Freshman YearChild study majors take their core curriculum courses and Speech 102 in their freshman year.
Sophomore YearMajors continue to fulfill the core curriculum and concentration area requirements while starting the child study curriculum. Sophomores will take the following:
- CS 101 Child Psychology and Development I (with fieldwork). Offered fall and spring.
- CS 102 Child Psychology and Development II (with fieldwork). Offered fall and spring.
- CS 121 Psychology of the Exceptional Child
- CS 211 Foundations of Childhood Education (with fieldwork)
- SPC 224 Children’s Literature and Oral Expression
Junior YearMajors begin to take a more intensive child study curriculum with extensive fieldwork in their junior year. The following is required in junior year:
- CS 301 Literacy and Language in the Primary Grades (with fieldwork)
- CS 302 Literacy and Language in the Intermediate Grades (fourth through sixth grades, with fieldwork)
- CS 308 Education for Preschool and Kindergarten (with fieldwork)
- CS 309 Mathematics and Science in the Elementary School. Prerequisite is CS 301.
- CS 321 Psychoeducational Assessment
- CS 324 Special Education: Curriculum, Methods and Materials I (with fieldwork)
- CS 325 Special Education: Curriculum, Methods and Materials II (fourth through sixth grades, with fieldwork)
Senior YearCandidates student teach in two semesters, take a course in classroom management and complete a research project in early childhood/childhood education in their senior year.
- CS 352 Classroom Management
- CS 400 Research in Child Development and Childhood Education
- CS 414 Supervised Student Teaching
- CS 424 Special Education Student Teaching
SUMMARY OF FIELDWORK EXPERIENCEChild study majors are actively engaged in observing and interacting with children and/or teachers in their sophomore year. For all fieldwork courses at or above the 200 level, students are assigned to a school by the SJC placement coordinator and they are required to continue going to the assigned classroom each week until final exams begin.
When they reach the 300 level, majors are expected to plan lessons, teach a small group or an entire class and self-evaluate after teaching. They are observed by their cooperating teachers and by a College supervisor.
The following breaks down the major’s fieldwork experience:
- CS 101 Child Psychology and Development I – five hours. Offered fall and spring.
- CS 211 Foundations of Childhood Education – 10 hours
- CS 301 Literacy and Language Arts – Primary Grades – 35 hours (morning)
- CS 302 Literacy and Language Arts – Intermediate Grades – 35 hours (morning)
- CS 308 Education for Preschool and Kindergarten – 20 hours (morning)
- CS 324 Special Education Curriculum Methods and Materials – 35 hours (morning)
- CS 325 Special Education Curriculum Methods and Materials – 35 hours (morning)