Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

  • Overview

    As an education student at Saint Joseph’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.

    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, Latin, math, science, or history. 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.

    Secondary Education Minor 

    A minor in secondary education is available and requires students to take 22 credit hours. Field experiences are required as part of the minor.

    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 placement and during the second semester, a 4-8 placement. 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

    • Janice Rey

      Assistant Professor of Education

      EdD, Loyola University

      MEd, Miami University

      BS, New Jersey City University

    • Thomas Hancock

      Assistant Professor of Education

      EdD, Nova Southeaster University

      MS, New Hampshire College

      BS, Husson College

    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

    Janice Rey

    Assistant Professor of Education

    EdD, Loyola University

    MEd, Miami University

    BS, New Jersey City University

    Thomas Hancock

    Assistant Professor of Education

    EdD, Nova Southeaster University

    MS, New Hampshire College

    BS, Husson College

  • Student Stories

    • 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.

    • Danielle Johnson

      Danielle Johnson ’10,’13 says education majors should be ready for anything as the education field is constantly changing.

    • Kathryn Bois

      Elementary education alumna Kathryn Bois ’13 is continuing her values-centered education at Boston College’s Urban Catholic Teachers Corps.

  • Career Moves

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