Child Study Curriculum (B)

Freshman Year

Child study majors begin taking their core curriculum while exploring a concentration.

  • CS 101 Child Psychology and Development I

  • CS 102 Child Psychology and Development II

  • Each of these two courses include five hours of guided observation at the Dillon Child Study Center

Sophomore Year

Child study majors continue to fulfill the core curriculum and concentration requirements while beginning intense teaching preparation.

  • CS 121 Psychology of the Exceptional Child

  • CS 208 Early Childhood: Curriculum, Methods and Materials (2 credits)

  • CS 210 Preschool Education Practicum (1 credit)*

  • CS 211 Foundations of Childhood Education*

  • Students engage in 30 hours of fieldwork in the Dillon Child Study Center during one semester of their sophomore year under the supervision of a preschool or kindergarten teacher. Students also engage in at least 30 hours of fieldwork in an elementary school for the foundations course.

Junior Year

Child study majors continue to fulfill the core curriculum and concentration requirements while learning and practicing methods for teaching various elementary school subjects to both general and special education students. Students spend one morning each week for the entire junior year in a general education classroom and one morning in a special education classroom — the first semester with early childhood students and the second with intermediate students. Child study majors are expected to observe, plan and teach lessons to both small groups of children and entire classes. They are observed by their cooperating teacher and by an SJC supervisor.

  • CS 301 Literacy and Language in the Primary Grades*

  • CS 302 Literacy and Language in the Intermediate Grades*

  • CS 309 Math and Science Methods in the Elementary School

  • CS 320 Educational Assessment (2 credits)

  • CS 323 Children with Learning Disabilities

  • CS 324 Special Education: Curriculum, Methods and Materials I*

  • CS 325 Special Education: Curriculum, Methods and Materials II*

Senior Year

Child study majors continue to fulfill concentration requirements, student-teach during both semesters and complete a research project in childhood education in one semester. The following child study courses are required:

  • CS 352 Classroom Management (1 credit)

  • CS 400 Research in Childhood Education

  • CS 413 Student Teaching in the Elementary School (4 credits)* —  20 days in two classrooms each, one early childhood and one childhood placement

  • CS 423 Special Education Practicum (4 credits)* — 20 days, two classrooms, one early childhood and one childhood placement

*Requires fieldwork.

See SJC catalog for application procedure information for CS 413 and CS 423.

Summary of Fieldwork Experience

  • CS 101 Child Psychology and Development I — five hours

  • CS 102 Child Psychology and Development II — five hours

  • CS 210 Preschool Education Practicum — 30 hours

  • CS 211 Foundations of Childhood Education — 30 hours

  • CS 301 Literacy/Language in the Primary Grades — 35 hours

  • CS 302 Literacy/Language in the Intermediate Grades — 35 hours

  • CS 324 Special Education Methods I — 35 hours

  • CS 325 Special Education Methods II — 35 hours

Total: 200 hours
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