In the Education program at Saint Francis University you will have
plenty of opportunities in the classroom and beyond. Below are just a
few of the opportunities waiting for you as a future education student.
As an Education major you could participate in Best Buddies, a national
charitable organization dedicated to enhancing communities through
one-to-one friendships between our students and individuals with
intellectual disabilities. The Best Buddies program is grounded in the
belief that friendship is important to the process of individual
development and thus uses friendship as a medium to aid individuals with
intellectual disabilities in becoming a part of their communities. By
having a student friend, Buddies are able to explore their world with a
peer who brings empathy, laughter and support. Students communicate
with their buddy weekly, and meet with them several times each semester.
The Education Club is open to any student interested in pursuing
teaching as a career, or in promoting the advancement of teaching.This
club meets periodically and sponsors a variety of events such as guest
speakers, service activities, and the American Education Week
Field experiences are off-campus activities that provide opportunities
to apply theories and concepts studied in the classroom. These
experiences are directed by University faculty, facilitated by teacher
mentors, and are an integral part of all education courses leading up to
student teaching. Activities include, but are not limited to,
observing, tutoring, mini-teaching, lesson planning, and developing
instructional materials. Field experiences may take place in public or
non-public schools, or in community agencies approved by University
Delta Pi (KDP), International Honor Society in Education, was founded
in 1911 to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among
those dedicated to teaching. For over a century, the Society has
consistently grown, starting with a local chapter to become the
interational organization it is today, with an initiated membership that
exceeds 1.2 million!
Using a variety of programs, services, and products, KDP supports and
advances educators throughout the phases and levels of their teaching
Kappa Delta Pi strives to sustain an honored community of diverse
educators by promoting excellence and advancing scholarship, leadership,
Kappa Delta Pi desires to help committed educators be leaders in improving education for global citizenship.
Learn more about KDP at kdp.org.
St. Francis CARES is a community outreach program offering social skills
instruction to children on the Autism Spectrum living in the
communities surrounding the university. Students in the Education
Program, under the direct supervision of an Education Department faculty
member, have the opportunity to teach individualized lessons to
elementary or high school students, on the campus of the university.
The student teaching semester is a significant period in the teacher
preparation program. It represents both an end -- to undergraduate
professional education -- and a beginning -- to the wonderful and
challenging career of teaching. It is both a requirement -- for
certification -- and an opportunity to prove that the beginning
professional deserves to belong to the learning community which the
field of education should signify, perhaps more than any other.
Our students have served as part of the Education Team on the HUGS United mission trip as well as taken part in other study abroad and service-related opportunities.
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