Child Study Course Descriptions

CS 101 CHILD PSYCHOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT I

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introduction to the study of human development processes, theories and variations, which will include the impact of culture, disability, socioeconomic level, personal health and safety, nutrition and the principles and theories of development during the first two years of life. The course will address the concepts of collaboration and parent/child relationships, inclusion, past and present abusive and dangerous environments and the impact of technology on childbearing and child-rearing. 5 hours of directed observation of very young children. 3 lecture hours, one semester, 3 credits. Offered in fall in Brooklyn. Offered fall and spring on Long Island.

CS 102 CHILD PSYCHOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT II

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the patterns of physical, cognitive, social/emotional development of the child age 2 to adolescence, with emphasis on the preschool and middle-childhood periods. Topics include theories and research applicable to the developmental sequences in cognition, play and peer relationships, parent/child relationships, pro-social and moral development, cross-cultural perspectives and contemporary issues of concern, such as poverty, divorce and abduction. The course includes the required NYS/NYC Board of Education curriculum in the identification and reporting of suspected child abuse or maltreatment. 5 hours of directed observation of children. 3 lecture hours, 1 semester, 3 credits. Offered in fall in Brooklyn. Offered fall and spring on Long Island.

CS 121 PSYCHOLOGY OF THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introduction and overview of the human development of persons with the full range of disabilities and special health care needs, also including the gifted and the effect of those disabilities and needs on learning and behavior. Emphasis will consider skills in networking and collaborating with parents and multidisciplinary teams for services and the necessity of following legislative procedures to access and maintain services. The course will address the utilization of assistive technologies that will maximize independence as well as concerns related to cultural diversity and inclusion. 3 lecture hours, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

CS 208 EARLY CHILDHOOD: CURRICULUM, METHODS AND MATERIALS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

An interactive exploration of early childhood curriculum and practices focusing on children from birth to grade two. Course content will be based on developmentally appropriate practices reflective of research based pedagogy and integration of technology in the classroom. Students will acquire increasing competency in forming parental partnerships, collaborations with other professionals and paraprofessionals and creating environments conductive to multiculturalism and inclusion. Students will plan and implement lessons within their fieldwork experience in the campus-based Dillon Child Study Center. 2 lecture hours, 1 semester, 2 credits. Fall and spring.

CS 210 PRESCHOOL EDUCATION PRACTICUM

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

A practicum in the Dillon Center laboratory school for one semester of the sophomore year. Intensive study of preschool education from the child development point of view. Emphasis on the role of the teacher and assistant as reflective planners for the needs of typical children and children with disabilities and their parents. Exposure to guiding behavior, planning activities and the importance of individual differences in planning activities and selecting materials appreciating children’s cultural backgrounds, individual needs and interests. 30 hours of participation in the preschool, 1 credit. Fall and spring.

CS 211 FOUNDATIONS OF CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the school from the historical, sociological, educational and philosophical perspectives. The course will explore legislation as it relates to rights and responsibilities of teachers, students, parents, community members and school administrators. The course is designed to introduce the concepts of instructional planning, motivation, classroom management, as well as the school’s response to AIDS, drug/alcohol abuse, child abuse and abduction and the effect of culture, poverty and socioeconomic level on learning. Skills in the use of technology as it relates to classroom instruction and planning will be addressed. 10 hours of guided fieldwork observation, first to sixth grades. 3 lecture hours, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

CS 301 LITERACY AND LANGUAGE in an inclusive setting (first or second grades)

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of theoretical perspectives and practices of the reading process as set forth by the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association. The course is designed to focus on language acquisition and literacy development by native English speakers, students who are English language learners and students with special language/literacy learning needs. The course content emphasizes skill in developing reading assessment strategies, listening, speaking, writing, reading skills, instructional planning and the design of materials for all students including students with disabilities. Opportunities to apply technology to the teaching of reading will be explored as well as opportunities for collaboration between supervising teachers, students, parents and colleagues. 2 lecture hours and a junior practicum: 1 morning each week for the entire semester (a minimum of 35 contact hours) in an inclusive setting (first or second grades). 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

