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The School of Education at St. Bonaventure University


Named a top 25 innovative teacher education program, St. Bonaventure has been involved in the preparation of educators since 1916.

NCATE Accredited Institution Logo WebWe are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This performance-based accreditation system ensures that teacher candidates are prepared to make a difference in P-12 student learning.  

We 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.

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Ready for her own classroom

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. 

You'll learn to teach by teaching

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 clinical 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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Faculty Research & Honors

    May 11, 2017

    Dr. Barbara Trolley
    Professor of Counseling Education

    Dr. Barbara Trolley, professor of counselor education, had her proposal accepted by the national Association for Counseling, Education and Supervision (ACES). The proposal, titled "The Expanding Role of School Counselors in Working with Students with Disabilities," will be presented in Chicago, Ill., in October.


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The SBU difference

Parents of recent graduates praise preparation, cost-effectiveness of a St. Bonaventure Education:

"SBU made our daughter's dream come true."

"Thank you for the wonderful job in preparing Gabrielle for her future as an educator."