• Prof. Lana Zimmer in the Public Library with Education Students
  • Student Teachers in the Classroom
  • Student teachers showing students how to complete their coursework

Education Division

NCATE Logo - Shows SJC is an NCATE Accredited InstitutionSJC’s Education Division is a highly accredited program. All of our Education programs have been approved by the State of Indiana Professional Standards Board for the Training of Elementary and Secondary Teachers and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). In addition to maintaining accreditation, the Education Division faculty members are committed to creating successful educators at both the elementary and secondary level through the use of hands-on experience. By participating in our Professional Learning Experience (PLE) Program and co-teaching, Education Division students are more than prepared to teach and run their own classrooms after graduation. Our Education Division is proud to report an exceptionally high employment rate year after year.  

The Education Division includes the following programs and majors:

SJC’s Education Division offers programs that lead to licensure in elementary, middle, and high school settings. Students can minor in Education while majoring in:

Clubs and Activities

Resources and Downloads


  • Dr. Karen Venditti and Dr. Rochelle Robertson ’93 presented “Community Collaborations: One College’s Story about Creating a Small Farm Program” at the National/International Urban and Small Farm Conference in Milwaukee, Ind.
  • Dr. Lana Zimmer presented “The Power of Place: Confronting the Crisis of Global Sustainability through Critical Place-Based Curriculum” at the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies Annual Conference in Denver, Colo.

Opportunities for Hands-on Experience

Professional Learning Experience (PLE) Program

Unlike large institutions where Education students do not begin working in classrooms until their junior or senior year, SJC’s Education students begin gaining hands-on experience in year one. As freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, our Education students are required to participate in our Professional Learning Experience (PLE) program, where they spend a total of 120 hours over four semesters observing classroom practices and assisting teachers with class projects. All PLE experiences are directly tied to academic content and evaluated both by the classroom teacher and by course-specific projects.


As seniors, our Education students participate in co-teaching. Our co-teaching model allows teacher candidates and cooperating teachers to work together with students; they jointly share the planning, organization, delivery, and assessment of instruction as well as the physical classroom space.  Co-teaching takes place over a full semester and is a full-time experience, meaning seniors spend all day, every day in their chosen classroom. By requiring students to participate in both our PLE program and co-teaching, our hands-on approach turns Education students into excellent educators. 


New Education Studies Major/Minor – SJC now offers Education Studies as a major and minor, which is designed for students interested in pursuing careers with children and adolescents outside of the typical school setting. Graduates will be prepared to work in non-profit agencies, youth centers, after-school programs, museums, youth ministry, and more. 

Margaret Broderick '08 Elected to SJC Alumni Association Board of Directors”: former History Education major elected to Alumni Association Board of Directors

Bob Souza ’69 Elected to SJC Board of Fellows”: former Elementary Education major elected to SJC Board of Fellows

“New Approach Gives Student Teachers an Advantage”: Education Division implements Co-Teaching Program

Department Majors and Minors

Program Faculty

Explore the Core
  • SJC Education Students in the field

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Hoop House student workers

    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.