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: 8 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Choose one of the following Concentrations:

  • ESL Concentration Courses: 32 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

*Individuals seeking both bilingual and ESL endorsements on the Professional Educator License (PEL) must complete one additional course to qualify for both endorsements and must take both: 

To be eligible for the bilingual endorsement, individuals also complete the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Target Language Proficiency (TLP) test in the non-English language.

Advanced Standing Courses: 40 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

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 95 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) – assesses knowledge of teaching planning, delivery, assessment, professionalism, and technology. Test is required to be licensed; recommended that it be taken before Student Teaching.
  • EdTPA - assessment conducted during the student teaching experience including video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning and reflective commentaries. Students will submit an electronic portfolio to an outside agency for independent evaluation and a fee will be imposed by that agency as part of the assessment.

Non-Licensure Option

Individuals that do not desire a license or are not eligible for a license can seek to earn the degree without meeting licensure requirements.  In seeking this option, individuals understand that the following stipulations apply:

  • Confirmation must be given by the individual in writing that they seek this option and agree to the stipulations.
  • A notation is placed on the transcript indicating that “completion of degree requirements did not lead to eligibility for licensure.”
  • Individuals have the option to return to the program within 1-2 years to complete student teaching and other licensure requirements and become eligible for the license (however, the transcript notation will remain).  This may require additional coursework or other requirements.
  • Individual must complete requirements for licensure (including any relevant tests) at the time of licensure application.
  • Coursework is chosen in consultation with faculty advisor and is based on individual’s prior coursework, experience, and interests and is individually tailored.
  • All coursework must be taken at DePaul; no transfer credit is allowed for substitutions.
  • Individuals must complete the specified coursework within 2 years or be subject to re-evaluation.
  • A minimum of 3 courses (12 credit hours) are required to substitute for the student teaching experience.  Coursework must be 200-300 level and receive a grade of C or better.

Developmental Therapy Option

These course will prepare early childhood teacher candidates for a career requiring expertise in early intervention for infants and toddlers (from birth to age three) with special needs and their families.  The coursework can be taken in additional to degree requirements, or if seeking the non-licensure option, can be taken to replace student teaching.  After taking the required courses and earning the degree, individuals will be required to take a training workshop on the State of Illinois system of Early Intervention and apply directly to Provider Connections to receive their credentials after submitting their transcripts.