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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 04, 2015 | Dr. Kanykei Kalieva will be at St. Bonaventure University for two days in April to discuss how poetry and music have impacted female identity in her home country of Kyrgyzstan as part of this year’s Women’s History Month celebration.

    Mar 03, 2015 | Dr. Richard Lee, assistant professor of journalism and mass communication at St. Bonaventure University and director of the integrated marketing communications master's degree program, was quoted frequently in a story titled "Bright Spots in the Sad State of Statehouse Reporting" about the shrinking pool of reporters covering state governments.

    Feb 27, 2015 | Juliette’s Book Club of Olean/Allegany will host Stephen Besecker, ’81, author of their February read “The Samaritan,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Robert R. Jones Board of Trustees Room in Doyle Hall at St. Bonaventure University.