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Dr. Christine A. Hunt, Chair
(716) 375-2315
Plassmann Hall Room B12
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778

What Can I Do With This Major?


SBU Elementary EducationThe undergraduate major in elementary education is designed to help students develop knowledge and skills necessary for effective teaching in today's elementary schools.

Students are prepared for the teaching profession in a way that is reflective of Franciscan service to others - an ideal that is central to the mission of St. Bonaventure University.

Elementary education majors prepare for New York teacher certification in Childhood Education (grades 1-6). Our graduates work in school districts all over the country, and should you want to teach outside of New York, our certification office will advise you on 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 freshman year. While you develop knowledge about teaching, you will spend a significant amount of time interning and teaching in actual classrooms.

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. 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 for your own classroom where you will be able to construct learning opportunities supportive of the intellectual, social, emotional and physical needs of a diverse student population. You will be a caring, professional educator.

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Elementary Education at SBU

Our majors get 1,000 hours of actual classroom experience.

Sinesiou, Craig C.

School of Education
ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT Elementary Education
CONTACT INFORMATION Office Phone: (716) 375-2451
OFFICE LOCATION Plassmann Hall, B46
  • CHST 493. Internship in Childhood Studies 
  • DIFF 509. Communication and Collaboration for Standards-based Differentiated Instruction 
  • SPED 230. Introduction to Special Education  
  • SPED 460. Communication and Collaboration Skills for Educators 
  • University 101: Skills for the Good Journey  
  • M.A., School Psychology, Alfred University
  • B.A., Psychology, Alfred University
ACCOMPLISHMENTS Along with my wife, Punkie, won a contest for naming a new Crayola crayon.
TEACHING PHILOSOPHY My teaching philosophy is forever evolving. Briefly stated, I believe students need to do more than regurgitate facts, what some refer to as “bulimic learning.” Content subject matter should not be taught in isolation; students need to see the relationship among various subject areas. They need to be able to understand theory and know how to apply it so that it becomes relevant in their world. They need to know “how to think,” to be able to evaluate, synthesize, and analyze information, and to be able to ask “what if…?” and “how can I make a change or a difference…?” 
  • Theater productions
  • Children’s Theatre Workshop
  • Boy Scouts
  • Presenting workshops pertaining to Special Education within the surrounding communities.
  • I also enjoy just talking with students about life.

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