University of Holy Cross

Elementary Education

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UHC Curriculum Guide for Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education: Grades 1 - 5 (2018 - 2019)


The Teacher-Education Program at the University of Holy Cross seeks to foster stewardship by enabling candidates to become familiar with and to develop a strong commitment to Gospel principles such as serving others in a spirit of compassion, justice, and selflessness. Stewards serve others by giving of themselves with their time, treasures, and talents.

The use of reflection is a means of aiding candidates in articulating their thoughts regarding the attitudes, knowledge, and skills they have acquired in the Teacher-Preparation Program. The development of reflective stewards in the Teacher-Education Program consists of three components: stewards of the heart, stewards of the mind, and stewards of experiential service.

The program content includes educational foundations and instructional design in conjunction with practical and clinical experiences, seminars, internships, and role modeling. Since the program focuses on specific competencies to be mastered, students are evaluated in reference to the predetermined performance standards.

The Teacher-Education Program undergoes continual revision as data are acquired in the field of educational research. On-going evaluations by faculty, students, graduates, and outside agencies are an integral part of the design of the program and are used to improve program efficiency and effectiveness.

The University reserves the right to change any provision, offering, or requirement at any time within the student's period of study.

Student Outcomes of the Teacher-Education Program

Upon successful completion of the Teacher-Education Program, Education majors should be able toEducate the Heart by their ability to

Embrace and display the gospel principles of compassion and justice by recognizing, planning, and implementing

  • Strategies to accommodate learning styles and special needs;
  • Strategies designed to accommodate behavioral differences; and
  • Strategies to create and maintain an environment in which all are treated in a fair and respectful manner.

Exhibit an attitude of selflessness through various acts of professionalism, such as

  • Appropriate attire;
  • Exemplary attendance;
  • Punctuality;
  • Positive interpersonal relationships; and
  • Proper speech.

Educate the Mind by their ability to

  • Exhibit mastery of content in non-professional education courses;
  • Demonstrate mastery of pedagogical knowledge;
  • Show evidence of mastery of professional knowledge in education courses; and
  • Display mastery in the use of technological knowledge to help all students achieve.

Provide Experiential Service by their ability to

  • Develop strategies for effective planning to promote student learning;
  • Implement "best practices" which are research based and proven effective;
  • Reflect on and assess their own performance; and
  • Review and assess the performance of their students.


Click the links below to examine the passage rates on Praxis examinations for the traditional and alternative teacher preparation programs.

Traditional Teacher Preparation Program Within IHE

Alternative Teacher Preparation Program Within IHE

Candidates in Education have demonstrated high levels of content knowledge by earning grade point averages above the 2.7 GPA admissions requirements. The median GPA for 2015-2016 Traditional Completers was 3.29. The median undergraduate GPA for 2015-2016 Alternative Certification Completers before entering the Teacher Preparation Program was a 3.03.

Data regarding completer and employer satisfaction with UHC Education programs can be found in the links below. These documents also include data about program completers securing jobs for which they were prepared.

Annual Reporting Measures for Initial-Licensure Programs

Annual Reporting Measures for Advanced Programs 


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