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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

Sitter-Tompkins, Ann Marie

Titles/Responsibilities Lecturer
Academic School
School of Arts & Sciences
Academic Department Elementary Education
Contact Information Office Phone: (716) 375-2537
E-Mail: asitter@sbu.edu 
Office Location/Hours Plassmann Hall, B14
Courses Taught
  • EDUC 201. Introduction to Teaching 
  • EDUC 401. Diagnostic and Prescriptive Reading 
  • EDUC 425. Organization and Assessment for Elementary Classrooms 
  • EDUC 430. Methods for Teaching Elementary Science, Math and Technology
Academic Degrees
  • MSED, Education, St. Bonaventure University, 1990
  • B.S., Elementary Education, St. Bonaventure University, 1986
  • A.A.S., Human Services, Alfred State College, 1980
Other Interests/Community Involvement
Other Education NYS State Administrator/Supervisor Certification, 2002
Professional Background
  • St. Bonaventure University, Lecturer, 2011-present
  • St. Bonaventure University, Adjunct Professor, 2006-present
  • Bolivar-Richburg, Elementary Teacher, 2003-2011
  • Cattaraugus/Allegany BOCES, Early Childhood & Human Services Teacher, 2001
  • Southern Tier Catholic School & Archbishop Walsh High School, Supervising Principal, 1999-2001
  • Olean City School District, Elementary Teacher, 1987-1999
Accomplishments
Teaching Philosophy
Current Research Interests/Projects
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