Childhood Education (Biology), B.S.
Students who pursue a bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education from St. Francis College will get the personalized attention needed to become effective educators, and the field experience needed to become instructional leaders. SFC professors have decades of NYC school experience as both teachers and administrators, and, even in a tight teaching market, graduates of the program are landing jobs at graduation.
Our technology-rich professional studies programs incorporate theory, field experience, supported pedagogy, and a semester of full-time, supervised student teaching. Candidates accepted into the Teacher Education program prepare for Initial New York State Certification in either Childhood Education or Adolescence Education.
Underlying the focused, outcomes-driven curriculum is SFC’s robust General Education Program, which is the cornerstone of SFC and affirms its mission to graduate educated, well-rounded individuals who enter the workforce and work to change and culturally diversify the world.
PROGRAMS OF STUDY AND REQUIREMENTS
In addition to completing the General Core and prescribed pedagogical coursework, Childhood Education majors at SFC must complete a concentration in: Biology (B.S.), English (B.A.), Mathematics (B.S.), and Social Studies (B.A.).
All teacher candidates complete 300 hours of unpaid, supervised student teaching in an approved partner school specified by the Education Department. Partner schools are those with whom SFC, as the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP), has a collaborative, mutually beneficial relationship and that exemplify the following criteria:
- A desire for meaningful engagement with teacher educators to promote continuous improvement and excellence in educator preparation
- A commitment to equity, inclusion, justice, and respect for all peoples and cultures in its defining values
- A commitment to expanding both students’ perspectives and understanding of the world they live in as well as ethical and empathic decision-making
- Diversity initiatives
- The availability of technology to enhance teaching and learning
- Advocates of health, fitness, and integrated learning
- A supportive professional culture
As part of the student teaching semester, teacher candidates must also enroll in a weekly three-hour seminar.
CENTERED AROUND STUDENT SUCCESS
St. Francis College students receive the enhanced Terrier 360 system of wrap-around support from day one to after graduation. Within the robust support, students gain in-depth insight and guidance to academic, internship, and career path options via the Center for Student Success, Center for Career Exploration, and Center for Learning and Leadership.
ADDITIONAL ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES
Qualified students seeking an additional academic challenge can participate in the St. Francis Honors Program, where students participate in a series of small, intensive seminars, trips, and other activities that lead toward a senior thesis.
The College is also home to 15 national honor societies and its own Duns Scotus Honors Society which recognizes students for their academic and community achievements.
OUTCOMES DRIVEN EDUCATION
Graduates of an SFC education program come from all walks of life, with one thing in common: the desire and drive to serve their communities.
BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (BIOLOGY) | 132-138 CREDITS
The Education Department at St. Francis College prepares teachers to serve and lead in a multicultural community. Through reflective, constructive teaching, we develop our students’ capacities to become caring, competent, and qualified educators. We strive to provide a curriculum that is academically and pedagogically challenging, in a departmental environment that nurtures mutual respect, empathy and an emphasis on affirming and encouraging the best in others. Our programs reflect our deep commitment to the Franciscan ideals of service to the community, acceptance of individual differences, and caring. Our aim is to graduate student-centered practitioners who place students at the heart of their teaching.
The full curriculum can be found here.