Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

  • Overview

    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.
  • Curriculum

    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. One semester of student teaching is required for teacher certification, but not for graduation.

    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 biology, chemistry, math, history, 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.

  • Some of our faculty
    • Kathleen Clements

      Assistant Professor of Education, Chair of Education, Director of Teacher Education

      EdD, Northcentral University, Arizona
      MS, University of Houston, Clear Lake
      BA, Boston College

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    • Joan Flagg-Williams

      Associate Professor of Education

      PhD, University of Connecticut
      MEd, University of New Hampshire
      BA, Goucher College

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    Kathleen Clements

    Assistant Professor of Education, Chair of Education, Director of Teacher Education

    EdD, Northcentral University, Arizona
    MS, University of Houston, Clear Lake
    BA, Boston College

    Learn more about Kassy

    Joan Flagg-Williams

    Associate Professor of Education

    PhD, University of Connecticut
    MEd, University of New Hampshire
    BA, Goucher College

    Learn more about Joan

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  • Student Stories
    • Autumn Zubricki

      “It's four hours a week, twice a week, so it's great. I am really getting to know all the kids. At the heart of it, I always knew I just wanted to be with, and help, kids.” — Autumn ’18 education student, about her internship experience at a local school.

    • Joey Doane

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

    • Rachel Pelletier

      “The thing I like most about teaching is the relationships...it’s special to me to make those relationships with the kids and to be a positive influence in their lives.” — Rachel ’16, 4th grade teacher

  • Career Moves
    Although most students deciding to major in education will choose to become teachers, other career options exist as well.