This part-time program is suitable for teachers who have a basic certification and work, or plan to work, with infants, toddlers and children in the early childhood stage of development and who may have developmental delays.
These courses remain appropriate for teachers continuing their expertise in teaching by acquiring knowledge and developing competencies working with infants, toddlers and young children and their families. The program emphasizes the interrelated development of knowledge, understanding, sensitivity and skills, resulting in more effective teaching and learning.
The M.A. program is a further development of the undergraduate child study program,and its courses are directed to instructional techniques and a knowledge-base related to children who have special educational needs, from moderate to severe, as well as a link in the liberal arts courses to the New York State Learning Standards.
St. Joseph’s College has, as its mission, the support of educational programs that contribute to the vitality of the communities served by the Long Island Campus. Completion of the program results in certification. The graduate program emphasizes an interrelated development of knowledge, understanding, sensitivity, respect and skills resulting in more effective and significant teaching and learning in response to the instructional needs of children 0-3 years of age, preschool, kindergarten and first and second grades.