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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 take over a classroom right now, and I'm comfortable there," 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

    Feb 8, 2017

    Dr. René Hauser
    Director of Differentiated Education

    Dr. René Hauser, director of differentiated education, presented a half day workshop on differentiated instructional strategies to 30 teachers in the Jamestown school district. Teachers from Love Elementary School participated in activities to help them clearly identify learning outcomes, differentiate their instruction based on student needs and interests, and develop differentiated assessments.


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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."