Elementary Education PK-4
Learning Goals and Objectives
Goal 1: The student will demonstrate an understanding of learner development.
Objective 1.1: The student will explain how learning occurs—how learners construct knowledge, acquire skills and develop disciplined thinking processes.
Objective 1.2: The student will identify readiness for learning and explain how development in one area may affect performance in others.
Goal 2: The student will demonstrate an understanding of learning differences.
Objective 2.1: The student will identify and explain reasons for differences in children’s learning and performance.
Objective 2.2: The student will articulate learner strengths based on their individual experiences, prior learning, and peer and social group interactions, as well as language, culture, family and community values.
Goal 3: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the central concepts of PK-4 teaching.
Objective 3.1: The student will identify and describe major concepts, assumptions, debates, processes of inquiry, and ways of knowing that are central to PK-4 teaching.
Objective 3.2: The student will identify and describe PK-4 content standards and learning progressions.
Goal 4: The student will plan instruction that supports PK-4 student learning.
Objective 4.1: The student will plan for instruction based on appropriate curriculum goals and content standards.
Objective 4.2: The student will plan instruction that is responsive to the identified strengths and needs of individual learners.
Goal 5: The student will demonstrate understanding and effective use of multiple methods of assessment.
Objective 5.1: The student will define and interpret types of valid and reliable education assessments (including screening, diagnostic, formative, summative, and authentic) and identify principles of their effective use.
Objective 5.2: The student will analyze and interpret assessment data to identify patterns and gaps in learning, to guide planning and instruction, and to provide meaningful feedback to all learners and their guardian.
Goal 6: The student will demonstrate an understanding of educating for social justice.
Objective 6.1: The student will describe key elements of interacting positively and respectfully with those of different racial, ethnic, language and socioeconomic backgrounds and sexual orientations.
Objective 6.2: The student will identify and describe practices and policies that reinforce inequalities and that undermine PK-4 student learning, as well as what can be done to challenge such practices in order to create a more just society.
The traditional undergraduate programs include 40 courses distributed across three components: A General Education component divided into Signature Courses, Variable Courses, and an Integrative Learning requirement; a Major and Divisional component; and Free Electives. In addition to course requirements as specified in each area, students must complete one certified course in each of the following overlay areas:
- Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
- Ethics Intensive, and
- Writing Intensive. Overlay requirements are part of the forty-course requirement.
Saint Joseph’s University has established a General education program for all undergraduate students: The following courses must be included as GEP courses for education majors:
General Education Signature Courses
See this page about Signature courses. Six courses
General Education Variable Courses
See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses
|One Science Course with Lab|
General Education Overlays
|EDU 150||Schools in Society-Fr Seminar||3|
|EDU 246||Literacy, Language and Culture||3|
|EDU 151||Develop, Cognition, & Learning||3|
|SPE 160||Intro to Special Education||3|
General Education Integrative Learning Component
See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses
|HIS 201||American History to 1877||3|
|or HIS 202||American Hist. 1865 to Present|
|MAT 111||The Mathematics of Patterns||3|
|or MAT 118||Introduction to Statistics|
|SPE 160||Intro to Special Education||3|
GEP Electives (for PK-4 major only)
List of Courses
F indicates that course includes a field component
|EDU 121||Child Development||3|
|EDU 150/150F||Schools in Society-Fr Seminar (GEP First Year Seminar)||3|
|EDU 151/151F||Develop, Cognition, & Learning (GEP)||3|
|EDU 155/155F||Foundations of Early Childhood||3|
|EDU 231||Assessment and Evaluation||3|
|EDU 232/232F||Reading Literature I||3|
|EDU 240/240F||Reading Literature II||3|
|EDU 242/242F||Tech Enhncd Curr & Instrs PK-8||3|
|EDU 246/246F||Literacy, Language and Culture||3|
|EDU 362/362F||Social Studies Thru Arts PK-4||3|
|EDU 363/363F||Science Methods PK-4||3|
|EDU 365/365F||Math & Technology (PreK-4)||3|
|SPE 160/160F||Intro to Special Education (Also GEP ILC)||3|
|SPE 200/200F||Teaching in Inclusive Environ||3|
|SPE 379||Fam School & Comm:Diverse Soc||3|
|EDU 495||Student Teaching ECE||12|