SJC’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:
- English: Literature
- Physical Education
Clubs and Activities
Resources and Downloads
- Dr. Karen Venditti presented “Scaffolding Early Readers for Optimal Comprehension”; “Vocabulary Extension in the Early Childhood: Setting: You Get What You Give”; and “Response to Instruction—The Impact on Early Childhood Educators” to teachers and administrators of Geminus Headstart of Lake County.
- Dr. Karen Venditti presented “What’s New in Children’s Literature” to the Kankakee Valley Reading Council.
- Dr. Karen Venditti and Dr. Jennifer Barce presented “Screening for Success: RTL [Ready to Learn] in Higher Education” at the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools annual conference.
- 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