The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education (BAECE) is a degree offered jointly by the School for New Learning (SNL) and the College of Education (COE) at DePaul University. The program has been designed to prepare adults to work in early childhood education by obtaining licensure credentials to teach children through 3rd grade. The program is open to students age 24 or older. Students in the BAECE program take courses in both SNL and COE.
In the program, students have the opportunity to fulfill requirements through course work and experience relating to liberal arts objectives and early childhood education experience gained in the workplace. In COE, students take courses that address theories and practices of teaching young children and the skills necessary to obtain the Illinois licensure to teach children from birth to grade 3. The program offers the flexibility and individualized learning approach of SNL while focusing on the latest theory and content provided by COE.
BAECE students work with COE faculty advisors to complete all requirements for certification and student teaching experiences in preparation for careers in early childhood education. Students are placed in practicum learning environments to enhance their understanding of children's development in language, literacy, mathematics, science, and social and physical development in early childhood.
The degree is earned by completing 50 competence requirements and teaching certification requirements. Competence requirements can be met by DePaul courses or equivalent transfer courses or equivalent documented experience. All Education course grades must be C or better and course grades for SNL competences must be C- or better. COE courses are offered at DePaul's Loop and Lincoln Park campuses with some titles available online. SNL courses are available online and at the Loop, Naperville, Oak Forest, and O'Hare campuses.