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Early Childhood Education

“Education should no longer be mostly imparting of knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentialities.”
- Maria Montessori

The Early Childhood Education program prepares individuals to work with children from birth through grade three.  The goal of the program is to develop reflective, problem-solving and decision-making professionals.  The College of Education also prepares early childhood educators to be strong mentors for today’s youth, to promote the joy of learning, to make a difference in children’s lives, and to participate in the restructuring of education in the 21st century. 

This program of study leads to the Illinois Professional Educator License and the Early Childhood Endorsement (birth-grade two).  With one additional course, teacher candidates may also earn the Early Childhood Special Education Approval.  Teacher candidates also complete the coursework for the Bilingual/ESL endorsement, which is required for Early Childhood teachers working in settings with English language learners.


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