Early Childhood Education

For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education


Department: Curriculum and Instruction

Interim Head of Department: Sarah McCarthey
311 Education Building, 1310 South Sixth, Champaign, (217) 244-8286

Curriculum Preparatory to Early Childhood School Teaching

This program prepares student candidates to teach birth to grade 2.  A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is necessary for graduation1.

State law mandates passing the Illinois Licensure Testing System Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) prior to student teaching. 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). Candidates in teaching licensure programs must maintain a C or better in ALL content and professional education coursework. 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.

This is a Gateways to Opportunity approved program.

Degree Requirements

Orientation Seminar
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.

Composition I
Composition I4-6
Advanced Composition
Advanced Composition3-4
Natural Sciences and Technology 1
Life Science3-4
Physical Science3-4
Earth and Space Science 23-4
Cultural Studies 3
Western/Comparative Cultures3-4
U.S. Minority Cultures3-4
Social and Behavioral Sciences 4
Social & Behavioral Sciences6-8
Quantitative Reasoning
Quantitative Reasoning I3-5
Quantitative Reasoning II3-4
Humanities and the Arts 5
Humanities & the Arts6
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
Elective Courses (if needed to complete the 120 hour graduation requirement)0-6
Professional Education
ART 201Art in Early Childhood2
CI 415Language Varieties, Cultures and Learning3
CI 420Foundations of Early Childhood Education5
CI 421Prin & Prac in Early Childhood3
CI 422Families, Communities, Schools3
CI 424Child Development & Technology3
CI 443Mathematics in Early Childhood Education (Mathematics in Early Childhood)3
CI 445Science and Social Studies Inquiry (Science and Social Studies Inquiry)3
CI 465Language Literacy in Early Childhood Education I3
CI 466Language Literacy in Early Childhood Education II3
EDPR 420Ed Prac Students with Sp Needs4
EDPR 432Ed Prac in EC & ELED12
EDUC 201
EDUC 202
Identity and Difference in Education
and Social Justice, School & Society
EPSY 201Educational Psychology 53
EPSY 401Child Language and Education3
HDFS 301Infancy & Early Childhood4
MUS 345Mus Methods in Early Childhood2
SPED 414Assessment in ECSE3
SPED 450Introduction to ECSE2
SPED 465Curriculum and Methods in ECSE3
Total minimum hours for degree 6120