Middle Years Education: 4-8

Learning Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: The student will demonstrate an understanding of young adolescent learner development.

Objective 1.1: The student will understand and accurately interpret key concepts, principles, theories, and research about young adolescent development in social context.

Objective 1.2: The student will identify the diverse developmental needs and abilities of 4-8 learners and use this information effectively when selecting instructional strategies and making curricular decisions.

Goal 2: The student will understand and apply central concepts, standards, research, and structures of content to plan and implement curriculum that develops all young adolescents’ competence in subject matter.

Objective 2.1: The student will describe and explain the philosophical foundations of middle level education and apply this knowledge in analyzing classroom management and instructional design.

Goal 3: The student will understand and use developmentally appropriate instructional strategies.

Objective 3.1: The student will describe and analyze a range of specific teaching strategies and apply them appropriately in instructional planning, modifying their use based on the unique learning needs of middle school students.

Objective 3.2: The student will demonstrate a practiced habit of self-analysis and collaboration with students and colleagues to assess the impact of instruction on student motivation and learning and will adjust teaching accordingly.

Goal 4: The student will demonstrate understanding and effective use of multiple methods of assessment.

Objective 4.1: The student will define and describe types of valid and reliable educational assessments (including screening, diagnostic, formative, summative, and authentic) and identify strengths, weaknesses, and appropriate uses associated with each.

Objective 4.2: The student will analyze and interpret assessment data to understand patterns and gaps in learning, to guide planning and instruction, and to provide meaningful feedback to learners and their guardians.

Goal 5: The student will demonstrate an understanding of educating for social justice.

Objective 5.1: 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 5.2: The student will identify and describe practices and policies that reinforce inequalities and undermine 4-8 student learning, as well as steps that can be taken 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

Major Concentration

List of Courses

F indicates that course includes a field component

EDU 150/150FSchools in Society-Fr Seminar (GEP First Year Seminar)3
EDU 151/151FDevelop, Cognition, & Learning (GEP)3
EDU 157/157FAdolescent Development3
EDU 231/231FAssessment and Evaluation3
EDU 242/242FTech Enhncd Curr & Instrs PK-83
EDU 246/246FLiteracy, Language and Culture3
EDU 247/247FLiteracy in the Content Areas3
EDU 412/412FInstruct Techniques -Soc Stud3
EDU 416/416FInstructional Techniques -Math3
EDU 418/418FInstructional Tech -Science3
SPE 160/160FIntro to Special Education3
SPE 203/203FTchng Adolescents Inclus Envir3
SPE 379Fam School & Comm:Diverse Soc3
EDU 496Student Teaching 4-812
EDU 471Writing in the Classroom3

4-8 Major Additional Content Requirements

Students who complete the 4-8 program can be certified to teach all subjects in grades 5-6. They must choose one or two disciplines and take additional introductory and advanced courses in order to be certified to teach the selected subject(s) in grades 7-8. The following options are available:

  1. Option 1: One concentration and three generalist academic content areas
    This option for teacher candidates is to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours in one of the four content areas of mathematics, science, English/language arts and reading or social studies as well as 12 credits in each of the two remaining content areas.
    Option 1A: English/Language Arts/Reading
    Option 1B: Mathematics
    Option 1C: Science
    Option 1D: Social Studies
  2. Option 2: Concentration in two content areas
    The second option permitted under the Elementary/Middle Level program design requires a concentration in two content areas. Teacher candidates are to complete a minimum of 21 credits in each content area concentration, as well as 12 credits in each of the two remaining content areas.
    Option 2A: English/Language Arts/Reading and Science
    Option 2B: English/Language Arts/Reading and Mathematics
    Option 2C: Science and Mathematics
    Option 2D: Social Studies and Mathematics
    2E: Social Studies and Science
    The specific number of content courses will vary among the disciplines depending on which option the student chooses. Students may select from a wide variety of offerings in each discipline. All GEP content courses and Education literacy courses are applied to the content course requirements.