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
Child Study and Speech major, with a specialization in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology

Jennifer is working as a special education teacher in the Department of Education while completing her master’s degree in special education at St. Joseph’s University.

"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: Since 2014, when the assessment started, 100% of Child Study teacher candidates have passed the edTPA. There’s a reason that 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.

* As of Spring 2019


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.

Curriculum — Five Courses/15 Credits:

• CS/EDU 340 — Foundations, Theory and Practice of Bilingual General and Special Education
• CS/EDU 341 — Curriculum, Assessment and Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language in General and Special Education
• CS/EDU 342 — Curriculum, Assessment and Methods of Teaching Native Language Arts in General and Special Education
• CS/EDU 343 — Methods of Teaching Core Subject Areas in the Native Language and English in General and Special Education
• CS/EDU 344 — Assessment Strategies in Bilingual Special Education

Pre-requisite: In addition to English, proficiency in a second language.

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.