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Educational Studies BA

Offered in: CHICAGO

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.

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 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.

Core courses (18 sh)

  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 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.

  ECHD 309 Child, Family and Community .....3
  ECHD 310 Anti-Bias & Multicultural Curriculum .....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
  READ 339 Young Adult Literature .....3
  READ 368 Foundations of Bilingual an ESL Education .....3

Select two courses from this list:

  EDUC 352 Topical Workshop .....3
  SOC 321 Education and Gender .....3
  SOC 325 Education and Society .....3
  SOCJ 201 Introduction to Social Justice .....3

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 309 Child, Family and Community .....3
  ECHD 310 Anti-Bias & Multicultural Curriculum .....3
  ECHD 332 Pre-Primary Science, Math and Social Studies Concepts .....3
  ECHD 334 Language Development .....3
  ECHD 336 Literacy in Early Childhood Education: Pre-Kindergarten .....3
  ECHD 338 Early Childhood Curriculum .....3
  ECHD 370 Infant and Toddler Classroom Teaching and Learning .....3
  ECHD 375 Practicum: Infant, Toddler and Preschool .....6
  ECHD 380 Capstone: Issues and Advocacy in Early Childhood .....3