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Educational Studies BA

Offered in: CHICAGO | SCHAUMBURG

The Educational Studies major prepares students to become teaching assistants or to play other supportive 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 is not a teacher preparation program and it does not result in teacher certification or licensure.

Requirements

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 54 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.

Core Courses (18 credit hours)

  EDUC 200 American Education .....3
  EDUC 210 Child Development .....3
  EDUC 303 Health for Educators .....3
  EDUC 321 Creative Arts in Education .....3
  EDUC 385 Technology in the Classroom .....3
  SPED 319 Survey of Exceptional Children .....3

Concentrations

The Educational Studies major offers concentrations in Early Care and Education and Youth Development and Education.

Concentration in Early Care and Education

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.

  ECHD 305 Assessment in Early Childhood .....3
  ECHD 309 Child, Family and Community .....3
  ECHD 311 History and Philosophy of Early Childhood Education .....3
  ECHD 332 Pre-Primary Science, Math and Social Studies Concepts .....3
  ECHD 333 Primary Science, Math and Social Studies Concepts .....3
  ECHD 334 Language Development .....3
  ECHD 337 Literacy in Early Childhood Education .....6
  ECHD 338 Early Childhood Curriculum .....3
  ECHD 375 Practicum: Infant, Toddler and Preschool .....6
  ECHD 382 Early Childhood and Special Education Methods .....3

Concentration in 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. Students who successfully complete the Youth Development and Education concentration also may qualify for a concentration in Child and Family Studies.

  ECHD 309 Child, Family and Community .....3
  ECHD 334 Language Development .....3
  EDUC 291 Issues in Metropolitan Education .....3
  EDUC 311 Adolescent Development .....3
  EDUC 313 Foundations of Middle School .....3
  PSYC 398 Field Placement with Children and Families .....3
  READ 339 Young Adult Literature .....3
  READ 363 Teaching Language and Literacy in the Content Areas -OR- READ 368 .....3
  READ 368 Foundations of Bilingual and ESL Education -OR- READ 363 .....3

Select four courses from this list:

  PSYC 215 Learning Disabilities and ADHD .....3
  PSYC 319 Child Psychopathology .....3
  PSYC 368 Child Abuse and Family Violence .....3
  PSYC 381 Children and Families .....3
  PSYC 392 Children, Psychology and the Law .....3
  SOC 321 Education and Gender .....3
  SOC 325 Education and Society .....3