Program in Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education Program offers courses of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. The major in Early Childhood Education includes 49 credit hours of required courses.

In completing the undergraduate major in Early Childhood Education, students will become knowledgeable of the diverse philosophies and models of early childhood curricula, identify the instructional needs of children in multicultural groups and of exceptional children mainstreamed into the regular classrooms; acquire skill in designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood and primary programs in all subject matter areas; become knowledgeable of the role of informal and formal instruction in the child’s acquisition and development of literacy skills; acquire skill in using diagnostic and assessment techniques for evaluation as a basis for curriculum planning; and develop competence in utilizing positive classroom management procedures.

General Education - Distributive Learning Requirements

General Education Distribution Area Cr. Hrs.
Fine Arts (FA)*
2 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: Art, CMT (Mass Media or Theatre), Music (includes Dance).
6
Humanities (HU)*
3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: CMT (Communication), English, Linguistics. Philosophy, Women's and Gender Studies, World Languages and Cultures, (Note: No more than two foreign language courses may be used to fulfill this requirement.)
9

Behavioral/Social Sciences (SB)*

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: African & African American Studies, Anthropology, Computer Science, Economics, Geography & Environmental Studies, History, Justice Studies, Latino & Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work

9

Natural Sciences (NS and NSL)**

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study; one course must have a laboratory component (NSL): Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics (Note: If an FYE ANTH that counts as Natural Science is taken, only one Biology course may be used for Natural Science).

9

Math/Quantitative Reasoning (MA)

1 Math course, that has intermediate Algebra as prerequisite OR is a course listed on the General Education Distributive Learning List of Approved Courses. Any 3 hour college level math course, beyond Intermediate Algebra, meets this requirement.

At least 3
*

Majors in Fine Arts, Humanities or Social/Behavioral Sciences, may waive up to 6 credit hours of General Education requirements in the corresponding distribution area.

**

 Majors in Natural Sciences may waive up to 9 credit hours of General Education requirements in the Natural Sciences distribution area.

 

Students should also be aware of all other university requirements to obtain a degree - NEIU requirements

Major in Early Childhood Education for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

Required Professional Sequence Courses:

NOTE: Students are expected to complete courses in one Block before moving into the next.  However, if only one course is remaining in a current Block, students can be permitted to move ahead into the next Block, as long as the remaining course is not a clinical experience course.

Eligibility for Student Teaching:

  1. Students must complete all the specified requirements and pass the ILTS Content Area test to be eligible for student teaching.
  2. In order to be authorized for student teaching, students must meet with the program advisor for an academic record review.
  3. To qualify for student teaching, student must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in the Professional Sequence.
  4. No required professional education course may be taken more than twice to achieve an acceptable grade.
  5. To be entitled for licensure by the State of Illinois, a student must earn a grade of B or better in clinical courses and in student teaching
BLOCK I
EDFN-302Philosophical And Historical Foundations Of Early Childhood Education3
EDFN-303Early Childhood Development3
Students must be accepted into the College of Education before they may continue to Block II. 1
BLOCK II
ECED-301Curriculum And Instruction In Early Childhood Education3
ECED-328IClinical Experiences In Early Childhood/Infants And Toddlers 21
ECED-313Writing Intensive Program: Language Development And Educational Implications3
SPED-382Strategies For Differentiating Instruction For Students With Exceptional Learning Needs3
ECED-328SPracticum In Early Childhood With Special Education 21
Students are encouraged to take SPED-382 and ECED-328S concurrently.
ECED-316Child, Family And Community3
ECED 316 will be offered in Summer IA only - after Block II and prior to Block IV
BLOCK III
ECED-306Methods Of Teaching Reading In Early Childhood3
ECED-328MClinical Experiences In Early Childhood Educ/Kindergarten & Primary Grades/Multicultural Emphasis 21
ECED-338Developmental Assessment Of Young Children3
BLBC-340Teaching English Learners In Diverse Classrooms3
BLOCK IV
Take and pass ILTS Content-Area Test.
ECED-325Children's Literature Across The Curriculum3
ECED-328TClinical Experiences In Early Childhood Educ:Preschool-Kindergarten & Primary/Technology Emphasis 21
ECED-352Methods Of Teaching Language Arts, Music And Art In Early Childhood3
ECED-355Methods Of Teaching Mathematics, Science And Social Studies In Early Childhood3
ECED 352 and ECED 355 Must be taken concurrently
BLOCK V
ECED-329Student Teaching In Early Childhood 39
Total Hours49
1

Consult with program advisor and see College of Education admission requirements. 

2

See Clinical Experiences and Student Teaching section for application procedures

3

Student Teaching In Early Childhood - Consult with the edTPA Coordinator for Licensure Requirements.

NOTE: Students must be admitted to the College of Education prior to registration for professional sequence courses, beginning BLOCK II. Students must also maintain a 2.75 grade point average in the major. Professional courses may not be taken more than twice to achieve an acceptable grade.

To request placement for student teaching, students must register in the Office of Clinical Experiences and Student Teaching. In order to be authorized for Student Teaching, students must meet with the program Advisor for an academic record review.

