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.
Learn more about Best Buddies
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, 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
international 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.
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.
The student teaching semester is an extremely significant period in the teacher preparation program. It represents both an end to undergraduate 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 teacher candidate deserves to belong to the learning community of the teaching profession. This important semester over 15 weeks, then requires the total commitment of student teachers. It is the responsibility and mission of the Saint Francis University Education Department to ensure that all teacher candidates have the opportunity to gain experiences that allow them to practice, develop and demonstrate competencies in their certification area. Program candidates should be provided with a broad set of meaningful interactions with Pre-K-12 students and professional staff, as well as willing and qualified site mentors. Student teachers cannot achieve their goals alone. The experience requires several other professionals: cooperating teachers, university supervisors, and building principals, as well as university and district administrators. Student Teaching GoalsThe following goals provide a foundation for the Education Department’s professional program: To prepare teachers who are committed to students and their learning. To prepare teachers who are responsible for facilitating, managing, monitoring student learning. To prepare teachers who know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to diverse learners. To prepare teachers who are reflective decision-makers; who understand theory, think systematically about their practice, and who learn from experience. To prepare teachers to assume a variety of professional roles. To prepare teachers who are members of learning communities. For more information or questions regarding PDE certification, contact Melissa Peppetti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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The Reading Horizons Online Reading Workshop simplifies the challenge of teaching reading into simple and powerful skills that clarify how to read, including: the Five Phonetic Skills, Two Decoding Skills, and the 42 Sounds of the Alphabet. With the right tools and strategies, you can make learning to read a simple, enjoyable experience for your students.
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