Education - Elementary and Middle School Education (Grades 4 - 8)

Each day, late elementary and middle school students face the challenges of early adolescence. On top of classwork and homework, pre-teen learners are also building their identities and trying to understand their place in social circles and communities. It's no surprise that at such a volatile age, academics are often the least of students' concerns.

Elementary and middle school teachers have the unique task of educating pre-teen and early teen learners while helping them navigate the trials of growing up. At Saint Joseph's, a distinguished faculty works with aspiring teachers to confront critical questions, learn pedagogical theories and practices, and understand the development of adolescent minds. In addition to concentrating on a specific content area -- social studies, science, mathematics or English/literacy -- elementary and middle school education courses 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.

The demand for quality education professionals is on the rise. Building upon our existing expertise in this sector, Saint Joseph's University has created a  School of Health Studies and Education, which will officially open in the Fall of 2019. Over 40 existing undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs, including this one, will be housed in this school.