A minor in Secondary Education is available and requires students to take 22 credit hours.
The approved program leading to certification in Secondary Education consists of a liberal arts major (English, physical sciences, history, mathematics, biology,); completion of required education courses; and a semester of student teaching. Students need to plan their schedules carefully each year to meet the requirements for the program. Field experiences are required as part of the minor.
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 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.