Childhood Studies Major

Childhood Studies Major (Non-Certification)

The undergraduate Teacher Education programs are built upon a strong liberal arts curriculum provided through the General Education Program (GEP) at Saint Joseph’s University. This enables students to integrate their understanding of interdisciplinary content with an understanding of children and adolescents.

Students balance theory and practice in working with children and adult adults. Most education courses provide students with the opportunity to investigate theory and research while participating in field experiences in local schools.

Learning Goals and Objectives (INTASC)

Standard #1: Learner Development. The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.

Standard #2: Learning Differences. The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.

Standard #3: Learning Environments. The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self motivation.

Standard #4: Content Knowledge. The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.

Standard #5: Application of Content. The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.

Standard #6: Assessment. The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.

Standard #7: Planning for Instruction. The teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.

Standard #8: Instructional Strategies. The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.

Standard #9: Professional Learning and Ethical Practice. The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.

Standard #10: Leadership and Collaboration. The teacher seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

The traditional undergraduate programs include 40 courses distributed across three components: A General Education component divided into Signature Courses, Variable Courses, and an Integrative Learning requirement; a Major and Divisional component; and Free Electives. In addition to course requirements as specified in each area, students must complete one certified course in each of the following overlay areas:

  1. Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
  2. Ethics Intensive, and
  3. Writing Intensive. Overlay requirements are part of the forty-course requirement.

General Education Signature Courses

See this page about Signature courses. Six courses

General Education Variable Courses

See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses

General Education Overlays

See this page about Overlays.

General Education Integrative Learning Component

See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses:

HIS 201History of the United States3
or HIS 202 History of the United States
EDU 246Language and Culture w/ Field3
SPE 160Intro to Special Education3

Major Requirements

Core Courses:21
Schools in Society w/ Field
Cognition & Learning w/ Field
Intro to Special Education
Language and Culture w/ Field
Child Development
Fam School & Comm:Diverse Soc
Internship in Health Studies
Area Studies:18
Learning & Instruction Focus:
Found of Early Child w/ Field
Assessment and Evaluation
Literacy/Literature I w/ Field
Tech Enhan Curr & Inst w/Field
Soc/Emo Dev/Lrn: Erly Chld
Special Education Focus:
Teaching in Inclusive Environ
Educ Stds w/Low Incid Disabil
Ed Stds w/Emot-Social Beh Disb
Health Focus:
Intro Autism Spectrum Disorder
Intro Health Prof Practice
Health of School-aged Child
Nutrition: Health & Disease
Applied Behav Anlysis & Autism
Skill Assess & Instr ABA&ASD
Health Services Research
Electives:24
Electives. Courses outside EDU, SPE and IHS may be considered in consultation with the Teacher Education chairperson.