Saint Joseph's University

SPE 739 Student Teaching and Professional Seminar

Build your teaching confidence as you apply what you have learned.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change without notice as course and student needs change over time. For current course descriptions, please see the Online Academic Catalog.

Format: Online

Duration: 16 weeks

Credits: 6 credits

In this capstone course, you participate in student teaching that approximates a full-time working/teaching experience for one semester. From observing how a classroom works, to identifying the students within it, to interacting with parents and families, you use the skills you’ve developed throughout your studies to create educational plans, incorporate technology, monitor progress, and share your thoughts with teachers and fellow students. Weekly virtual seminars give you valuable insights as you get you closer to your goal of a Hearing Impaired (PK-12) certification.

This is an individually designed student teaching experience under approved supervision (including seminar meetings). This experience is designed as the capstone professional course for students seeking the Hearing Impaired (PK-12) certification (PA). It approximates a full-time working/teaching experience for one full semester. 

At the conclusion of this experience, you must demonstrate proficiencies in instructional management and specially designed instruction, student engagement and motivation, and curriculum planning. Your understanding of learning theory, problem solving in an educational setting and the use of computers and audiovisual materials in the classroom will also be demonstrated. You will show your skill in integrating reading, language and literacy skills in all classrooms as well as demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively with students and staff members who are deaf or hard of hearing in their preferred languages and modes of communication.

Through your e-Portfolio, your skill in identification of instructional resources, assessment of student achievement, the development of IEP goals and objectives, management of amplification systems, assessment and development of listening and spoken language skills will be demonstrated. Your proficiency in consultation with regular classroom teachers, modification of the classroom acoustic environment and development of student compensatory strategies will also be shown.

Sample Course Topics  

Throughout your capstone course, weekly topics may include:

  • Observation of a Classroom
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Use of Technology
  • Creation of a Progress Monitoring Device
  • Creation of Anonymous Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
  • Creation of an e-Portfolio

Examples of What You’ll Learn

When you complete SPE 739, you can:

  • Conduct an observation of your assigned classroom.
  • Describe the challenges that the families of students seem to be encountering, both in and out of the educational setting, and how a partnership with the school would benefit each of these families.
  • Use the Internet to research and collect resources for your lessons as a student teacher.
  • Create two progress monitoring devices and implement them in your teaching.
  • Write Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).
  • Present an original e-portfolio of your work during student teaching.

To learn more about the online Master of Science in Education - Special Education or Master of Science in Education – Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing PK-12 certification curriculum from Saint Joseph’s University, including Student Teaching and Professional Seminar, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with a Program Manager or request more information.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change without notice as course and student needs change over time. For current course descriptions, please see the Online Academic Catalog.

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