Why Elementary 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. As an educator, you will have the opportunity to teach someone something new every day, a very gratifying experience.
- 3According to My Majors, “Elementary Education majors like to work with people, are effective leaders, are good with children age 12 and younger. They are organized, can communicate well and possess the power to motivate people.” If this description fits your personality, Elementary Education could be the perfect major for you.
Careers in Elementary Education
- Education Administrator
- Remedial Teacher
- Special Needs Teacher
- Teacher (K-6)
Alumni Graduate Schools
- University of Notre Dame
- Northwestern University
- University of Chicago
- Harvard University
- DePaul University
Why Study Elementary Education at Saint Joseph's College?
Our Elementary Education major leads to a Generalist Level License, a license enabling you to teach grades K-6. After graduation, you will be licensed to teach language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science to elementary level students.
SJC Elementary Education majors are allowed to minor in any field of their choosing. With that being said, SJC offers minors, such as Spanish, Mathematics for Elementary Education, and Exceptional Needs, that will make you a more marketable teacher.
Unlike large institutions where Education students do not begin working in classrooms until their junior or senior year, SJC’s Elementary Education students begin gaining hands-on experience in year one. As freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, Elementary Education majors are required to participate in our Professional Learning Experience (PLE) program, where they spend 60 hours per semester 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 Elementary 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 Elementary Education students into excellent teachers.
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, SJC's Education Division has an exceptionally high employment rate.
The SJC Education Division sets high standards for Education students and expects excellence from them. All 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.
Faculty and Class Size
Our Education Division consists of faculty who each hold a master's or doctoral degree in addition to having extensive experience. Classes range in size between 15 and 20 students.