Elementary Education (Pre K-4) BLS

Frank M. Bernt, PhD., Professor and Chair
Teacher Education Department

 

The undergraduate Teacher Education programs are built upon a strong liberal arts curriculum provided through the General Education Program (GEP) at Saint Joseph’s University. This enables students to integrate their understanding of interdisciplinary content with an understanding of child and adolescent learning.

Students balance theory and practice in teaching related courses. Most education courses provide students with the opportunity to investigate theory and research while participating in field experiences in local schools.

Learning Goals and Outcomes

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.

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 guardians.

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.

General Education Program Courses

The General Education Program (GEP) at Saint Joseph’s University involves a distinctive liberal arts education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.  General education is essential to the University’s mission, providing all students with the broad knowledge, essential skills, appreciation of diversity, and ethically informed perspective needed by those who would aspire to be “men and women for others.” The GEP ensures mastery of skills required for further study, exposes students to the principal achievements and problems of the major fields of human learning, and introduces them to new disciplines that they may or may not wish to pursue. The Major Concentration component gives depth in a particular field and is thus a preparation for an effective career or for graduate study in that field.

Free or general electives allow students to pursue interests, explore new fields, or to continue concentration in their major.

The Adult Learner General Education Program (GEP) applies to students who are completing a bachelor's degree through Professional and Liberal Studies Program (PLS) or through the Haub Degree Completion Program (HDC)

The Adult Learner GEP is comprised of Signature Core, Variable Core,  Integrative Learning courses and Overlays.

Signature Core

PHL 154Moral Foundations3
THE 154Faith, Justice & the Cath Trad3
or THE 221 Intro to the New Testament
ENG 102Texts & Contexts3
HIS 154Forging the Modern World3
Any course certified as Faith & Reason3
Adult Learning Seminar (any course numbered 140)3

Variable Core

  • One approved course in Art, Literature, or Music, Theater, Film.

  • One course in the Natural Sciences (lab-based or lecture based) in biology, chemistry, environmental science, or physics.

  • Two courses in Mathematics (PLS majors require MAT 101 or higher; HDC programs require MAT 103 and MAT 123 or an alternate calculus course).

  • Two courses in a Non-Native Language (e.g., SPA 111-SPA 112) or two approved alternative courses in Literature in Translation, Linguistics, or Classics. With permission, international students or students whose native language is not English may take ESL 201 and ESL 202, Composition and Critical Thinking for Non-Native Speakers of English, in their first two semesters to fulfill their language requirement. Bilingual students may also be considered for a language exemption by the Department of Modern & Classical Languages.

  • One course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences including Political Science, Economics, Sociology, and Psychology.  Please note that some majors require a specific course.

  • One course that is certified as a Philosophical Anthropology course.

  • One course from Religious Studies or Theology that is certified as a Religious Difference course.

  • ENG 101 Craft of Language.

Integrative Learning Course

(2 courses required)

  • Courses approved for ILC requirements will vary by major. Some majors have specific courses that must be taken.

Overlays

Students admitted Summer 2016 through Spring 2019 to an Adult Learner Program in PLS or HDC are required to complete at least one of the three GEP overlays.  Students admitted Summer 2019 and later are required to complete two of the three GEP overlays:

  1. Ethics Intensive
  2. Writing Intensive, or
  3. Diversity, Globalization, Non-Western Area Studies.

Please note that PLS and HDC students admitted prior to the Fall 2014 semester may have slightly different GEP curriculum requirements as communicated by the PLS and HDC Advising Offices at the time of admission. Students are encouraged to contact their Advising Office with any curriculum questions.  PLS students who are completing degree requirements for a major offered through the Day School are required to complete the GEP for Day Students. 

Social Science
EDU 151Develop, Cognition, & Learning3

 GEP Integrative Learning Component

Two courses

SPE 160Intro to Special Education3
HIS 201History of the United States3
or HIS 202 History of the United States

Major Requirements

List of Courses: "F" courses are those that have a field assignment

EDU 121Child Development3
EDU 151/151FDevelop, Cognition, & Learning 13
EDU 155/155FFoundations of Early Childhood3
EDU 160
160F
Schools in Society
and FE Schools in Soc(preK-4/4-8) 2
3
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 160Intro to Special Education 33
SPE 200Teaching in Inclusive Environ3
EDU 495ECE Student Teaching12