Course Requirements 

Pre-Education Courses

Theory & Practice Introductory Core: 18 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Health and Nutrition: 4 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Pre-Education Core: 12 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Bilingual/ESL Concentration Courses: 28 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Advanced Standing Courses: 36 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Open Electives: 4 quarter hours required

Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.  The following cannot be used to fulfill an open elective: WRD 98, MAT 94, and MAT 95.  

Student Teaching: 12 quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required

Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures indicated in the college core section.  EDU 095 indicates to the Illinois State Board of Education that all field experience hours are complete.  All students also take ECE 387, Capstone Seminar with student teaching (listed in the Liberal Studies section) during the Autumn, Winter or Spring quarters.  Early Childhood students complete 6 weeks in a preschool classroom and 6 weeks in a primary classroom

Licensure Tests

All individuals licensed  by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license.  Early Childhood majors must complete the following tests:
 
  • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (test #400) - assesses knowledge of reading comprehension, language arts, writing, and math.  Test is required to qualify for Advanced Standing. *Check with your advisor about qualifying for a waiver with acceptable ACT or SAT tests.
  • Early Childhood Content Area Test (test #107) – assesses knowledge of the content of what is taught at the early childhood level including language and literacy development, learning across the curriculum, diversity, collaboration, and professionalism in the early childhood program.  Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply).
  • Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) (test #101, grades 0-3) – assesses knowledge of teaching planning, delivery, assessment, professionalism, and technology.  Test is required to be licensed; recommended that it be taken before Student Teaching.

ECE 91

CLINICAL EXPERIENCES WITH INFANTS AND TODDLERS

(1 credit) Candidates will observe and interact with infants and toddlers (25 clock hours) and attend a weekly seminar in which they will be required to reflect on their experiences in relation to the development and learning processes in infants and toddlers. Appropriate early childhood assessment and intervention methodologies will be emphasized. COREQUISITE: ECE 290.

ECE 92

CLINICAL EXPERIENCES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

(1 credit) Candidates will observe and interact with young children and their families in family training programs, family conferences and home visits will be included in the options.(25 clock hours). COREQUISITE: ECE 302.

EDU 25

BASIC TECHNOLOGY LITERACY

(0 Credit) This online course provides students with a knowledge about assembling, using, and troubleshooting basic technology hardware and software. In this course, students demonstrate understanding of basic computer setup and the use of peripheral devices such as printers, speakers, flash drives, scanners, digital cameras, videos, and computer software.

ECE 93

CLINICAL EXPERIENCES WITH PRE-SCHOOLERS

(1 credit) Candidates will observe and interact with preschool age children (25 clock hours) and attend a weekly seminar in which they will be required to reflect on their experiences in relation to the development and learning processes in preschool age children. Appropriate early childhood assessment and instructional methodologies will be emphasized. COREQUISITE: ECE 310.
Prerequisites:
Advanced Teacher Candidate Standing is a prerequisite for this class.

ECE 94

CLINICAL EXPERIENCES IN PRIMARY GRADES

(1 credit) Candidates will observe and interact with primary age children (25 clock hours) and attend a weekly seminar in which they are required to reflect on their experiences in relation to the development and learning processes in the primary years. Appropriate assessment and instructional methodologies for children in the primary grades will be emphasized. COREQUISITE: ECE 311.
Prerequisites:
Advanced Teacher Candidate Standing is a prerequisite for this class.

ECE 384

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CAPSTONE

The senior capstone course is designed to help Candidates integrate the central emphases of their liberal learning studies curriculum with their professional behavior. It will provide prospective early childhood educators with opportunities to engage in activities requiring them to be reflective, to consider value commitments, to use critical and creative thinking, and to examine their practice from a multicultural perspective as they discuss issues specific to early childhood education. Candidates will develop a professional portfolio that reflects the standards of the various guiding professional organizations. The course is grounded in the School of Education's framework for an Urban Professional Multicultural Educator, which also reflects the goals of the Liberal Studies program. This course is taken before student teaching.
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