The undergraduate elementary education major 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.
Students choosing to enroll in the Elementary and Children with Disabilities (Special Education) program prepare for New York teacher certification in Childhood Education (grades 1–6) with dual certification in Children with Disabilities (grades 1-6). 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.
Every child has unique gifts and needs, and classroom teachers are best prepared when they are ready to meet the learning and developmental needs of all children. By the end of your 4-year degree 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. SBU students with dual Elementary & Children with Disabilities (Special Education) certification are uniquely prepared for the challenges of today’s 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.
Hallmarks of SBU Education Programs
- The School of Education and all of our programs are nationally accredited
- The program prepares you for up to THREE certifications- Early Childhood, Special Education, and Childhood
- 1,000 HOURS of classroom experience- beginning a student's freshmen year
- Diverse classroom experience through many grade levels, different types of classrooms, and school placements
- Rigorous expectations and high standards- a GPA of 3.0 is required throughout a student's four years
- Close community created through mentoring and close interactions between faculty, staff, and students
- A challenging curriculum enables students to understand the diverse needs of children and to develop a
repertoire of strategies to meet learners' needs leading to success on the job search
- We are there for our students every step of the way
- At SBU we say, "You need to figure this out, and we are here to help you!"
- We challenge our students to be passionate about their commitment to education
What makes our graduates great educators? They become:
Teachers who believe that all children can learn
Teachers who create positive, engaging learning environments that help students succeed
Teachers who are active members of school communities
Teachers who continue to learn
Teachers who are passionate
Teachers who are advocated for the profession
Teachers who use theory and research in the best interest of their students