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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

Zimmer, Kayla

Titles/Responsibilities Lecturer
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Elementary Education
Contact Information Office Phone: (716) 375- 2167
E-Mail: kzimmer@sbu.edu
Office Location Plassmann Hall, B37
Courses Taught
  • EDUC 201. Introduction to Teaching 
  • EDUC 220/220L. Basic Instructional Design 
  • EDUC 304. Methods, Models, and Management of Instruction 
  • EDUC 310. Methods and Models: Social Studies and Language Arts 
  • EDUC 312. Developmental Reading 
  • EDUC 325. Literature for Elementary Grades 
  • University 101: Skills for the Good Journey 
Academic Degrees
  • Ed.M., Elementary Education, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • B.A., English, State University of New York at Albany
Personal Interests/Community Involvement
  • Faculty organizer of the School of Education Book Club
  • Enchanted Mountain Aquatic Club, Swim-a-Thon director and Meet Manager
  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • Girl Scouts
Other Education
Professional Background
Accomplishments
  • Co-presented with Dr. Nancy Casey at the 2006 Professional Development Schools National Conference (March 23-26, Orlando Florida) Guiding Inquiry: Shepherding and Scaffolding Action Research in the PDS
  • 2006-2007 Keenan Grant:  Response Systems in the Education Classroom: Using Technology to Actively Assess Learning in Process, $2,690.
  • 2007-2008 Keenan Grant: Using Literature to Engage Students in Conversations about Teaching, $610
  • Artwork has been on display in the St. Bonaventure Quick Center Gallery and the Yale University library
Teaching Philosophy

It is my belief that my role in the classroom is to guide my students toward success. The field of education is ever-changing so it is as important that students learn “how to learn” as it is for them to learn the skills necessary to become effect teachers.

I believe in an active, engaged classroom where learning happens through lecture, projects, discussion, group and individual work. I also believe in assessing students through a variety of methods including papers, projects, participation, exams and quizzes, group and individual work, because no one assessment can tell me everything there is to know about student success in the classroom.

Current Research Interests/Projects Pursuing a Ph.D. in reading at SUNY Buffalo; current research involves theory and language
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