Student Teacher with elementary students outside

Elementary Education

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). By earning a degree in Elementary Education, you will be licensed to teach language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science to K-6 students.



BS in Elementary Education (4 year)

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)
  • Tutor

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.

Hands-on Experience

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.

Casey Hall '05

Casey Hall '05

Major: Elementary Education

Minor: Physical Education


Casey Hall '05, the principal at Tri-County Primary School in Remington, IN, shares how Saint Joseph's College proved to be his fast track to success as an educator.

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.