The role of parents, educators, doctors and others in the development of children is crucial to their success. Saint Joseph's University's childhood studies major is designed for students looking to specialize in the care and development of young children and youth. Through your coursework and field experience as a childhood studies major, you will learn how to better serve your community, starting with our youngest generation.
What is a Childhood Studies?
Saint Joseph's Childhood Studies program is offered as an undergraduate major and adult learner degree program. The program provides an interdisciplinary curriculum with opportunities to customize your education to fit your passion for community service and your future career aiding the growth of our youngest generations. The curriculum includes a focus on childhood psychology, education, special education and community health. Besides the core program, students can select two of the three area studies:
- Learning and Instruction
- Special Education
Ways to Study Childhood Studies
This program is offered as an undergraduate major and as a degree for adult learners looking for degree completion. As an SJU student, you have the opportunity to double major or add a related minor to customize your education. Related areas of study include:
What can you do with a Childhood Studies degree?
A Childhood Studies degree from Saint Joseph's University enables you to pursue a career in any of the following related fields:
- Preschool or day-care professional
- Special education
- Nonprofits serving children and communities
- Social work
How will Saint Joseph's University Prepare you for your Career
At Saint Joseph's University, opportunities abound to help prepare you for a career serving your community, whether your goal is to obtain a graduate degree or land your first job. The childhood studies program includes several courses with fieldwork in the Philadelphia area and a capstone internship that aligns with your career goals. You will have opportunities to gain hands-on experience in your capstone internship at community schools, child care and healthcare settings throughout Philadelphia. Philadelphia is a rich network for education and healthcare, presenting numerous opportunities to childhood studies students.
Continue Your Education
Each student has a unique path, whether it's taking them to graduate school or a medical program or their first job in their chosen field. Saint Joseph's offers a variety of graduate options to help undergraduates further develop their skills and advance their careers. Students have many options:
- 4 + 1 Education M.S. program leading to Instructional 1 certification for teaching in PK-4, 4-8, or 7-12 classrooms; art education PK-12; and foreign language PK-12
- 4 + 1 Education M.S. program to obtain Instructional 1 certification as Reading Specialist PK-12
- M.S. in Professional Education program, with no certification