Early Childhood Education

David Brown
311 Education Building
1310 South Sixth
Champaign, IL 61820
PH: (217) 244-8286

For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

Curriculum Preparatory to Early Childhood School Teaching

This program focuses on preparing teachers for preschool, kindergarten, and the early primary grades (one through three) of the elementary school. Graduates of the program can qualify for a professional educator license in Early Childhood Education with Early Childhood Special Education approval. A minimum of 129 semester hours of credit is necessary for graduation1. Students who are admitted to Early Childhood for the fall of their junior must consult an Education adviser or the certification officer for additional information regarding time to degree.

Illinois law and Council on Teacher Education policy require that all candidates for admission to a teacher preparation program pass the Illinois Licensure Testing System Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) prior to admission. The Illinois State Board of Education has determined the ACT Plus Writing/SAT scores can be used in lieu of a passing score on the Test of Academic Proficiency (formerly known as the Illinois Test of Basic Skills). See information on the details.

Students pursuing teacher licensure programs in the College of Education (COE) must meet requirements in a series of sequential gateways. Included in the gateway requirements are successful completion of specified coursework, achievement of appropriate grade point averages, requirements for clinical experiences, and appropriate tests for the licensure area. Meeting all Gateway requirements leads to degree and licensure completion. 

In order to be recommended for licensure, candidates are required to maintain University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, cumulative, content area, and professional education grade point averages of 2.5 (A=4.0). Grades in courses of C- or lower may not be used for State of Illinois licensure, endorsements, or approvals. Candidates should consult their adviser or the Council on Teacher Education for the list of courses used to compute these grade point averages. For teacher education licensure requirements applicable to all curricula, see the Council on Teacher Education.  

Licensure requirements are subject to change without notice as a result of new mandates from the Illinois State Board of Education or the Illinois General Assembly.

Degree Requirements

EDUC 101Education Orientation Seminar1

 The following degree requirements also meet general education course requirements and must be selected from the campus general education course list. (A list of courses approved for the laboratory, literature, speech performance, and health/physical development requirements may be found here.)

Communication Skills
Composition I and a speech performance elective, or CMN 111 and CMN 112 26-7
Advanced Composition0-3
Mathematics/Science 3
Life Science6-8
Physical science (mathematics not acceptable)6-8
Quantitative Reasoning I3
MATH 103Theory of Arithmetic4
Humanities 4
Literature 26
MUS 130Introd to the Art of Music3
or MUS 133 Introduction to World Music
ART 140Introduction to Art3
Language other than English
Three years of one language other than English in high school or completion of the third semester of college-level language.0-12
American History 5
Select one of the following:3-4
US Hist to 1877-ACP
US Hist to 1877
US Hist Since 1877
US Hist Since 1877-ACP
United States History to 1815
Nineteenth Century America
Twentieth Century America
Social Sciences 4
Select one of the following:4
Intro Psych
Intro Experimental Psych
Psych Introduction
PS 101Intro to US Gov & Pol3
Social and behavioral science elective3-4
Health and/or Physical Development
Health and/or Physical Development 22
Elective Courses (if needed to complete the 129 hour graduation requirement)0-4
Areas of Concentration 4
Additional study in one academic discipline selected from the categories of mathematics, science, social science, or humanities. At least 9 of the 18 hours required must be 200-level or above. Consult an advisor for the list of approved disciplines.18
Professional Education
ART 201Art in Early Childhood2
CI 420Found of Early Childhood Educ3 OR 5
CI 421Prin & Prac in Early Childhood3
CI 442Math, Sci, Tech in Early Child5
CI 444Social Stud Early Childhood Ed2
CI 465Lang Literacy in EC Educ I3
CI 466Lang Literacy in EC Educ II2
CI 468Children's Lit for EC Edu2
CI 422Families, Communities, Schools3
or SPED 438 Collaborating with Families
EDPR 250School & Community Experiences1
EDPR 420Ed Prac Students with Sp Needs2
EDPR 432Ed Prac in EC & ELED4
EDPR 438Educational Practice in Special Fields2
EPSY 201Educational Psychology3
EPSY 401Child Language and Education3
EPS 201Foundations of Education3-4
or EPS 202 Foundations of Education-ACP
MUS 345Mus Methods in Early Childhood2
SPED 414Assessment in ECSE3
SPED 450Introduction to ECSE2
SPED 465Curriculum and Methods in ECSE3
Total minimum hours including general education and professional education credits: 7129

 Six hours of ROTC upper level courses (300 level or above) can count toward the degree as free electives.


 Courses must be selected from approved College of Education course list. 


 At least one science course must be a laboratory course and selected from the approved College of Education course list. The remaining life science and physical science courses are degree requirements which must be selected from the campus approved general education list.


 At least one 3-semester-hour course in humanities, electives, or the area of concentration must be taken in non-Western or US Minority cultures.


 American History courses satisfy the Cultural Studies: Western/Comparative Cultures requirement.


 See advisor for list of approved concentrations.


 The total hours required for the degree may be higher for students who do not complete the language other than English requirement in high school.