Education (minor)

All of the SJC Education programs have been approved by the state of Indiana and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). SJC’s Education Division offers programs that lead to licensure in elementary, middle, and high school settings. Students can either major in Elementary Education or minor in Education while majoring in one of our 14 programs that lead to licensure.

DEPARTMENT

AVAILABLE DEGREES

Only available as a minor

Why Education?

  • 1According to The Princeton Review, “At a time when schools are being blamed for poor test scores and problem children, good teachers are needed more than ever. If you are creative, dedicated, enthusiastic, and compassionate, schools need you.”
  • 2Many people who work in Education find their jobs rewarding. Teachers teach someone something new every day, a very gratifying experience.
  • 3As an educator, you will have the opportunity to inspire students and teach subjects that you are passionate about.

 

Careers in Education

  • Education Administrator
  • Elementar Teacher
  • Remedial Teacher
  • Secondary Teacher
  • Special Needs Teacher

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • University of Notre Dame
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Chicago
  • Purdue University
  • DePaul University

Why Study Education at Saint Joseph's College?

Variety

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

  • Biology
  • Biology-Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • English: Literature
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education

The SJC Education Division is able to offer students several licenses and related options:

  • License available under the Elementary Education major: Generalist K-6
  • Licenses available under the Education minor:  Secondary 5-12
    • Language Arts
    • Mathematics
    • Science (Life Sciences, Chemistry)
    • Social Studies (Economics, Government, History)
  • Licenses available:  All Levels P-12
    • Fine Arts (Vocal and General Music, Instrumental and General Music)
    • Health/Physical Education
    • Visual Arts
  • Related options that make Education students, specifically Elementary Education students, more marketable:
    • Mathematics for Elementary Education minor
    • Exceptional Needs minor
    • Exceptional Needs dual licensure

Hands-on Experience

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, wherethey 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.  

Dedication to Excellence

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). As a result, the Education Division at SJC has an exceptionally high employment rate.

The SJC Education Division sets high standards for Education students. Education students are required to pass state-mandated basic skills exams prior to formal entrance to the Teacher Education Program and pass the specialty area exams prior to co-teaching.  Additionally, all candidates are required to be certified in CPR.

The SJC Education Division is pleased to report excellent pass rates on the Praxis II Content Knowledge Exams for their teacher candidates.  Pass rates by area are reported below.  An N/A indicates that there were no candidates in that area for that year.

Area: 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013
Biology N/A N/A N/A
Chemistry N/A 100% (1/1) N/A
Elementary Education 100% (14/14) 100% (7/7) 100% (12/12)
Exceptional Needs 100% (4/4) 100% (2/2) 100% (5/5)
Language Arts [LINK TO ENGLISH LITERATURE] 100% (1/1) 100% (4/4) 100% (2/2)
Mathematics 100% (3/3) 100% (5/5) N/A
Music 100% (3/3) 100% (2/2) 100% (1/1)
Physical Education 100% (3/3) 100% (1/1) 100% (1/1)
Social Studies [LINK TO HISTORY]               100% (2/2) 100% (4/4) 100% (2/2)

Faculty and Class Size

In addition to having extensive experience, each of the SJC Education Division faculty members holds a master's or doctoral degree. Classes range in size between 15 and 20 students.

Jessica Ruschke '14

Major: English

Minors: Education and Theatre

 Job After Graduation: Junior High Literature Teacher at St. Louis Catholic School in Batesville, IN

 

"The Core Program allows you to see the connections between disciplines, to interact with students outside your major, to examine other viewpoints, and to explore your own ideas and beliefs. "

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  • 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. 

  • Mentorship

    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.

  • Leadership

    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.

  • 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.

  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

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

  • Mentorship

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

  • High Quality Academics

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

     

  • Leadership

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

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.