Elementary Education (4-8) M.S.

The Master of Science program in Elementary and Middle Grades Education 4-8 at Saint Joseph’s University is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and aligned with PDE course requirements for initial certification to teach middle grades in specific content areas. Students will graduate with the skills and experience to educate adolescents in grades 4-8. The 33-credit master’s program includes traditional course instruction in addition to student teaching experiences where you can put theory into practice. 

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

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

Outcome 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 use the central concepts, standards, research, and structures of content to plan and implement curriculum that develops all young adolescents’ competence in subject matter.

Outcome 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.

Outcome 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.

Outcome 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.

Outcome 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.

Outcome 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.

Outcome 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.

Outcome 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.

EDU 550His & Contemp Persp Ed w/Field3
EDU 557Adolescent Psychology w/ Field3
EDU 610Instr Techniq English w/Field Students Select three instructional techniques based on their concentration.3
EDU 612Instr Techniq Soc St w/Field Students Select three instructional techniques based on their concentration.3
EDU 616Instr Techniq Math w/Field Students Select three instructional techniques based on their concentration.3
EDU 618Instr Techniq Science w/Field Students Select three instructional techniques based on their concentration.3
EDU 646Language and Culture w/ Field3
EDU 647Literacy & Lrn Acr Cur w/Field3
SPE 600Found & Current Issues: Sp Edu3
SPE 613Incl. Class Practices w/Field3
EDU 696Student Teaching 4-86
Select Major Content OptionVaries
Total Hours36

4-8 Major Content Requirements

Students must choose one or two disciplines and take additional introductory and advanced courses in order to be certified to teach the selected subject(s). 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 three remaining content areas.

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.

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
Option 2E: Social Studies and Science