To qualify for Student Teaching, students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in the Professional Sequence and have passed the ILTS content-area test.

Minor Area of Study

Minor Subject Area/area of concentration – 18 credit Hours minimum

Students may select and declare a minor or an area of concentration offered at NEIU. Students who declare a minor must meet the requirements of the department in which the minor is housed, completing at least 18 credit hours, 9 of which must be at the 300 level.  Students who choose to complete an area of concentration must complete a total of 18 credit hours in the area, 9 of which must be at the 300 level.

ECED Program Exit Requirements for Degree Completion

  • Successful completion of Block 1 through Block 5 Courses
  • Minimum required credit hours for degree completion:  120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.75

eced Program Exit Requirements for Program completion/entitlement

  • Successful completion of exit requirements for the B.A. Degree
  • Evidence of passing score on edTPA

Note: Currently, the ISBE requires licensure candidates to pass the APT exam. This regulation is in the process of being changed.  Please check with your advisor or the department chair about the status of the APT exam.

In addition to the professional education courses outlined above, students must complete specific general education course work as described below.

Fine Arts (6 credit hours)6
Any Music or Dance Course
Humanities (9 credit hours)9
Select one of the following:
The World Of Poetry
The World Of Drama
The World Of Fiction
Choose from Limited List in: English, Foreign Language, Linguistics, Philosophy
Behavioral and Social Science (12 credit hours)12
PSCI-216American National Government3
United States History 1607-1877
United States History 1877-Present
Select one of the following:3
World History: East Asia (Non-Western/Third World)
World History: Latin America
World History: Africa
World History: Islam
OR
Introduction To Cultural Anthropology (Non-Western/Third World)
Elective (Chosen from Limited List)3
Biological & Physical Sciences (12 credit hours)12
Coursework must include Biological & Physical Science (include one lab course)
ENGL-101
ENGL-102
Writing I
and Writing II 1
6
Select one of the following:3
Public Speaking 1
Voice and Diction 1
HLED-107Health For Effective Living2
College-level Mathematics Course (approved by ECED advisor). 1
College Mathematics II 1
Physical Education Elective1
Elective from Language Arts, Science, Social Science, Humanities and/or Psychology 2
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation120
1

 Students must receive a grade of "C'' or higher.

2

Language Arts: Coursework in oral and written expression, grammar, spelling, handwriting, literature for children, and other literature as is commonly found in the course of study in the elementary schools, excluding professional education coursework. Consult your advisor prior to taking coursework to fulfill this elective requirement.

It is recommended to consult with your advisor at least once each semester.

This sample curricular map is provided to guide you in the planning of your progression for this major.  This guide should not replace regular consultations with your program advisor. For specific recommendations of courses not identified, please consult your program advisor.

First Year
Term 1Hours
ENGL-101Writing I3
CMTC-101 or 202Public Speaking3
Fine Arts course3
Non-Western/Third World course3
 Term Hours12
Term 2
ENGL-102Writing II3
HIST-214 or 215United States History 1607-18773
1 elective - Social Behavioral Sciences3
1 Music or Dance class3
Any Gen. Ed. Approved Course3
 Term Hours15
Second Year
Term 1
EDFN-302Philosophical And Historical Foundations Of Early Childhood Education3
ENGL-201 or ENGL-202 or ENGL-2033
1 Phys Ed Course1
BIO-100Introduction To Biology3
2 Courses Area of Concentration6
 Term Hours16
Term 2
PSCI-216American National Government3
EDFN-303Early Childhood Development3
1 Humanities course3
Any Natural Science Course3
2 Courses Area of Concentration6
 Term Hours18
Third Year
Term 1
ECED-313Writing Intensive Program: Language Development And Educational Implications3
ECED-301Curriculum And Instruction In Early Childhood Education3
ECED-328IClinical Experiences In Early Childhood/Infants And Toddlers1
ECED-328SPracticum In Early Childhood With Special Education1
SPED-382Strategies For Differentiating Instruction For Students With Exceptional Learning Needs3
2 Courses from Area of Concentration6
 Term Hours17
Term 2
ECED-306Methods Of Teaching Reading In Early Childhood3
ECED-328MClinical Experiences In Early Childhood Educ/Kindergarten Primary Grades/Multicultural Emphasis1
BLBC-340Teaching English Learners In Diverse Classrooms3
1 Course from Area of Concentration3
ECED-338Developmental Assessment Of Young Children3
HLED-107Health For Effective Living2
 Term Hours15
Term 3
ECED-316Child, Family And Community3
ECED ELECTIVE OFFERED SUMMER TERM ONLY 
 Term Hours3
Fourth Year
Term 1
ECED-325Children's Literature Across The Curriculum3
ECED-352Methods Of Teaching Language Arts, Music And Art In Early Childhood3
ECED-355Methods Of Teaching Mathematics, Science And Social Studies In Early Childhood3
ECED-328TClinical Experiences In Early Childhood Educ:Preschool-Kindergarten Primary/Technology Emphasis1
2 Courses from Area of Concentration6
 Term Hours16
Term 2
ECED-329Student Teaching In Early Childhood9
 Term Hours9
 Total Hours: 121