Students at Saint Joseph’s University who major in English, mathematics, biology, Latin, Spanish, Italian, French, or history may add a double major in secondary education. The combination of these programs provides you with the background required to apply for certification as a high school teacher in their specialty area.
The education major includes courses focusing on adolescent development, the social context of schooling, linguistic and cultural diversity, instructional design and learning assessment, and accommodating instruction to diverse learning challenges. You work with a primary advisor in your field of study. Additionally, you have the opportunity to work with an advisor from the teacher education department. This helps you to pursue your passion for a particular subject while also preparing to teach after graduation. You are also expected to complete a semester-long student-teaching experience in your final semester at SJU.
Flexibility of Opportunities
The education department also has a strong commitment to the study abroad program here at Saint Joseph’s University. You have the opportunity to study student education in an international context in such locations as Denmark, Spain, and Ireland.
- Dual majors
Many education courses at Saint Joseph's University involve a field component to prepare you for your student teaching experience. In these courses, you spend three hours per week in a high school. Field experience requirements increase in responsibility from first observing teachers in their area of study, then assisting with small group work and finally preparing and teaching lesson plans. The teacher education and special education departments have strong relationships with local public, charter and private schools and will manage this field component for students. The departments emphasize a strong commitment to urban education and a preferential option for low-income families.