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:

  1. Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
  2. Ethics Intensive, and
  3. 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

See this page about Overlays.

Diversity Intensive
EDU 150Schools in Society-Fr Seminar3
EDU 246Literacy, Language and Culture3
Writing Intensive
EDU 151Develop, Cognition, & Learning3
Ethics Intensive
SPE 160Intro to Special Education3

General Education Integrative Learning Component

See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses

HIS 201American History to 18773
or HIS 202 American Hist. 1865 to Present
MAT 111The Mathematics of Patterns3
or MAT 118 Introduction to Statistics
SPE 160Intro to Special Education3

GEP Electives (for PK-4 major only)

Six courses

Major Concentration

List of Courses

F indicates that course includes a field component

EDU 121Child Development3
EDU 150/150FSchools in Society-Fr Seminar (GEP First Year Seminar)3
EDU 151/151FDevelop, Cognition, & Learning (GEP)3
EDU 155/155FFoundations of Early Childhood3
EDU 231Assessment and Evaluation3
EDU 232/232FReading Literature I3
EDU 240/240FReading Literature II3
EDU 242/242FTech Enhncd Curr & Instrs PK-83
EDU 246/246FLiteracy, Language and Culture3
EDU 362/362FSocial Studies Thru Arts PK-43
EDU 363/363FScience Methods PK-43
EDU 365/365FMath & Technology (PreK-4)3
SPE 160/160FIntro to Special Education (Also GEP ILC)3
SPE 200/200FTeaching in Inclusive Environ3
SPE 379Fam School & Comm:Diverse Soc3
EDU 495Student Teaching ECE12