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Early Childhood Education Program


The undergraduate Early Childhood Education Program prepares candidates to work with children from Birth through Grade 2. Completion of the program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and prepares candidates to obtain an Illinois Professional Educators License with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education, ESL and an Early Childhood Special Education Letter of Approval. The Early Childhood Education Program consists of general education and professional education courses that address requirements for graduation and the State of Illinois requirements for licensure.

Early Childhood Education candidates will be concurrently enrolled in professional education coursework and field/practicum experiences designed to reinforce concepts and skills learned in the university classroom. The field/practicum experience blocks are designed to provide opportunities for candidates to apply course concepts in authentic environments. Required activities and assignments provide candidates with the opportunity to connect theory and practice, and prepare candidates for daily classroom responsibilities.

Early Childhood Education teacher candidates will observe and participate in a wide range of in-classroom teaching experiences in order to develop the skills and confidence necessary to be an effective teacher. The Early Childhood Education student teaching/clinical practice experiences have been designed as a serious apprenticeship that requires teacher candidates to spend a one academic year inside schools working alongside veteran Early Childhood educators.

University General Education and Illinois State Board of Education Coursework Requirements


Level I Courses

  • TRANS 100: Transitions (1)
  • FYS 175: First-Year Seminar (3)
  • PHIL 140: The Examined Life (3)
  • ENGL 120: Rhetoric and Writing (3)
  • COMM 101: Speech Fundamentals (3)
  • Mathematics (1 course) (3)

Level II Courses

  • 2 Natural Science courses (6)
    • Life Science
    • Physical Science
  • 2 Social Science courses (6)
    • 2 different disciplines
  • 2 History courses (6)
  • 2 courses in Art, Humanities, Literature, Music
    • 2 different disciplines (6)
  • 1 200 or 300 level Philosophy course (in addition to PHIL 140 or PHIL 150) (3)
  • 2 Religious Studies courses (6)

Level III Global and Diversity Studies Course Requirements

  • 2 courses in Diversity Studies (6)
  • 2 courses in Global Studies/Foreign Languages (6)

Note: Students complete the two-course requirement in diversity studies and the two-course requirement in global studies while completing either program requirements in their major or general education requirements in Level II. General education requirements in global studies and diversity studies should not add additional hours in the general education program.

The Illinois State Board of Education requires the following subject-specific content coursework for a Professional Educator License with an Early Childhood Education endorsement. These courses also fulfill many of the general education requirements listed above.

  • POLSCI 101: Introduction to US Government (3)
  • HIST 102: World History Since 1500 (3)
  • SOCSCI 101: World Geography (3)
  • HIST 190: Economic Development in U.S. History
  • BIOL 101: Principles and Methods of Biology (3)
  • PHSCI 201: Physical Science for Teachers (3)
  • PHSCI 202: Earth and Space Science for Educators (3)
  • MATH 112: College Algebra (3)

8-Semester Course of Study

Freshman I (16 credits)

  • EDU 103: Professional Educators Seminar I (0)
  • TRANS 100: Transitions (1)
  • RELST 175: (3)
  • ENGL 120: Rhetoric and Writing (3)
  • PHIL 140: The Examined Life (3)
  • POLSCI 101: Intro to US Government (3)
  • Fine Arts Elective (3)

Freshman II (18 credits)

  • EDU 104: Professional Educators Seminar II (0)
  • MATH 112: College Algebra (3)
  • COMM 101: Speech Fundamentals (3)
  • Philosophy Elective (200+) (3)
  • Literature Elective (Global Studies) (3)
  • Religious Studies Elective (Global Studies) (3)
  • BIOL 101: Principles and Methods of Biology (3)

Sophomore I (16 credits)

  • EDU 105: Professional Educators Seminar III (0)
  • EDU 363: Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL and Bilingual Education (3)
  • EDU 323: Survey of Students with Exceptionalities (3)
  • MATH 121: Math for Teachers I (3)
  • PHSCI 201: Physical Science for Teachers (4)
  • SOCSCI 101: World Geography (3)

Sophomore II (18 credits)

  • EDU 201: Early Childhood Mentoring/edTPA Seminar I - Hybrid (2)
  • EDU 364: Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language (3)
  • EDU 210: Physical, Psychosocial and Cognitive Development Infants and Toddlers (2)
  • EDU 211: Infants and Toddlers Environments, Programs and Activities (2)
  • EDU 212: Foundations of Early Childhood Education (2)
  • MATH 122: Math for Teachers II (3)
  • PHSCI 202: Earth and Space Science for Educators (3)
  • EDUL 212: Sophomore II Field Experience Block (1)

Sophomore Summer (3 credits)

  • EDU 367 Linguistics for Educators (3)

Junior I (17 credits)

  • EDU 203: Early Childhood Mentoring/edTPA Seminar II - Hybrid (2)
  • EDUL 200: Education Orientation (0)
  • EDU 251: Physical, Psychosocial and Cognitive Development PreK-Grade 2 (2)
  • EDU 252: Inquiry and Play in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • EDU 253: Integrated Curriculum and Methods in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • EDU 254: Emergent Literacy and Language Development (3)
  • HIST 190: Economic Development in U.S. History (3)
  • EDUL 222: Junior I Field Experience Block # 1 (.5)
  • EDUL 223: Junior I Field Experience Block # 2 (.5)

Junior II (18 credits)

  • EDU 204: Early Childhood Mentoring/edTPA Seminar III - Hybrid (2)
  • EDU 303: Foundations, Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Literacy K-2 (3)
  • EDU 304: Foundations, Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Mathematics K-2 (3)
  • EDU 305: Foundations, Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Science K-2 (2)
  • EDU 306: Foundations, Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Social Science K-2 (2)
  • EDU 307: Methods of Teaching Young Children with Special Needs (2)
  • EDU 366: Methods and Materials for Teaching English in a Bilingual Program (3)
  • EDUL 232: Junior II Field Experience Block # 1 (.5)
  • EDUL 233: Junior II Field Experience Block # 2 (.5)

Junior Summer (3 credits)

  • EDU 368: Assessment of Bilingual Students 3

Senior I (17 credits)

  • EDU 365: Cross-Cultural Studies in Bilingual Programs (3)
  • EDU 311: Assessment of Typically and Atypically Developing Young Children (2)
  • EDU 309: Child, Family and Multicultural Community (2)
  • EDU 390: Student Teaching I (4)
  • EDU 395: edTPA/Student Teaching Seminar I (3)
  • HIST 102: World History Since 1500 (3)

Senior II (12 credits)

  • EDU 396: Student Teaching II (9)
  • EDU 398: Student Teaching Seminar II (3)

Requirements in this program are subject to change within the time span of one's University career due to changing requirements at national, state and local levels.