S. Mary Ann Cashin, M.S., Chairperson
Susan Straut Collard, Ph.D., Associate Chairperson
The courses in Child Study are designed to prepare students to work with children in a variety of settings, including preschools, elementary schools, and special education facilities. The curriculum emphasizes a developmental approach toward children, with a strong grounding in the psychological foundations of child development and good educational practice. Various courses deal with children of all abilities and ages, from gifted children to those with severely delayed development, from newborns through childhood years. Emphasis is placed on practices that encourage inclusion of children with special needs and acknowledge the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity.
All students accepted into the department work toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Study, with a 30-credit area of concentration in a field other than Child Study. These students must maintain an average in their major of C (2.8) or higher. Transfer students are required to take at least 15 of the credits in Child Study at St. Joseph’s College. Each student in this program is required to purchase and complete an e-portfolio.
Students who wish to teach, and who meet the academic and professional requirements of the department (see Child Study Handbook), may elect to follow a certification plan. Successful completion of this more intensive program of study will qualify the student for initial certification in four areas: Early Childhood (birth-grade 2), Childhood (grades 1-6), Students with Disabilities: Early Childhood (birth-grade 2), and Students with Disabilities: Childhood (grades 1-6). These students must maintain an overall average and a major average of 2.8 or higher. The New York State Education Department requires that in order to obtain initial certification, a student must (a) have met the college’s requirements for the bachelor’s degree, which include a general education core, a content core, and a pedagogical core; (b) have passed the New York State Certification Examinations for each of the certificates; (c) have taken a Mandated Reporter Workshop, Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Workshop, and a Prevention of School Violence workshop, and have fingerprint clearance by the State Education Department.. At the time of graduation, there is a fee payable to the New York State Education Department for each initial certificate. St. Joseph’s College programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Articulation with Suffolk County Community College: St. Joseph’s has an articulation agreement with Suffolk through which SCCC students who complete the A.A. degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences or the A.S. degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Education (Child Study) Emphasis may transfer to St. Joseph’s for the B.A. in Child Study, which leads to teacher certification for Early Childhood, Childhood, and Special Education. Consult either school for specific details.
Articulation with Queensborough Community College: St. Joseph’s has an articulation agreement with Queensborough through which QCC students who complete the A.A. degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences or the A.S. degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) may transfer to St. Joseph’s for the B.A. in Child Study, which leads to initial teacher certification for Early Childhood, Childhood, and Special Education. Consult either school for specific details.
Dillon Child Study Center at SJC Brooklyn
The Dillon Child Study Center is the campus laboratory school for the department. The program, opened in 1934, is registered by the New York State Department of Education and licensed by the New York City Department of Health. In addition to services described elsewhere in this catalog, the Center affords observation and practicum experiences for students in the Child Study Department, which makes a special commitment to the importance of the early childhood years. The Dillon Center exemplifies for them an educational facility that meets the needs of typically developing children as well as children with disabilities at the early childhood level of instruction.
Susan Shapiro, Ph.D., Educational Director.