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Childhood Education (1-6), Bachelor of Science in Education

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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.

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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 earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Childhood Education, students complete 135-136 credits, including core, major-sequence and content courses.

Common Core — 27 Credits

Discover New York 3

Distributed Core — 18 Credits

Foreign Language  6
PHI2200 CPhilosophy3
THE2000 levelTheology3

Additional Liberal Arts Courses — 12 Credits

MATHPer Advisor 6
ART or MUS1000Art or MUS3

Major Sequence — 54-55 Credits

EDU101Introduction to Education 1-121
EDU1000 or 1000HFoundations of Education (1-12)3
EDU1001Learning and Development (1-6)3
EDU1003Organizational Strategies & Classroom Environment3
EDU1041First & Second Language Acquisition and Literacy Development (1-6)3
EDU1042Literacy Development for Content Area Reading & Assessment (1-6)3
EDU1055The Art of Writing for Education (1-12)3
EDU1006Methods of Teaching Mathematics (1-6)3
EDU1007Methods of Teaching Science (1-6)3
EDU1008Special Education Foundations & Accommodating Student Needs (1-12)3
EDU1010Planning, Teaching & Assessing Social Studies (1-6)3
EDU1011Human Relations in Inclusive & Multiculturalism3

Technology and Society: School, Community, Workplace (1-12)

EDU1016Art and Music in Inclusive Settings (1-6)3
EDU1027Education Theory to Practice/Childhood (1-6)3
EDU1021Student Teaching and Seminar/Childhood Education (1-6)12

Content Area — 24 to 30 credits(by advisement)
Students should select one content area from the following in consultation with an advisor: English, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Language, Psychology, Sociology, Science or Social Studies.

(Workshops in fingerprinting, violence prevention, Autism (Special Education majors) and child abuse are also required to obtain NYS certification.)


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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Students who earn their B.S. in Childhood Education will be prepared to

  • Instruct students in grades 1 through 6
  • Become leaders in the field by observing, training and working closely with committed professor educators
  • Be adept at teaching students from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Be able to work with children with emotional problems 
  • Communicate and inspire trust in students
  • Motivate students
  • Understand and respond to learning challenged students
  • Collaborate as part of community and workplace team
  • Manage community education resources
  • Integrate cutting-edge childhood development principles into curriculum
  • Teach literacy skills

Additional Information

Childhood Education majors at St. John's benefit from the outstanding resources, curriculum and opportunities available in The School of Education, which has prepared leading teachers, administrators and researchers for more than 100 years.

Students learn from renowned scholar-practitioners with abundant experience in and connections to public and parochial schools throughout the New York City area and across the country.

St. John’s metropolitan and Vincentian missions are reflected in The School of Education’s many strategic partnerships with New York City-area schools. These partnerships and the School’s highly regarded after-school programs for at-risk students help create internship and career opportunities for Childhood Education majors — providing invaluable experience and leading to full-time employment after graduation.

Childhood Education majors also gain an academic and professional edge by joining any of the more than 180 student clubs, programs, and organizations at St. John's — those in The School of Education:

  • America Reads*America Serves: A program that calls on all Americans to support teachers as they help ensure that every American child can read well and independently by the end of third grade.
  • Dean's Scholars: Membership is reserved for the top students in The School of Education, who act as ambassadors, leaders and role models.
  • Jumpstart: A national early literacy non-profit organization that works towards the day when every child in America enters school prepared to succeed.
  • Kappa Delta Pi: An international honor society dedicated to excellence in teaching.

Of course, Childhood Education majors also benefit from the outstanding resources all St. John's students enjoy.

Campus facilities include high-tech classrooms, laboratories and our 1.7 million-volume Library. Our D'Angelo Center is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University and Student Center with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks café and full-service food court.

Students take advantage of St. John’s location in dynamic New York City. Our faculty and Career Center have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area.

Department Contact

Bernadette A Zacharuk

Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs

Sullivan Hall 403
[email protected]

Department Contact