Long Island Child Study Major

Long Island Child Study Major

Sculpt the minds of tomorrow’s leaders. Make a difference. Get ready.

By the end of your studies, you will have gained the knowledge and experience necessary for the teacher certification examinations. You will step right up to the front of a classroom confidently.

If you are driven by a passion to share your love for knowledge with young learners, St. Joseph's University child study major could be your perfect fit.

Child study majors learn in a small, tight-knit community; regularly collaborate with their professors and peers; and graduate with an abundance of elementary classroom experience. You can personalize your degree and choose from a wide array of concentrations that meet your interests.

Inspire students to be lifelong learners. Be a leader. Get ready to become an effective teacher with a St. Joseph's University child study degree.

Asma HoseinAsma Hosein ’23
Child Study Major with a Concentration in Psychology

"The Child Study department has helped me realize my potential as a student and an educator. They have provided many opportunities and shared an abundance of knowledge that will help me in my professional career. The department is very supportive and committed to providing every student with a great experience during their time at St. Joseph's University."

The Long Island Child Study Major Experience

Be in Demand: Child study graduates are in constant demand in Long Island schools and beyond the region as teachers, school administrators, principals and superintendents.


Develop Your Skills: The classes at St. Joseph’s will prepare you for student teaching, where you lead classes with the guidance of a teacher.


Add a Concentration: Child study majors choose a concentration to develop expertise in an area of interest, including mathematics, science, history and English. 

Universal Pre-K Program

Since its founding in 2006, the St. Joseph’s University UPK program has annually provided jobs to nearly 100 SJNY alumni. Most have graduated from the University’s child study program and have used opportunities at UPK to launch their careers as educators. Roughly 60% of UPK program employees are St. Joseph’s alumni – many of them recent graduates who are work as part-time co-teachers. The unique partnership provides a safety net of support to recent graduates as they step into real-world teaching. Current SJNY students have the opportunity to substitute teach over winter break, and alumni who work at UPK frequently grow within the program, becoming lead teachers and site supervisors in the process.