College of St. Joseph established Guided Pathways for each undergraduate major in 2016. The Guided Pathways were developed through the CSJ Learning Collaborative and provide a visual road map showing students what courses they should take and when to achieve four-year graduation success. View the Educational Studies – Elementary Education Guided Pathway here. View the 3-Year Guided Pathway here.


Elementary Education Major Requirements

EDU101 Intro to Education3This course will address issues related to the everyday processes of teaching. Topics include curriculum and lesson planning, classroom organization and behavior management, instructional strategies, current trends, the law and education, Vermont’s Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities, the Common Core State Standards, the special education process, and a look at the historical foundations of education.
EDU305 Children's Literature3This course presents a survey of children’s literature, including but not limited to poetry, picture books, traditional tales, fantasy, fiction, biography and informational text. Language arts areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing are integrated with the literature. Emphasis will be placed on the role of literature in robust reading instruction, content area integration, reader-response theory, and how technology and 21st century skills support and encourage student’s access to literature experiences.
EDU318 Curriculum and Instruction3The course will explore the foundations of curriculum development, curriculum procedures and effective instructional practices. The role of philosophy in curriculum planning as well as the impact of current trends in educational reform will direct class activities. Work on curriculum projects will center around the Vermont’s Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities and the Common Core State Standards.
EDU327 Contemporary Issues in Education3This course will focus on the identification, definition, and analysis of some of the most important problems facing the contemporary, public elementary and secondary schools. Students engage in problem solving strategies which address the routine of daily school operations. Many topics and discussions are designed to bring forth an exposure to local and national issues which impact the school community.
EDU333 Developmental Reading3This course provides the student with an in-depth review of the reading process. Students will investigate a variety of approaches to the teaching of reading, classroom management, and student evaluation.
EDU334 Science Concepts and Methods3Students will explore curriculum and materials in elementary science and become familiar with national and state standards for K-8 student performance in science. Students will develop and demonstrate lessons in science, research and review literature for use in science integration and survey technology with web based explorations.
EDU335 Math Concepts and Methods3This course requires the student to develop, teach, evaluate lessons and activities for developing mathematical reasoning, problem solving, and for teaching the major strands in math curricula. Students will investigate thematic units that combine math with the disciplines of science and technology, developing goals and objectives that correspond to national and state standards in mathematics, including Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards.
EDU337 Reading Assessment, Analysis and Intervention3This course will introduce students to a variety of formal and informal reading assessments for use in the elementary and secondary schools to identify the strengths and needs of students in the area of reading. Students will be trained in administering, interpreting and analyzing data of a qualitative assessment so that they can design
effective teaching programs to meet the needs of all students.
EDU421 Practicum in Elementary Education3The purpose of the practicum is to provide the student with additional field experience to develop the competencies related to the effective instruction of young learners. Students are required to spend 40 hours in an inclusive setting and will include classroom observations, small group work, and whole group instruction in a developmentally appropriate sequence.
SEE310 Teaching for Effective Classroom Management3This course will examine classroom management techniques appropriate to a secondary classroom with a focus upon quality teaching as the most effective classroom management tool. Students will explore and design classroom management plans, activities and lessons which promote positive classroom behavior. A minimum of 15 hours of supervised field experience in a middle and/or high school setting, including some individual or small group work, is a requirement of this course. Junior standing.

Additional Program Requirements

COM101 Speech Communications3Study and practice of communication styles such as small group discussions, impromptu, informative, demonstration, and persuasive speeches are emphasized. Students are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills by constructive criticism of student presentations as well as constructing their own speeches.
ECO101 Introduction to Economics3Provides an introduction to economic analysis. Topics will include classical economics (free market system), socialism, communism, and global trade and finance. Special emphasis on understanding the United States economy. Major economic thinkers including Adam Smith, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, and John Kenneth Galbraith will be considered. Satisfies a Social Science Requirement.
GEO101 Intro to Geography3A survey of the earth's environment, how it varies spatially and how the human population interacts with it. Contemporary and historical examples are used to show the role of the human-physical environmental relationships in our economic, political and social life today. Several major contemporary world problems: e.g. the food supply, the fuel crisis, the population explosion and environmental deterioration are introduced.
HIS102 World Civilization II3This course examines varied aspects of world history from approximately 1500 to the present.
HIS103 US History I3This course presents a survey of the history of the United States from the Colonial period through the Civil War. Students will be introduced to the major social, political, cultural and economic developments that occurred within the U.S. during this period.
HIS104 US History II3This course continues the study of United States history from the Post-Civil War Reconstruction to the present.
MAT104 College Algebra3A traditional college algebra course. Topics covered include the number system, rational exponents, polynomials, equations and inequalities, graphs, systems of equations, and exponential and logarithmic functions.
POS102 American Government3This course surveys the structure and functions of the U.S. political system, the historical context of that system, and the major issues and problems confronting that system in the current century.
PSY104 Human Growth and Development3This course will provide students a systematic examination of the processes of human psychological growth from conception throughout infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and into old age. Socio-emotional, intellectual and biological domains of development will be considered from perspectives of psychodynamic and psychosocial theory, as well as more contemporary socio-cultural, cognitive, neuroscientific and ecological approaches.
PSY201 Principles of Learning3An investigation is conducted with respect to learning principles derived from classical and operant conditioning. The student is led through a step-by-step examination of processes such as response acquisition, extension, relearning higher order conditioning, generalization, and discrimination, principles and schedules of reinforcement, punishment, and other related processes. Emphasis is placed on developing a solid understanding of basic scientific principles and an opportunity for utilizing data collection and experimental design procedures is part of a field experience.
PSY334 Adult Development and Aging3Students will review and critically discuss traditional and contemporary perspectives documenting normative and non-normative life events that characterize growth and change from young adulthood through the senior years. Topics will include career choice and development, partner selection and marriage, conventional and nonconventional families, theories of adult personality development, mid- and late-life transitions, aging and dying and death and bereavement.
SCI107 Integrated Science I3This is one of two liberal arts courses that introduces students to the natural sciences, emphasizing central ideas and unifying concepts. In this particular course, the principles of physics and chemistry are presented in a manner that relates them to everyday life. Specifically, the basics of motion, Newton's Laws, energy and momentum, gravity, heat, electricity and magnetism, waves (sound and light), the atom, nuclear physics, matter, chemical bonds and reactions and organic chemistry are discussed. Also, science as a way of knowing is a focus of this course.
Science Elective 3The Educational Studies major requires students to take three science credits.
Fine Arts Elective3The Educational Studies major requires students to take three fine arts credits.
History Elective3The Educational Studies major requires students to take three credits of History.
English Elective3The Educational Studies major requires students to take three English credits at the 300/400 level.

General Education Core

General Education Core40Educational Studies majors are required to complete the general education core.

General Electives

General Electives2Educational Studies majors are required to complete two credits of general electives.