Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education


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

The primary goal of Saint Joseph’s 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.

At a Glance

  • Student-teaching supervisors are well acquainted with students and their teaching styles.
  • Student teaching is done in local schools, allowing for seminars and on-campus opportunities for inquiry.
  • Students work with public school students from the first year they arrive.
  • Methods courses are kept small by design; students have multiple opportunities to practice teaching skills during the semester.
  • Through grants and partnerships, students can work with inner-city children through Project Wet and Project Wild.


The elementary education major at Saint Joseph’s College is a Maine-approved program comprised of liberal studies, education methodology, and a continuum of field experiences.

Students complete a concentration in English, math, science, history, or special education. This concentration consists of six courses and leads to “highly qualified” status for certification in a subject area, in addition to a “highly qualified” status 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. Students wishing to teach at the middle school and high school levels can choose from biologyphysical sciencesmathhistory, or English.

Hands-On Experiences: What to Expect

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 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 experience and during the second semester, a 4-8 experience. You’ll write lesson plans and teach.

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.

Partnering with Elementary Schools

Education student and Patricia Waters grow seedlings for a science curriculum for community-based learningThrough a Maine Campus Compact grant and part of community-based learning, education students put together a curriculum about pollinators. They worked in groups, each responsible to develop and teach one lesson plan to six classes at a local elementary school.

“They had to discover what worked and what didn’t. More so than getting the lesson right the first time, they needed to critically reflect and realize what went wrong. Many of their lessons included lots and lots (and lots!) of materials. When those materials were put on the table with kids, it influenced the elementary students’ engagement. That discovery will help them achieve one of the most important outcomes of this course: they discovered the impact of distraction. ”

—Dr. Patricia Waters


Kathleen Clements
Kathleen ClementsAssistant Professor of Education, Chair of Education, Director of Teacher Education
EdD, Northcentral University, Arizona MS, University of Houston, Clear Lake BA, Boston College
Kevin Mahoney
Kevin MahoneyAssistant Professor
EdD, Northeastern University MSED, Lesley University BS, Providence College
Patricia Waters
Patricia WatersAssistant Professor of Education
PhD, University of Rochester MS, Pace University BA, University of Rochester


Elementary education major Renee Leask

Renee Leask

Due to the pandemic, Renee student taught online and saw those ‘light-bulb’ moments in the kids faces. “I would not trade the experience I received for anything in the world.”

April Benak, elementary education

April Benak

While student teaching, the Special Education Director included April on an IEP meeting and always updated her on student accommodations.

Autumn Zubricki

“It’s four hours a week, twice a week, so it’s great. I really got to know all the kids. At the heart of it, I always knew I just wanted to be with, and help, kids.”


Although most students deciding to major in education will choose to become teachers, other career options exist as well.
  • Margaret stands in front of Xavier Hall.

Moon Landing, Flower Power, and Women’s Rights

Margaret Morrissette LeTourneau ’70 attended Saint Joseph's during a time of change. By the late ’60s activism related to women’s rights, the Vietnam War, and racial desegregation swept across the nation. In Standish, the Great Debate came: should the College go co-ed?