Elementary Education (Pre K-4) Major

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.                        

Throughout the education program, students integrate theory with practice through coursework and field experiences. Most education courses provide students with this opportunity to integrate theory and practice through field experiences in local schools. 

Learning Goals and Objectives (INTASC)

Standard #1: Learner Development. The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.

Standard #2: Learning Differences. The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.

Standard #3: Learning Environments. The teacher works with others to create environments that support
individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in
learning, and self motivation.

Standard #4: Content Knowledge. The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and
structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make the discipline
accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.

Standard #5: Application of Content. The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing
perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to
authentic local and global issues.

Standard #6: Assessment. The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.

Standard #7: Planning for Instruction. The teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.

Standard #8: Instructional Strategies. The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.

Standard #9: Professional Learning and Ethical Practice. The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.

Standard #10: Leadership and Collaboration. The teacher seeks appropriate leadership roles and
opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues,
other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

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.

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 w/ Field3
EDU 246Language and Culture w/ Field3
Writing Intensive
EDU 151Cognition & Learning w/ Field3
Ethics Intensive
SPE 160Intro to Special Education3

General Education Integrative Learning Component

See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses:

HIS 201History of the United States3
or HIS 202 History of the United States
MAT 111The Mathematics of Patterns3
or MAT 118 Introduction to Statistics
SPE 160Intro to Special Education3

Electives (for PK-4 major only)

Six courses

Major Requirements

List of Courses

w/Field indicates that course includes a field component

EDU 121Child Development3
EDU 150Schools in Society w/ Field3
EDU 151Cognition & Learning w/ Field3
EDU 155Found of Early Child w/ Field3
EDU 231Assessment and Evaluation3
EDU 232Literacy/Literature I w/ Field3
EDU 240Literacy/Literature II w/Field3
EDU 242Tech Enhan Curr & Inst w/Field3
EDU 246Language and Culture w/ Field3
EDU 362Soc Stud Thru Arts PK4 w/Field3
EDU 363Science Methods PK-4 w/ Field3
EDU 365Math & Technology PK4 w/Field3
SPE 160Intro to Special Education3
SPE 205Inclusive Classrooms w/ Field3
SPE 379Fam School & Comm:Diverse Soc3
EDU 495ECE Student Teaching12