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.
Students who complete the elementary and middle school education program, maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher and pass the required Praxis exams (knowledge and skill assessment exams required for certification) can apply for Pennsylvania Level 1 teacher certification. The Office of Student Teaching and Field Experiences is available to help majors coordinate the required lab or field experiences as well as their full-time, 14-week student teaching placement during their final year.
Our Teacher Education Department also has a strong commitment to the study abroad program. Many of our students have the opportunity to study educational policies, practices and systems in an international context in locations such as Denmark, Ireland and Spain.