Becoming a Teacher
What does it mean to become a teacher? How does a student prepare to be an effective teacher? Students at the Saint Vincent Education Department learn and are engaged in the following:
This major is perfect for those looking to teach young children, preparing them for a childhood of learning and play. Graduates with an Early Childhood Pre K-4 degree are ideally prepared to make a positive difference in the lives of young children and their families.
Middle school is a crucial time for children as they transition from their early childhood to their teenage years. Teachers with a Middle Grades degree familiarize their students more advanced subjects, while also helping them navigate the trials of discovering and building their identities and “growing up.”
Students who are passionate about teaching art, business computer and information technology, Chinese, French or Spanish to students ranging from kindergarten to high school, will find this certification is perfect for them.
Graduates with a secondary education certification will go on to become teachers in junior and senior high schools, teaching science, English, history or mathematics. Their task is to build on knowledge that these students acquired in middle school, arming them with the education necessary to succeed in college, trade school or professionally.
The minor in disability studies: special education is ideal for students looking to broaden their skill set and to develop an ability to work with and help children with disabilities. Early childhood education and middle level education majors will find this minor especially helpful, as teachers with a dual certification that includes special education will be desirable to school districts looking to offer inclusive education without the need to have both a regular education teacher and a special educator in the classroom.
But students in other majors, including psychology, criminology, theology, occupational therapy, physical therapy and sociology, can also benefit from the minor. The gained knowledge of the world of disabilities greatly increases their flexibility as they look to begin careers in social service agencies and rehabilitation agencies.
The minor in disability studies: special education can be an ideal supplement for graduates in psychology, criminology, theology, occupational therapy, physical therapy or sociology looking to work in non-school settings with individuals who have disabilities, or to investigate issues concerning disabilities.
The world of special education includes people with emotional disabilities, autism, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, speech disorders, vision and hearing disabilities and learning disabilities. Having an understanding of the various disabilities and how best to serve individuals with disabilities will prove beneficial to graduates in disciplines other than education.
Non-education majors will not earn a certificate to teach special education. They will have the minor listed on their transcripts.