Why Exceptional Needs?
- 1If you plan to be an educator, you will most likely encounter individuals with special needs and disabilities during your career. According to Education Sector, an organization committed to education research and improvement, 14% of students under the age of 18 are considered to have exceptional needs.
- 2Although working with children with special needs is demanding, many professionals agree that the line of work is very gratifying.
- 3According to the United States Department of Labor, the job demand for teachers with special needs experience is expected to increase by 17% by 2020, while the demand for teachers without a license in Exceptional Needs is only anticipated to increase by 7%.
Why Study Exceptional Needs at Saint Joseph's College?
In addition to offering a BA in Elementary Education, SJC students can also receive their teaching licensure in 14 of our programs. Whether our students wish to teach in the elementary, middle, or high school setting, the SJC Education Division strives to create well-rounded, marketable educators. As a result, the SJC Education Division offers an Exceptional Needs minor that is open to all Education students. The minor prepares future educators to teach and assess children with special needs, both of which are marketable skills.
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. In order to ensure that our Exceptional Needs students are getting hands-on experience in their minor as well, the Education Division offers EDC 413: Intensive Field Placement in Exceptional Needs, which provides Exceptional Needs minors with initial supervised practical application of program knowledge, skills, and dispositions in an Exceptional Needs classroom.
Dedication to Excellence
SJC’s Education Division is a highly accredited program. At SJC, all 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 SJC Education graduates have an exceptionally high employment rate.
The SJC Education Division is also pleased to report excellent pass rates on the Praxis II Content Knowledge Exams. Since 2010, 100% of our Exceptional Needs minors have passed the Praxis II exam.
Faculty and Class Size
Our Education Division consists of faculty who each hold a master's or doctoratal degree in addition to having extensive experience. Classes range in size between 15 and 20 students.