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The mission of the Department of Child Study, on both our Brooklyn and Long Island campuses, is to immerse students in the liberal arts tradition with an emphasis on the latest research and thinking to assist them to appreciate the complex interactions that characterize child development and learning in infancy and childhood.
An emphasis is placed on important contemporary issues and challenges, exploring topics such as understanding development in the context of current societal and cultural influences. Pre-service teachers are encouraged to aspire reflectively toward excellence and a commitment to becoming self-motivated intellectuals and lifelong learners. As future teachers they recognize how respect and sensitivity play an important part in the way children react to their world, how they learn and how they view themselves.
The goals of St. Joseph’s College affirm the dignity, freedom and inherent value of each person. This affirmation is realized through a student-centered environment wherein the faculty’s primary commitment is to excellence in teaching. In this open, supportive atmosphere, students are challenged to develop their potential. They are encouraged to acquire a spirit of inquiry and a joy in learning through an acquired knowledge base.
The faculty of the Department of Child Study believes that the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for effective teaching can best be acquired by translating theory into practice. Therefore, beginning in sophomore year, child study majors are involved in general and special education fieldwork. Through contact with departmental faculty and school personnel, assistance and feedback are offered for ongoing assessment and career guidance.
The following outcome statements are presented as a way of charting and demonstrating professional growth. Upon completion of the teacher education program in the Department of Child Study, the pre-service teacher will be able: