The Educational Studies major prepares students for a variety of roles in child care agencies, schools, and community organizations. The curriculum develops core competencies with respect to child growth and development; health, safety, and well being; meeting the needs of diverse learners; and professional dispositions.
The Educational Studies major does not result in teacher licensure, but graduates of the Early Child Care and Education concentration can get jobs as teachers and teacher assistants in private pre-kindergarten settings and Head Start classrooms; as administrators of Early Childhood programs and as administrative staff in child advocacy organizations. Graduates of the Youth Development and Education concentration can get jobs as paraprofessionals in public and private schools, as teachers in after-school programs and as administrative staff in public and private agencies serving school-age and older children.
Six core courses (18 semester hours) define the Educational Studies major, all of which are eligible for transfer credit. All courses in the major must be passed with grades of C or higher to earn the degree. A total of 48 semester hours are required in the major, and 120 semester hours for the degree. The general education courses required by the College of Arts and Sciences must be completed in order to earn this degree.
The Educational Studies major offers concentrations in Early Care and Education and Youth Development and Education.
Successful completion of the Youth Development and Education concentration entitles students to a paraprofessional educator endorsement on an Illinois Educator License with Stipulations. Individuals with this license and endorsement may provide instructional support in any school that includes programs supported by Title 1, Part A funds. No exams are required for this license and endorsement, but an application must be submitted to the State of Illinois.
Successful completion of the Early Care and Education concentration entitles students to the Level 5 ECE Credential, a state recognized employment credential that signals substantial training, education, and experience with respect to children birth through age 8. No exams are required for this credential, but an application must be submitted to Gateways for Opportunity, a support system for Illinois early care and education professionals. The Level 5 Credential is not a teaching license, but may be used to obtain employment in child care settings.
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