CS 302 LITERACY AND LANGUAGE IN THE INTERMEDIATE GRADES

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of theoretical perspectives and practices of the reading process as set forth by the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association. This course will focus on skills in the area of instructional planning as well as the listening, speaking, reading, writing and assessment of reading skills of all students including students with disabilities and special learning needs. Literacy development by native English speakers and students who are English language learners will be addressed. Opportunities for the design and adaptation of curriculum and materials for students in the intermediate grades in social studies as well as for students with special learning and cultural needs in inclusive settings will be considered. Consideration will be given to the identification and use of appropriate technological hardware and software applicable on the intermediate level. Prerequisite: CS 301. 2 lecture hours and junior practicum: 1 morning each week in fourth to sixth grades for the entire semester (a minimum of 35 contact hours). 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

CS 308 EDUCATION FOR PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A course that provides interactive exploration of the basis for contemporary early childhood curriculum planning and implementation. Students are encouraged to work in small groups with the instructor to investigate the curriculum and adapt materials to accommodate the learning needs of all children in the cognitive, emotional, social and physical areas of development. Fieldwork: full morning per week, kindergarten. 2 lecture hours, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

CS 309 MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A course designed to present the concepts, methods and planning materials of developmental mathematics and science currently taught in the elementary schools. Topics include problem solving, assessment, use of manipulatives, hands-on experimentation, lesson planning and the social and psychological principles underlying mathematics and science instruction. The design and development of innovative instructional materials, including application of technological knowledge and skills, for individualizing instruction are integral parts of this course. 3 lecture hours, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring. Long Island campus prerequisite is CS 301.

CS 320 EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

A study of the fundamentals of formal and informal assessment for use with students from the entire continuum of placements, including students from general education, students who are at risk and students who are receiving or being considered for special education services. Students will learn to participate in the assessment process and to use the assessment data to plan and modify instruction as part of a collaborative multidisciplinary team. Topics will include descriptive statistics and score conversions; graphing; legal and ethical aspects of assessment; possible cultural bias in tests; test construction and an overview of commonly used norm referenced tests to intelligence, academic achievement, language and behavior. Practice in administering and scoring, by hand or computer, various standardized tests and skill in using these resources to enhance teaching. 2 lecture hours, 1 semester, 2 credits. Fall and spring.

CS 321 PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the fundamentals of formal and informal assessment for use with students from the entire continuum of placements, including students from general education, students who are at risk and students who are receiving or being considered for special education services. Students will learn to participate in the assessment process and to use the assessment data to plan and modify instruction as part of a collaborative multidisciplinary team. Topics will include descriptive statistics and score conversions; graphing; legal and ethical aspects of assessment; possible cultural bias in tests; test construction and an overview of commonly used norm referenced tests of intelligence, academic achievement, language and behavior. Practices in administering and scoring, by hand or computer, various standardized tests and skill in using these resources to enhance teaching. Prerequisite: CS 301 and CS 324. 3 lecture hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Offered fall and spring.

CS 323 CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

An introduction to the study of children with learning disabilities. Topics include theoretical perspectives, formal and informal assessment, teaching methodologies and materials, diversified learning styles, the use of technology in teaching and learning and current research trends in the field. The effect of factors in the home, school and community are considered, as well as the impact of students’ culture, heritage and history on their development and needs. The importance of home-school relationships in the support of student learning is emphasized. With an emphasis on inclusion, the course is designed for both general and special education teachers. 3 lecture hours, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

CS 324 SPECIAL EDUCATION: CURRICULUM, METHODS AND MATERIALS I

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course is an interactive exploration of the nature of early childhood students within the full range of disabilities and special health care and cultural needs and the effect of those disabilities and needs on learning and behavior. Opportunities will be provided for skill development in identifying strengths, planning, designing and adapting instruction and materials, collaborating with teachers and parents to prepare students with disabilities and special needs to attain their highest levels of academic achievement and independence in the inclusive setting. Students will explore the use of assistive and instructional technology in teaching and learning. Prerequisite: CS 121. Two lecture hours and a minimum of 35 contact hours in an inclusive setting (preschool). 1 semester, 3 credits. Brooklyn fall. Long Island fall and spring.

