Early Childhood Education
|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.
|EDUC 101||Education Orientation Seminar||1|
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.)
|Composition I and a speech performance elective, or CMN 111 and CMN 112 2||6-7|
|Physical science (mathematics not acceptable)||6-8|
|Quantitative Reasoning I||3|
|MATH 103||Theory of Arithmetic||4|
|MUS 130||Introd to the Art of Music||3|
|or MUS 133||Introduction to World Music|
|ART 140||Introduction to Art||3|
|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 Experimental Psych|
|PS 101||Intro to US Gov & Pol||3|
|Social and behavioral science elective||3-4|
|Health and/or Physical Development|
|Health and/or Physical Development 2||2|
|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|
|ART 201||Art in Early Childhood||2|
|CI 420||Found of Early Childhood Educ||3 OR 5|
|CI 421||Prin & Prac in Early Childhood||3|
|CI 442||Math, Sci, Tech in Early Child||5|
|CI 444||Social Stud Early Childhood Ed||2|
|CI 465||Lang Literacy in EC Educ I||3|
|CI 466||Lang Literacy in EC Educ II||2|
|CI 468||Children's Lit for EC Edu||2|
|CI 422||Families, Communities, Schools||3|
|or SPED 438||Collaborating with Families|
|EDPR 250||School & Community Experiences||1|
|EDPR 420||Ed Prac Students with Sp Needs||2|
|EDPR 432||Ed Prac in EC & ELED||4|
|EDPR 438||Educational Practice in Special Fields||2|
|EPSY 201||Educational Psychology||3|
|EPSY 401||Child Language and Education||3|
|EPS 201||Foundations of Education||3-4|
|or EPS 202||Foundations of Education-ACP|
|MUS 345||Mus Methods in Early Childhood||2|
|SPED 414||Assessment in ECSE||3|
|SPED 450||Introduction to ECSE||2|
|SPED 465||Curriculum and Methods in ECSE||3|
|Total minimum hours including general education and professional education credits: 7||129|
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.