Elementary Education Program


Calumet College of St. Joseph is not currently accepting students in our two initial licensure programs, the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Transition to Teaching, while we complete an intensive review of our programs. We are continuing to support all our current students during this review process, and we look forward to accepting new students again in spring 2022, continuing our long tradition as the “teacher of teachers” in the Calumet Region of Northwest Indiana that we serve.

Calumet College of St. Joseph’s Elementary Education program supports the mission of the College to prepare a diverse population for professional careers and graduate education. Guided by a Catholic vision of social justice, the education program empowers teacher candidates to improve their personal lives and to create a more equitable society through education.

In the Elementary Education program, teacher candidates will receive justice-oriented educational experiences that reflect current theory and best practice in the profession, and are empowered to become effective P-12 educators through the processes of preparation, reflection and transformation.

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Career Options with this major include, but are not limited to work as:

  • K-12
  • Day care centers and nursery schools
  • Boards of education
  • Teaching
  • Pre-school
  • Elementary
  • Middle
  • Secondary
  • Administration
  • Principalship
  • Superintendency


Alyssa Rodriguez, M.S.

Instructor, Education

Bruce Wisowaty, M.A.

Instructor, Education

John Shields, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Matthew Benus, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor; Program Director, Education

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Objectives and requirements

124 credit hours

Five major objectives have been defined under the three pillars: Preparation, Reflection and Transformation. Program graduates are required to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of how students learn and how they differ
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of what to teach
  3. Demonstrate how to teach effectively
  4. Demonstrate effective implementation of technology
  5. Demonstrate continuous personal and professional growth

General Education Requirements
Students in the Education Program must choose from the following General Education options:
ARTS 170 Introduction to Visual Arts (Humanities General Education)
PHIL 200 Great Philosophical Ideas (Humanities General Education
MATH 103 Intermediate Algebra OR MATH 104 Algebra & Trigonometry
MATH 171 Principles of Statistics (Mathematics General Education)
PLSC 220 American Political System I (Social Science General Education)

All students identified as pursuing a B.S. Degree in Education every fall and spring semester must be in enrolled in EDUC 299 Teacher Education Seminar. Additionally, prior to acceptance to the Teacher Education Program candidates must complete EDUC 200 Intro to the Teaching Profession and EDUC 405 Children’s Literature.

12 credit hours of coursework that constitutes an academic focus area (Elementary Minor Area).
These courses cannot also be used for general education requirements. Area can include Mathematics, English, Science, History, or Psychology. Other areas can be used for Minor area if approved in writing by the Education Department.

After applying for and being formally accepted in writing by the Education Department to the Teacher Education Program (Phase II) candidates must take the following required courses and meet all requirements for Continuation in the Cohort:
EDUC 299 Teacher Education Seminar (0 credits)
EDUC 300 Educational Psychology (3 credits)
EDUC 311 Foundation of Education (3 credits)
EDUC 313 Child Development (3 credits)
EDUC 315 The Effective Educator (3 credits)
EDUC 342 Curriculum and Instruction (3 credits)
EDUC 370 Measurement and Assessment (3 credits)
EDUC 391 Human Diversity (3 credits)
EDUC 430 Educating Exceptional Students (3 credits)
EDUC 436 Management Strategies for the Classroom (3 credits)
EDUC 481 Developmental Reading/Instruction (3 credits)
EDUC 485 Mathematics and Science Methods (3 credits)
EDUC 483 Language Arts and Social Studies Methods (3 credits)
EDUC 484 Corrective Reading (3 credits)
EDUC 488 Integrated Arts, Music & Physical Education/Health (4 credits)
EDUC 392 English Language Learners (3 credits)

After finishing all courses in (Phase II) candidates must apply for and be formally accepted in writing by the Education Department to the Student Teaching Cohort (Phase III) and meet all requirements for Continuation in the Cohort:
EDUC 299 Teacher Education Seminar (0 credits)
EDUC 494 Student Teaching: Elementary (12 credits)

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