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 Long Island 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 infant toddler early intervention; early childhood, childhood and adolescence special education; literacy; bilingual education and administration, as well as other disciplines such as speech pathology, psychology and guidance counseling.
Child study majors begin fieldwork as sophomores. 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.