively Assess Learning in Process, $2,690.
    • 2007-2008 Keenan Grant: Using Literature to Engage Students in Conversations about Teaching, $610
    • Artwork has been on display in the St. Bonaventure Quick Center Gallery and the Yale University library
    TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

    It is my belief that my role in the classroom is to guide my students toward success. The field of education is ever-changing so it is as important that students learn “how to learn” as it is for them to learn the skills necessary to become effect teachers.

    I believe in an active, engaged classroom where learning happens through lecture, projects, discussion, group and individual work. I also believe in assessing students through a variety of methods including papers, projects, participation, exams and quizzes, group and individual work, because no one assessment can tell me everything there is to know about student success in the classroom.

    CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS/PROJECTS Pursuing a Ph.D. in reading at SUNY Buffalo; current research involves theory and language
    PERSONAL INTERESTS/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
    • Faculty organizer of the School of Education Book Club
    • Enchanted Mountain Aquatic Club, Swim-a-Thon director and Meet Manager
    • Odyssey of the Mind
    • Girl Scouts
    WEBSITE LINKS

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