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

Education Specialties


Better diagnostic tests for identifying students with learning and other developmental problems are boosting the number of first through sixth-grade students receiving special education assistance.

These developments — and the passage of legislation mandating that schools serve children with special needs — have led to a growing demand for childhood special education teachers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that employment of special education teachers for grades one through six will rise by 17 percent by 2018, especially in inner-city and rural area schools.

You can prepare for these opportunities through the 144-145-credit Bachelor of Science Degree in Childhood Education and Special Education (Grades 1-6) Degree Program at St. John’s. Offered by The School of Education, the program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). Students who complete the program also receive New York State Teachers’ Licenses in Childhood and Special Education.

Students gain the professional knowledge and skills needed to teach diverse learners in the lower grades within an evolving, multicultural and multiethnic society. The program provides students with a comprehensive background in education theory, theories for teaching students with special needs and hands-on experience through fieldwork and internships at public and private schools throughout the New York metropolitan area. Courses are offered at both the Queens and Staten Island campuses.

Reflecting the University's Vincentian and Catholic values, emphasis is put on training educators who are sensitive to varying cultural values as well as to individual learning aptitudes. Consistent with St. John’s commitment to providing a global education, the program also encourages students to participate in study abroad opportunities to expand their global perspective.

We invite you to learn more about our program by exploring our program requirements, objectives and academic resources.


Department Contact
Dr. Daniel Ness
Professor and Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
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Graduate Admission Contact
Graduate Admissions
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Admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education are identical to those currently outlined for admission to a four-year bachelor of science in The School of Education.

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

Queens campus
Admission Office
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Staten Island campus
Admission Office
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