Education - Elementary and Middle School (Grades 4 - 8)
At Saint Joseph's University, faculty in the education department are dedicated to helping future teachers understand adolescent minds. Courses within the department concentrate on social studies, science, mathematics and English/literacy. Additionally, there is a focus on elementary and middle school education courses that emphasize instructional techniques, adolescent development and the role of schools in society.
Field Experiences and Student Teaching
In addition, the Office of Student Teaching and Field Experiences helps you coordinate field placements in K-12 schools, as well as full-time, 14-week student-teaching placement.
Students who successfully complete the program, maintain a GPA of 3.0 and pass the required PRAXIS exam - a knowledge and skills assessment exam required for certification - can apply for Pennsylvania Level 1 teacher certification (certification is good for six years of teaching before renewal). With level 1 certification in secondary education, certified teachers can take the content exams for teaching other grade levels as well as other content areas. You cannot take the exams for getting certified as a reading specialist, special education or health and physical education unless you complete the respective programs.
The education department also has a strong commitment to the study abroad program here at Saint Joseph’s University. Many of our students have the opportunity to study student education in an international context in such locations as Denmark, Ireland and Spain.
As an education major, you'll have the option to take Service-Learning classes. These classes combine academics with experience and reflection. Lectures, texts, and tests are enhanced by weekly service engaging schools and non-profit agencies that are making a difference in the Philadelphia area.