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Childhood Education

Teaching is truly a noble calling. Imagine the difference you will make educating children through their formative years. Enriching young minds through education is one of the most important contributions to society, and to advancing future generations.

Discover your passion for teaching in the childhood education program at St. Thomas Aquinas College. Our faculty of experts will challenge you to develop the knowledge and skills to teach children in grades 1-6 through a vast array of courses and many exciting field experiences. Learn to create inclusive learning environments where diverse students will flourish, and build a complete portfolio of teaching strategies to spark your students’ curiosity in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies.

Ignite your future and set the foundations to become a certified classroom teacher in New York State. Build your credentials by earning additional licenses in early childhood or middle school education and advancing into our master’s programs in special education and literacy. Our dual-degree programs can be completed in just five years.

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 teaching students in grades 1-6.

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What Success Looks Like

“I chose to attend St. Thomas Aquinas College because I was impressed with the Education program, and I am so happy with that choice. Each one of the professors I had were eager to help me when I needed it. I felt supported in all areas, from learning content, writing lesson plans, and throughout student teaching. I have taken all of the skills that I have acquired at St. Thomas Aquinas into the classroom where I teach.”
Emily Baroletti, ’22
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Career Options

A degree in childhood education will prepare you to succeed in your graduate program of choice and for careers in these areas of education:

  • Childhood Education
  • Special Education
  • Literacy
  • Curriculum and Instruction

Our childhood education 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 BSEd. in Childhood Education will prepare you to excel on New York State 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.

Accelerate your education by choosing a dual degree program in which you can earn both your BSEd. in Childhood Education and your MSED in Literacy or Special Education in only five years.

Many students who earn a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and childhood
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: MS Ed. in Literacy Education; MS Ed. in Special Education; or MS Ed. in
Special Education with an Autism Specialization.