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Have a question for Childhood Studies? Contact us.

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

Cashing, Elizabeth

Titles/Responsibilities Lecturer
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Adolescence Education
Contact Information Office Phone: (716) 375-2366
E-Mail: ecashing@sbu.edu
Website: http://sched.sbu.edu/faculty/ecashing/ 
Office Location Plassmann Hall, B52
Courses Taught
  • EDUC 201. Introduction to Education 
  • EDUC 523. Designing and Delivering Instruction 
  • EDUC 524. Methods and Models for Special Subjects 
  • EDUC 526. Managing Instruction and Behavior 
  • READ 560. Literacy in the Content Area 
  • EDUC 588. Secondary Student Teaching: Grades 7-12 
Academic Degrees
  • M.A., Spanish, The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A., Spanish (Secondary 7–12), State University of New York at Oswego
Personal Interests/Community Involvement

Memberships/Involvement 

  • First Presbyterian Church: member, Board of Elders
  • Southern Tier Symphony: member, Board of Directors
  • Chamber Music Society of Olean: member, Board of Directors
  • Olean Theatre Workshop: member, Board of Sponsors
  • Olean Middle School Orchestra: accompanist
  • Olean City Schools: interpreter

Hobbies/Activities  

  • Skiing
  • National and international travel
Other Education
Professional Background

Middle School Spanish Teacher:

  • Olean Middle School, Olean, NY, 1985-2005
  • Jamesville-DeWitt Central Schools, Jamesville, NY, 1969-1979

 

Following a 30 year teaching career in New York state public middle schools, this adventure at St. Bonaventure University has given me a chance to give back to the communities that provided support to our family

Accomplishments
  • Effective middle schools programming and implementation
  • Staff Development workshops:
    • middle level instruction and effective strategies
    • team development
    • L.O.T.E. strategies and instruction
    • Peer mentoring
Teaching Philosophy

We are each on a journey. We seek – we discover – we adapt – we adopt. Along the way, we learn – sometimes who we are, usually more about who we’re going to be.

As a teacher, I have the privilege of sharing my journey with the youth of today who will make a difference tomorrow. My philosophical outlook in education remains flexible to accommodate change. However my energy at all times is focused on the children and young adults with whom I interact. Each one needs to be considered developmentally, intellectually, emotionally, and physically, and then encouraged to grow in an atmosphere of respect and appropriate challenge.

I believe that every person is capable of learning and one of my tasks is to differentiate instruction to address individual needs. Education should be a creative endeavor that guides minds to explore, problem solve, and grow. Maintaining a constant awareness of multicultural opportunities for myself and for those with whom I work is important to me. I encourage an environment that promotes openness and tolerance, hoping to strengthen lifelong interpersonal skills and the ability to function effectively in “community” with others.

Education occurs IN the world, not apart from it. Communication with other professionals, parents, community agencies and student interest groups is critical to progress. Each person needs to feel a part of his or her surroundings, and that is nurtured by activities that promote participation – locally and globally. We are each on a journey. My students guide my journey – what an awesome deligh

Current Research Interests/Projects
  • Brain compatible learning
  • Differentiated instruction
  • L.O.T.E. strategies and instruction
  • Look Global – Act Local
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