There are two ways to become a secondary school teacher at St. Bonaventure. Regardless of which you choose, you need to complete a major in the appropriate subject matter for teaching, which may be selected from English, social studies, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, Spanish, French, or Latin.
- While you complete a bachelor's degree in the subject area, you can earn a minor in secondary education. The secondary education minor leads to initial secondary teacher certification in New York state (grades 7-12). Students wishing to declare a minor in secondary education should consult with an adviser in the School of Education. This is a 37-credit minor and should be declared no later than a student’s sophomore year. For more information, please see the Minor in Secondary Education Program.
- After you complete a bachelor's degree in the subject area, you can pursue a Master of Secondary Education (MSED) in adolescence education. The School of Education at St. Bonaventure offers an MSED program in adolescence education, which leads to initial secondary teacher certification in New York state (grades 7-12). The teacher certification program is available as a fast-track master’s degree requiring three semesters of additional work after receipt of the bachelor’s degree. It is appropriate to talk with the program adviser as early as sophomore year to ensure that all prerequisite requirements for admission to the program are addressed. For more information, please see the MSED in Adolescence Education Program.
Interested students should contact:
Dr. Nancy Casey
Acting Dean, School of Education
Director of the Adolescence Education Program