The Bachelor of Arts major in English combined with a minor in Secondary Education is the basis for a career as a middle school or high school English teacher. This course of study has been approved by the State of Maine Department of Education and allows students to apply for certification as middle school or high school teachers. Students from other states should work with their secondary education advisor to secure current certification requirements for those states.
Students need to pass the Praxis series (I and II), which is required for state certification in elementary and secondary education. All students in education programs must pass Praxis I prior to senior student teaching.
A grade of “C” or above is required for all education courses. A student receiving a grade below “C” will be required to retake the course.
The Bachelor of Arts major in English combined with a minor in Secondary Education requires two semesters of the same foreign language.
Upon satisfactory completion of this English major leading to graduation, the student will:
- have developed good communication skills, revealed in both writing and speaking;
- have learned to appreciate, analyze, and interpret literature, including its purpose, method, and ethic/moral dimensions
- possess knowledge of canonical and non-canonical world literature
- be able to conduct literary research using a variety of critical perspectives
- have developed the creative imagination
- have deepened intellectual, spiritual, and aesthetic life through creative interaction with both classical and contemporary literature
The purpose of the Education Program at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine is to provide quality teacher preparation programs to qualified students while upholding the mission set forth by the college. Graduates of the Saint Joseph’s College Teacher Education Programs will be able to demonstrate their abilities in three areas:
Content Literacy related to appropriate general and professional knowledge specific to individual disciplines.
Technological Literacy related to state-of-the-art technologies employed to strengthen performance in all personal and professional areas.
Cultural Literacy related to today’s diverse learners. This encompasses the behavioral knowledge, skills and abilities needed to effectively enable all learners to achieve.
Instructional Strategies related to teaching effectiveness, learning outcomes and assessments. This includes skillful and varied methodology with diverse learners incorporating problem solving, critical thinking, and reflection.
Management Strategies related to the curriculum and the orchestration of the learning environment. This includes facilitating classroom dynamics that model fairness and respect.
Leadership Strategies related to personal and professional conduct. This includes professional development and a demonstrated commitment to continuous personal advancement.
Effective Strategies related to modeling acceptance and collaboration. This includes recognition of self and student worth, and the importance of fostering social, emotional, moral, and spiritual growth.
The outcomes adhere to the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards.
In addition to courses required for the major, all English majors must select a literature or writing focus.