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Childhood Education (1-6), Bachelor of Science

Leads to initial certification to teach grades 1 through 6 in New York State.

Upon completion of the BS.Ed, you are granted initial certification to teach grades 1 through 6 in New York State.

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Associated Colleges or Schools
Program Location
  • Queens Campus
Required Credit Hours

Experiential learning from the beginning

  • Students, beginning in their first semester, will have opportunities to work with children in underrepresented areas in and around New York City and Long Island.
  • Students are guided on how to navigate the certification and program requirements throughout the time in our program.
  • Students can take honors level education courses while working with world-class faculty on research projects if they so desire.
  • Opportunities to study abroad, including a full semester in Rome.
  • Students can also choose one of our many 5 year and pathway programs that lead to dual certification.

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If you have any questions about our program or requirements, please contact us and we will be happy to answer all of your questions.

Bernadette A Zacharuk

Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs


Sullivan Hall (G 06)


in NYC and Long Island public and Catholic Schools.

ll incoming new students can gain valuable experiences in local schools. 

Faculty in the School of Education are current and former teachers and administrators in local schools.

Featured Faculty

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  • Associate Professor


Curriculum and Instruction

Education Core Classes

Education courses include foundations, multicultural, and methods.

A 39 credit core consisting of a mix of liberal arts, theology, and philosophy courses.

All elementary education students must complete a 30 credit, interdisciplinary core consisting of math, science, social studies, and foreign language.

All elementary education students will obtain their fingerprints, set up their TEACH accounts, and complete all mandated workshops in their first semester during EDU 101.

Certification exams will be completed prior to the start of the final two semesters.

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Gain valuable experiences beginning in your first semester by working with our collaborators in Jump Start and Reading Partners

Impactful Alumni

Jorge Santos ’10CPS, ’12G, ’18GEd reading his book to a group of young students

Education Alumnus Authors Children’s Book that Celebrates Diversity

A St. John’s University triple alumnus and special education teacher recently penned a children’s book that aims to help young readers embrace and cherish the diversity within their own and others’ families.

Jorge Santos ’10CPS, ’12G, ’18GEd The School of Education


Education Alumnus Authors Children’s Book that Celebrates Diversity

Robert Cortes on commencement stage with Dean Holmes and University employee

Doctoral Graduate Overcomes Challenges to Earn Degree

Robert E. Cortes ’22Ed.D., Outreach Coordinator for Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), decided it was time to go back to school after earning his bachelor’s degree from Hunter College, and his master’s degree from Columbia University School of Social Work. Between earning his last degree and beginning his studies at St. John’s University, 17 years had passed.

Robert E. Cortes ’22Ed.D. The School of Education


Dr. Cortes graduated with a Doctor of Education degree in Administration and Supervision at The School of Education Commencement ceremony on May 17. For his dissertation, “The Stereotype Threat Experiences of Men of Color Persisting at Community College,” he explored factors affecting the graduation, persistence, and retention rates of men of color attending community college.


For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission online. Or contact us directly at the campus of your choice:

Admission Office - Queens Campus
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Admission Office -  Staten Island campus
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