The School of EducationQueens Campus, Staten Island Campus
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.
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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
Distributed Core — 18 Credits
Additional Liberal Arts Courses — 12 Credits
Major Sequence — 54-55 Credits
Technology and Society: School, Community, Workplace (1-12)
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 Campus718-990-2000[email protected]
Admission Office - Staten Island campus718-390-4500[email protected]
Students who earn their B.S. in Childhood Education will be prepared to
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:
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.