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Have a question for Elementary & Early Childhood Education? Contact us.

Dr. Nancy Casey, Chair
ncasey@sbu.edu
(716) 375-2141
Plassmann Hall Room B48
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778

What Can I Do With This Major?

ELEMENTARY & EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Become an Extraordinary Teacher of Young Children

Early Childhood EducationThe undergraduate major in elementary education helps students develop knowledge and skills necessary for effective teaching in today's elementary schools. Students are prepared for teaching in a way that is reflective of Franciscan service to others - an ideal that is central to the mission of St. Bonaventure University.

Students who major in elementary and early childhood education prepare for New York teacher certification in Childhood Education (grades 1–6) with dual certification in Early Childhood Education (birth-grade 2).

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.

Teachers are best prepared when they learn how to teach in real classrooms, so our program involves students in extensive field experiences beginning in freshman year. While you develop knowledge 
about teaching, you will spend a significant amount of time interning and teaching in actual classrooms. As a student seeking early childhood certification, you will work not only in elementary classrooms, but in a variety of child care and preschool settings.

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.

For the two semesters before student teaching, you will be involved in a Professional Development School program where you and about 15 other SBU students (along with two faculty members) spend two days a week at a local elementary school. During those two semesters, you will develop the skills needed to create supportive learning environments for children. 

You will learn to adapt curriculum so that you can meet the learning and developmental needs of all children. By the end of your four-year program, you will be ready to work with young children, constructing learning opportunities to meet their intellectual, social, emotional and physical needs. You will be a caring, professional educator.

Zimmer, Kayla

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/Hours Plassmann Hall, B37
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 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
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
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