The critical role educators play in shaping the intellectual and
social development of students in their formative years (grades
1-6) is well-documented by experts in the field. Recent
studies have shown that elementary school teachers can impact
future student success or failure.
The resulting increase in public and government interest in
quality education as well as rising enrollment numbers — especially
in inner cities and rural areas — are creating a strong demand for
qualified childhood teachers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics
forecasts a 13 percent growth rate in employment for childhood
educators by 2018.
You can prepare for these opportunities through the
132-133-credit Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education degree
program at St. John’s. Offered by The School of Education, this
acclaimed program is fully accredited by the Teacher Education
Accreditation Council (TEAC). Completion of the program
entitles students to receive New York State teacher
accreditation in Childhood Education. Courses are conveniently
offered at both the Queens and Staten Island campuses.
The program provides students with the professional knowledge
and skills needed to teach children in the lower grades within an
evolving, multicultural and multiethnic society.
Reflecting the University’s Vincentian and Catholic values,
emphasis is put on sensitivity to varying cultural values as well
as individual learning aptitudes. The program also encourages
students to participate in study abroad opportunities to expand
their global perspective while giving them a competitive advantage
in the job market.
To learn more, we invite you to explore our program requirements, objectives, academic resources.
Professor and Chair
Associate Dean (Queens Campus)
Assistant Dean (Staten Island Campus)