CS 325 SPECIAL EDUCATION: CURRICULUM. METHODS AND MATERIALS II

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the nature of childhood students within the full range of disabilities and special health care and cultural needs and the effect of those disabilities and needs on learning and behavior. Under the guidance of master teachers, in self-contained and inclusive settings, students will implement skills in designing and adapting materials and curriculum, learn to prioritize strengths and prepare students with severe disabilities to attain their highest level of vocational achievement and independence. The use of assistive and instructional technology in teaching and learning will be observed, adapted and implemented in the fieldwork placement. 2 lecture hours and a minimum of 35 contact hours in an inclusive setting (fourth to sixth grades). 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring. Long Island campus prerequisite is CS 324.Offered fall and spring on the Long Island campus.

CS 352 CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A course designed to develop the teaching skills needed to promote a positive atmosphere in the classroom. A variety of models, theories and philosophies pertaining to classroom management will be explored and opportunity for application will be provided. Prerequisite: CS 211. 1 credit, 15 lecture hours. Spring and fall.

CS 400 RESEARCH IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Introduction to research in the fields of child development and education. With individual guidance, students select a topic of interest, review relevant literature, design a simple project exploring this topic and write up their research following American Psychological Association standards. 1 and 1/2 lecture hours, individual appointments. 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

CS 413 SUPERVISED STUDENT TEACHING

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

Observation and supervised practice teaching in early childhood and childhood settings arranged to meet the requirements of the initial certificates in early childhood and childhood in New York State. Lesson planning for content areas: mathematics, science and social studies. Required weekly seminar. Grade of B- or higher is required to be recommended for New York State certification. Prerequisite: approval of recommendations committee. 1 semester in the schools: 20 days in first and second grades and 20 days in fourth to sixth grades, 4 credits. Fall and spring.

CS 414 SUPERVISED STUDENT TEACHING

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Observation and supervised practice teaching in the primary and elementary grades. Placements arranged to meet the requirements of the initial early childhood and childhood certificates in New York State. Lesson planning for content areas: mathematics, science and social studies. Required weekly attendance at seminar. Grade of 2.8 or higher is required to be recommended for New York State certification. Prerequisite: approval of recommendations committee. Student teaching: Minimum of five mornings and three afternoons per week for half a semester in first or second grade and five mornings and three afternoons for half a semester in fourth to sixth grades. 2 seminar hours, 1 semester, 5 credits. Fall and spring.

CS 423 SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENT TEACHING

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

Observation and supervised student teaching in self-contained, special education classes or inclusive classes, arranged to meet the requirements of the initial certificates for children with disabilities: early childhood and childhood. Required weekly seminars. Grade of B- or higher required to be recommended for New York State certification. Prerequisite: approval of recommendations committee. 1 semester in a special class: 20 days in first and second grades and 20 days in fourth to sixth grades, 4 credits. Fall and spring.

CS 424 SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENT TEACHING

Campus:St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Observation and supervised student teaching in inclusive or self-contained classes or resource rooms. Placements are arranged to meet the requirements of the initial certificates in students with disabilities: early childhood and childhood. Opportunities are provided for reflection and demonstration adaptive teaching procedures and the design of materials to meet special learning, behavioral and cultural needs. Required attendance at weekly seminar. Grade of 2.8 or higher required to be recommended for New York State certification. Prerequisite: grade of 2.8 or higher in CS 414, approval of recommendations committee. Student teaching: a minimum of five mornings and three afternoons per week for half a semester in first or second grade and five mornings and three afternoons for half a semester in fourth to sixth grades. 2 seminar hours, 1 semester, 5 credits. Fall and spring.

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