Childhood Studies Curriculum & Courses

Requirements For a Bachelor of Science in Childhood Studies

This major is designed for students who are interested in child development and are working towards a career working with children and families but do not intend to become classroom teachers. The major gives students a strong background in child development and an understanding of how to work with children and families in developmentally–appropriate ways. It allows students to choose major electives that align with their career goals. Childhood Studies majors are strongly advised to complete a minor in a field that enhances their career options. Our Course Descriptions page lists all education courses. For one possible breakdown of the major by semester, see the Plan of Study.

 Requirements    Credits 
 Elementary, Early Childhood, & Special Education 30
      EDUC 201. Introduction to Teaching
      Choose one:
           EDUC 210. Human Development & Learning or
           EDUC 250. Adolescent Development & Learning
      EDUC 220. Basic Instructional Design* and Lab
      SPED 230. Introduction to Special Education
      SPED 440. Curriculum Adaptation & Instruction for Students with Special Needs
      SPED 460. Communications & Collaboration Skills for Educators*
      CHST 493. Internship in Childhood Studies
      EDUC/SPED/ECED/PHED Electives
3
3


3
3
3
3
3
9
   
 Foreign Language
 6
   
 Mathematics  6 
 Suggested:
      MATH 111. Mathematics for Elementary Education I
      MATH 112. Mathematics for Elementary Education II   

3
3
   
 History 3 
 Suggested: United States History (choose one)
     HIST 201. United States History to 1865 or
     HIST 202. United States History Since 1865
3
   
 Clare College (Core Curriculum at St. Bonaventure) † 36 
      CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
      CLAR 110. Composition & Critical Thinking I
      CLAR 111. Composition & Critical Thinking II
 Core Area Courses:
      CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World
      CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World
      CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts in the Western World
      CLAR 207. The Catholic Franciscan Heritage
      CLAR 208. World Views
      CLAR 209. Arts and Literature
      CLAR 302. Inquiry in the Natural World and CLRL 302 (Lab)
      CLAR 304. The Good Life
      CLAR 401. The University Forum
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
 4 
3
2
   
 General Electives
39
   
 TOTAL  120
* These courses involve field experiences in schools/child care settings.
† The Clare College curriculum also includes a three-credit quantitative reasoning requirement. Childhood studies majors satisfy this requirement by passing any of the courses listed in the above table under Mathematics.

Notes

This major does not lead to teacher certification.

Graduate Requirements for Childhood Studies

In order for students to graduate, all degree requirements must be completed satisfactorily. These include:

  • 2.0 GPA overall
  • Successful completion of internship in Childhood Studies, electronic portfolio and internship presentation
  • Application for graduation and degree audit (registrar)

Contact Information 
If you wish to apply to this program please contact the St. Bonaventure University Admissions Office at 1 (800) 462-5050 for admission materials. 

For more information regarding childhood studies, please contact
Dr. Nancy Casey, Chair
Plassmann Hall B48, St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
(716) 375-2141

 

Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Science in Childhood Studies

This sequence illustrates how requirements can be met in a four-year program. Changes in the sequence of the plan of study below may be desirable, but these must be made in consultation with the student's academic adviser. Click on any linked course to see its full title and description. A list of all education courses is found on our Course Descriptions page. 

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester    Credits 
CLAR 110 3 SPED 230   3
Foreign Language 3 Core Area course   3
EDUC 201 3 Foreign Language   3
Elective 3 Elective   3
CLAR 101 3 CLAR 111 
  3
Total 15 Total   15
 
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester    Credits 
MATH 111 3 SPED 440   3
EDUC 210 or 250 3 EDUC 220/220L   3
Core Area course 3 MATH 112   3
Electives 6 Core Area course   3


Electives
3
Total
15
Total
15 
 
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester    Credits   Spring Semester    Credits 
Major elective 3 CLAR 302/302L   4
Electives 9 Major elective   3
Core Area Courses 3 Core Area course   3


Electives   6
Total
15
Total   16
 
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester    Credits   Spring Semester    Credits 
Major elective 3 Elective    3
Core Area course 3 CHST 493   3
Electives 9 SPED 460   3


Core Area course   3


CLAR 401    2
Total
15
Total   14