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:
- 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|
List of Courses
F indicates that course includes a field component
|EDU 150/150F||Schools in Society-Fr Seminar (GEP First Year Seminar)||3|
|EDU 151/151F||Develop, Cognition, & Learning (GEP)||3|
|EDU 157/157F||Adolescent Development||3|
|EDU 231/231F||Assessment and Evaluation||3|
|EDU 242/242F||Tech Enhncd Curr & Instrs PK-8||3|
|EDU 246/246F||Literacy, Language and Culture||3|
|EDU 247/247F||Literacy in the Content Areas||3|
|EDU 412/412F||Instruct Techniques -Soc Stud||3|
|EDU 416/416F||Instructional Techniques -Math||3|
|EDU 418/418F||Instructional Tech -Science||3|
|SPE 160/160F||Intro to Special Education||3|
|SPE 203/203F||Tchng Adolescents Inclus Envir||3|
|SPE 379||Fam School & Comm:Diverse Soc||3|
|EDU 496||Student Teaching 4-8||12|
|EDU 471||Writing in the Classroom||3|
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:
- 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.
Course List Code Title Hours Option 1A: English/Language Arts/Reading Option 1B: Mathematics Option 1C: Science Option 1D: Social Studies
- 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.
Course List Code Title Hours 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