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Childhood and Special Education

If you love children and see yourself working with those with different learning abilities and special needs, a career in childhood and special education is an excellent choice. Special education teachers are always in high demand and the job outlook continues to be promising over the next decade, with steady employment growth projected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Ignite your future in the childhood and special education program at St. Thomas Aquinas College. This dual-certification program prepares future teachers to create inclusive learning environments where all students can grow and flourish. Our faculty has extensive experience in teaching and research, and is committed to your success. Guided by caring mentors, you will discover how children with unique and specialized needs learn and build a portfolio of effective instructional strategies in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies to help your future students succeed.

At a glance

  • Undergraduate major
  • BS Ed.
  • 4 years
  • Main campus

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Ignite Your Career With Experiential Learning

Our program offers many opportunities to gain hours of valuable experience working with students in the classroom setting. The School of Education partners closely with local districts, opening a gateway for field experiences, internships, supervised student teaching, and employment opportunities upon graduation.

Career Preparation & Mentoring

St. Thomas Aquinas College was founded as a teacher’s college. We have a long legacy of preparing knowledgeable, caring educators who are passionate about learning, teaching, and making a difference in the world, one student at a time. 

Our faculty of experts are set on your success. We will guide you through your college years so you can achieve your full potential and enjoy a rewarding, meaningful career in childhood and special education.

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Career Options

A degree in childhood and special education will prepare you to earn your teaching certification in any state and to excel in a graduate program and in your career. Our students intern and find full-time employment at many school districts and education systems throughout New York and New Jersey, including:

  • Clarkstown Central School District
  • Cornwall Central School District
  • East Ramapo Central School District
  • Goshen Central School District
  • Livingston Township School District
  • Mahwah Township School District
  • Nanuet Union Free School District
  • North Rockland Central School District
  • Nyack School District
  • Pearl River School District
  • South Orangetown Central School District
  • Suffern Central School District
  • Tuckahoe Union Free School District
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Program options

The BS Ed. in Childhood & Special Education will prepare you to excel on teaching certification examinations and to succeed in your career as an educator in the 21st century. Guided by experts in all facets of the field, you will gain the skills, knowledge, and experience to teach effectively and to inspire your students to achieve their full potential.

Many students who earn a bachelor’s degree in childhood and special education at St. Thomas Aquinas College advance into one of our specialized master’s programs. Realize your goals in the program that best matches your career interests: MSED in Literacy Education; MSED in Special Education; or MSED in Special Education with an Autism Specialization.