Child Study

Child Study

The B.A. in Child Study is a hallmark program of St. Joseph’s College, providing an outstanding education that is consistently ranked among the best teaching programs in the New York metropolitan area. The teacher education program is registered and fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

The B.A. in Child Study is the only program in the New York City area that prepares students for New York State teaching certification in four areas within one department: Early Childhood (birth-second grade), Childhood (first-sixth grade), Early Childhood: Students with Disabilities (birth-second grade) and Childhood: Students with Disabilities (first-sixth grade).

Child study graduates are in constant demand in tri-state area schools and beyond the region as teachers, school administrators, principals and superintendents. The program also prepares students for graduate work in literacy, early childhood education, special education, bilingual education and administration, as well as other disciplines such as speech pathology, psychology and guidance counseling. The Brooklyn Campus offers two Master of Arts programs for educators: Literacy and Cognition, and Special Education.

Brooklyn Campus child study students begin coursework and classroom experience immediately, drawing on the rich resources of the renowned Dillon Child Study Center, which is licensed by the New York City Department of Health and registered with the New York State Department of Education. One of the first laboratory preschools on the East Coast, the Dillon Center serves more than 100 children on campus, with five classes for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten-aged children and an inclusive class of both typically and atypically developing children. Our students observe as freshmen and begin fieldwork as sophomores in the Dillon Center. They continue language and literacy fieldwork and special education fieldwork as juniors.

In the senior year, majors experience student teaching, with both typically and atypically developing children, in a variety of settings that include private, parochial and public schools and in general education, inclusive and self-contained special education classrooms. Child study faculty members supervise all of these experiences. Many students are hired by the schools in which they conduct their fieldwork and student teaching.