Brooklyn Child Study Department

Be a leader. Nurture young minds. Get ready.

If sculpting the minds of tomorrow’s leaders excites you, then the child study program at St. Joseph's University is your perfect fit. Our Child Study Department prepares graduates to be confident standing in front of a classroom, inspiring and educating students from newborns to sixth graders.

Our students have the opportunity to obtain early classroom experience at the renowned Dillon Child Study Center, located right on campus. Choose from more than 10 areas of concentration and learn at an institution that consistently ranks among the best teaching programs in the New York Metropolitan area. 

St. Joseph’s small classes maximize student participation. As part of the Child Study Department, you will be embraced by a supportive community and collaborate often with your professors and peers. Faculty will personally know you and offer guidance and support. By graduation, you will be prepared to ace all of your teaching certifications and be ready to step right up to the front of a classroom.

Jennifer SilberbergJennifer Silberberg ’19, M.A. ’21
B.A. in Child Study and Speech, with a specialization in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
M.A. in Special Education

"The child study program at St. Joseph's University helped me prepare to become a confident first-year teacher, while giving me a strong knowledge base to help me excel in my master’s program. The Child Study Department at St. Joseph's University not only taught me about academics and the variety of teaching strategies to implement in the classroom, but the importance of building relationships with students, families, fellow teachers, and the whole school community."

Hear from our Child Study students

The Brooklyn Child Study Experience

Get Certified: Typically, well over 90 percent of our child study graduates land a teaching job within the first couple of months after graduation.


Be in Demand: Child study graduates are in constant demand in tri-state area schools and beyond the region as teachers, school administrators, principals and superintendents.


Develop Your Skills: Many of your courses will include fieldwork in the Dillon Center and local elementary schools. The classes at St. Joseph’s will prepare you for student teaching when you lead classes with the guidance of a teacher.



Child Study Major
Take your first step toward a rewarding career in teaching. 

The B.A. in Child Study is a hallmark program of St. Joseph's University, providing an outstanding education that is consistently ranked among the best teaching programs in the New York Metropolitan area. We are fully accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).



Child Study Concentrations
Focus on an area that interests you.

Our students often choose a concentration that focuses on an individual’s personal area of interest. We offer a wide range of concentrations including the following:

Bilingual Certificate Extension
Learn to teach in a bilingual classroom.

This certificate extension program is suitable for teachers who have basic certifications in Early Childhood, Early Childhood Special Education, Childhood Education and/or Childhood Special Education, and Secondary Education. The courses offered are appropriate for teachers who, in addition to English, are proficient in another language and who wish to continue their expertise in teaching by acquiring knowledge and developing competencies working in a bilingual classroom or as a teacher of students with speech and language disabilities.

M.A. in Special Education
Prepare to make a difference in your classroom.

Throughout your studies in the special education program, you’ll learn innovative ways to navigate Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) to teach to the needs of each student in your class. By graduation, you will have the patience and adaptability to lead your classroom with confidence.



M.A. in Literacy and Cognition
Meet the literacy needs of your students.

Our program dives right in and teaches our aspiring educators and reading specialists new and thoughtful ways to provide effective literacy instruction for the diverse population of children in schools across New York and the nation.



Set your students up for success.

Designed for students holding initial teacher certification in childhood or adolescent education or those with a bachelor's degree that leads to initial certification, St. Joseph’s M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program prepares students to create a welcoming and inclusive learning environment to teach English to speakers of other languages in grades K-12.



M.A. in Educational Leadership with Critical Consciousness
Become an agent of change.

Prepare to shape a school system that fosters respect for diversity and care for the dignity of all. Critical to leadership in the school community is a consciousness of the barriers that impede full life and participation by all, and a commitment to act for the elimination of those barriers. Candidates will build a skill set for leadership in the reflective teaching process and in supervision for instructional excellence.



Did You Know?

The B.A. in Child Study is the only program in the New York City/Long Island area area that prepares students for state teaching certification in four areas within one department: Early Childhood (birth-second grade), Childhood (first-sixth grade), Early Childhood: Students with Disabilities (birth-second grade) and Childhood: Students with Disabilities (first-sixth grade). Candidates who are certified in New York State should be aware that certification is not automatically transferable to other states.