Welcome from the Dean
Welcome to the St. Bonaventure School of
Education website! St. Bonaventure has been involved in the preparation
of educators since 1916. As a small, liberal arts university we are
particularly proud to have achieved accreditation from the National
Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in 2004.
This accreditation offers maximum
certification portability to our graduates. We have committed ourselves
to preparing future education professionals in as authentic an
environment as possible. We offer professional Development School (PDS)
programs in all initial teacher certification and have built all of our
programs around meaningful practicum experiences in our many partner
schools in New York and Pennsylvania.
We believe you learn to be an effective
education professional through extensive, supervised and structured
experiences in the real world. We apply this same belief to our advanced
master’s degree programs for teachers and to the preparation of school
and community mental health counselors and school administrators.
We have high standards for admission to
and retention in our programs, and graduates who are extremely
competitive candidates after leaving St. Bonaventure. We have built our
curricula around a conceptual framework that ties all coursework to a
central core of competencies.
We provide value-added, ethically based
programs that provide our degree candidates with competence in the form
of knowledge in their field, experience in authentic environments of
schools and agencies, and a commitment to social justice consistent with
our Franciscan tradition.
Please explore this website to learn more. You may link directly to the
pages listed to the left to learn more about the program that interests
you. You may also contact any of our program directors with specific
I am proud of the quality programs we offer and invite you to join us on a Journey to Excellence!