Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Our elementary education students often begin classroom study during their sophomore yearThe primary goal of the Education Department is to prepare competent teachers. The program operates on the premise that theory becomes internalized when learned in context and applied. This objective is possible because of early, sequential, and extensive field experiences. As a sophomore, you will complete a semester practicum. As a junior, you will complete a full year of internship, followed by student teaching in your senior year.

Strengths of the program:

  • Supervision for your student teaching is provided by professors very familiar with you and your teaching style.
  • Student teaching is done in local school, allowing for seminars and on-campus opportunities for inquiry.
  • Our students work with public schools students from the first year they arrive.
  • Methods courses are kept small by design to provide you multiple opportunities to practice teaching skills during the semester.
  • Through grants and partnerships, you can work with inner-city children through Project Wet and Project Wild.

Requirements of the program:

The elementary education major is a State of Maine-approved program that is comprised of liberal studies, education methodology and a continuum of field experiences. One semester of student teaching is required for teacher certification, but not for graduation. Elementary education students must maintain a "C" (73) in all courses required for the major. All methods courses must be completed prior to student teaching.

Students complete a "concentration" in English, math, science, or history. This concentration consisting of six courses leads to "highly qualified" status for certification in a subject area, in addition to being "highly qualified" in elementary education.

Students need to pass the Praxis series (I and II), which is required for state certification in elementary and secondary education. All students in education programs must pass Praxis I prior to senior student teaching.

Hands on in the Classroom

As an education student at St. Joe's you'll get experience working with teachers and school children in the classroom all four years. No waiting until senior year when it's time to student teach.

Freshman Year

You will have the opportunity to work in a local school district providing reading activities to students needing extra support.

Sophomore Year

You'll have a full-semester practicum. You'll observe, write reflective journals, and will work with small groups of students.

Junior Year

You'll have two teaching internships for two days a week for the entire year. In your first semester, you'll take part in K-3 placement and during the second semester, a 4-8 placement. You'll write lesson plans and teach as appropriate.

Senior Year

You'll spend an entire semester student teaching, giving you a full-time, intensive experience in the classroom. Our professors will supervise you in the classroom, and will run seminars once a week to debrief and discuss your experiences.

Secondary Education Minor 

A minor in Secondary Eucation is available and requires students to take 22 credit hours.

Students are required to maintain a "C" (73 or above) in all courses related to the secondary education minor. 

The approved program leading to certification in Secondary Education consists of a liberal arts major (English, chemistry, history, mathematics, biology, Latin); completion of required education courses; and a semester of student teaching. Students need to plan their schedules carefully each year to meet the requirements for the program. Field experiences are required as part of the minor. 

Education student gives perspective on hands-on learning

Joey Doane ’15 interned during his junior year at a local middle school, where he was able to incorporate what he learned in his education courses to this real-life setting.

Out of the class and into the classroom

students in Project WET Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) promotes the concept of water stewardship by training Saint Joseph's pre-service teachers to teach K-8 youngsters about water usage. As the Saint Joseph's education majors offer the after-school science sessions at a student center in Portland, they focus on problem solving and critical thinking as part of the classroom activities for these area youngsters.

SJC student teaching at Riverton Elementary education majors work with children at Riverton School as part of a service learning project connecting hands-on environmental science with literacy in reading and math. Riverton students and their teachers benefit from the new science unit, while Saint Joseph's pre-service teachers experience teaching in culturally diverse classrooms.