Overview

Early Childhood Education focuses on preparing candidates to teach birth to grade 3. Students licensed on or after September 1, 2019 will be licensed to teach birth to grade 2 per Illinois State Board of Education rule changes. Graduates of the program can qualify for a professional educator license in Early Childhood Education with Early Childhood Special Education approval. Prior to proceeding to student teaching in an Illinois Education Preparation Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, prospective candidates must take and pass an Illinois approved test of basic skills. Approved tests consist of the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), ACT or SAT with approved scores. Previously passed Illinois Test of Basic Skills (096, 300 or 400) may be used to meet this requirement.

Who should apply

Undergraduate students who want to:

  • Plan lessons that teach students subjects, such as reading and math, and skills, such as studying and communicating with others
  • Assess students to evaluate their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses
  • Work with students individually to help them overcome specific learning challenges

Programs Offered

On-Campus



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