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Dr. Nancy Casey, Chair
ncasey@sbu.edu
(716) 375-2141
Plassmann Hall Room B48
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778

What Can I do With This Major?

CHILDHOOD STUDIES

Become a leader & advocate for children and families

SBU Childhood StudiesThe undergraduate major in childhood studies is designed for students who want to develop knowledge and skills necessary for careers working with children and families in a wide variety of settings.

Childhood studies majors develop skills that are valued in the work force, including those that focus on child development from multiple perspectives, such as an understanding of typically developing children, special needs children and the needs of young children; an understanding of planning and organization of programs; and a strong emphasis on collaboration and community involvement.

This major provides students with a strong foundation in the liberal arts. The courses in the major will help students develop expertise in areas such as:

  • Child development
  • Understanding special needs children
  • Planning and preparing programs, events and activities
  • Behavior and behavior intervention
  • Collaboration with families and community members

Childhood studies majors complete an internship in a community setting during their senior year. The internship is individually designed to meet the career goals of each student. During the internship, the student identifies a problem to be studied, a program to be developed or a collaborative partnership to develop. Students work with university faculty and site supervisors during this internship.

A wide range of career options are open to students completing the major.  Sample career paths might be those in areas such as:
  • law as a child advocate
  • children's publishing (print & web)
  • social work
  • school or community counseling
  • children's museums
  • children's theater
  • day care operations
  • recreation
  • advocacy/public service
  • health and wellness
Childhood studies majors are encouraged to pursue a minor related to their career goals.  Potential minors are: 
  • Journalism/Mass Communications
  • Sociology or Social Work
  • Psychology
  • Business
  • Political Science
  • Philosophy of Law
  • English
  • Theater

Hunt, Christine A.

Titles/Responsibilities Assistant Professor
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Elementary Education
Contact Information Office Phone: (716) 375-2315
E-Mail: chunt@sbu.edu
Office Location/Hours Plassmann Hall, B12
Courses Taught
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy, Michigan State University
  • M.S., Elementary Education, Purdue University
  • B.S., Elementary Education, Grace College
Personal Interests/Community Involvement
Other Education
Professional Background
Accomplishments
  • September 2007: Dissertation defense
  • March 2006: Co-facilitated a staff in-service with Dr. Bell at Lincoln Elementary School in Hammond, IN, on the integration of science and literacy

 Presentations 

  • A Tale of Two Voices:  PDS Journeys of Junior Faculty:  National Association for Professional Development Schools, March 9-12, 2011 New Orleans, LA (With Claudette Thompson) 

  • Professional Development Schools National Conference . March 2006 (With Dr. Cheryl Bell)
Teaching Philosophy

The central tenet of my teaching philosophy is that learning is something that occurs throughout life. As an adult and teacher, I am continuously learning and re-learning concepts as well as applying them in a variety of situations. This requires me to have a base of knowledge in order to learn the concepts and know how to apply them in a wide array of circumstances.

As a teacher it is my responsibility to provide my students with the basics they will need in order to become lifelong learners. In other words, I am responsible for guiding my students in the discovery of knowing how to learn new concepts and how to use them in new ways. They need to learn how to learn on their own. Teaching students to learn how to learn requires a teacher to play a variety of roles as well as knowing when and how to employ them.

First, there are times when the teacher is the “sage on the stage” presenting relevant information for students in the form of lectures. Didactic instruction is necessary at times to quickly and concisely present essential information that students will need. Another role the teacher has is that of facilitator. In this role the teacher needs to be an active listener in order to come to an understanding of what the student knows in order to know how best to direct instruction for the student.

It also means that the teacher needs to use observational skills as well to see how the student is using information. In this role the teacher is evaluating what knowledge the student has and how it is being put to use. This allows the teacher to determine if there are any misperceptions that need to be corrected as well as how the information is being used at present and how it could be furthered. This provides the teacher with information that leads to the choice of appropriate instruction.

Guiding students in academic content knowledge and application is one role the teacher plays. Lifelong learning also includes how to be good citizens. 

Current Research Interests/Projects
  • Educational Policy
  • Teachers and Assessment
  • School Reform
  • Curriculum and Instruction
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