Program in Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education Program offers a course of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. The major in Early Childhood Education consists of 48 credit hours. In addition, students are required to pursue endorsement in ESL or BLBC (18 credit hours).

Upon completing the undergraduate major in the Early Childhood Education program, students will be knowledgeable about the diverse philosophies and models of early childhood curricula. They will be able to identify the instructional needs of children in multicultural groups and of children with exceptionalities. They will acquire skills in designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood and early primary programs in all subjects. They will be knowledgeable about the role of informal and formal instruction in the child’s acquisition and development of literacy skills. They will acquire skills in using assessment techniques for evaluation as a basis for curriculum planning, and they will develop competence in utilizing positive classroom management procedures.

University Core Curriculum 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

   
Engaged Learning Experiences  

Students must complete, at Northeastern, three courses designated as Engaged Learning Experiences courses. One of the Engaged Learning Experiences courses must be at the 300-level, and one Engaged Learning Experiences course must be designated as "Boundary Crossing".

 

Discipline Specific (ELE-DS)

These courses have pre-requisites that are specific courses within a program of study. Discipline Specific courses give students a deeper understanding of how knowledge is created and applied in their field.

 

Boundary Crossing (ELE-X)

These are courses that cross disciplinary boundaries and/or cross boundaries through engagements outside the classroom or University allowing students to see how knowledge gained in one field might inform other fields or other aspects of society.

 
   

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.

 

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

Declaration of Major

In order to register for Block 2 courses, students must have declared their major and be admitted to the College of Education. Students should meet with the program advisor to plan their programs in Block 1A. Students should complete the necessary procedures to declare their major while they are enrolled in EDFN 302 (Block 1A). Only students who have declared their majors, and have a passing score on ACT plus writing or SAT and are admitted to the Goodwin College of Education will be permitted to register for Early Childhood Education Courses. An NEIU GPA of 2.5 is required to declare a major.

MINOR AREA OF STUDY

MINOR SUBJECT AREA – 18 CREDIT HOURS MINIMUM

Students are required to declare a minor in either Bilingual Bicultural Education  (BLBC), or Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and are required to pursue an endorsement in either Bilingual Education or ESL.  Please consult with the Early Childhood program advisor for more information.

PROFESSIONAL SEQUENCE WITH ADMISSION AND RETENTION REQUIREMENTS

-- Consult the program for admission requirements

  • Student must successfully complete Block 1A (EDFN 302) and Block 1B (EDFN 303) to be admitted to the GCOE and be eligible for Block 2 professional courses
Requirements:
BLOCK 1A
EDFN-302Philosophical And Historical Foundations Of Early Childhood Education3
BLOCK 1B
EDFN-303Early Childhood Development3
BLOCK 2
ECED-301Curriculum And Instruction In Early Childhood Education3
ECED-313Writing Intensive Program: Language Development And Educational Implications3
ECED-316Child, Family And Community3
ECED-328DClinical Experiences In Early Childhood Education/ Infant-Toddler1
BLOCK 3
ECED-306Methods Of Teaching Reading In Early Childhood3
ECED-338Developmental Assessment Of Young Children3
BLBC-340Teaching English Learners In Diverse Classrooms3
ECED-328EClinical Experiences In Early Childhood Education/ Preschool & Kindergarten1
ECED-355Methods Of Teaching Mathematics, Science And Social Science In Early Childhood3
BLOCK 4
ECED-325Children's Literature Across The Curriculum3
ECED-352Methods Of Teaching Language Arts, Music And Art In Early Childhood3
ECED-328FClinical Experiences In Early Childhood Education/ Special Education Emphasis1
SPED-382Strategies For Differentiating Instruction For Students With Exceptional Learning Needs3
BLOCK 5
ECED-329Student Teaching In Early Childhood9
Total Hours48

BLOCK 1A:  Complete the following in this Block:

  • Take the TAP or ACT plus writing or SAT in preparation for admission to the College of Education.
  • Attend mandatory clinical information meeting and apply for the first Clinical Experience (ECED 328D).  See clinical-experiences-and-student-teaching office information.
  • Complete the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) field experience online registration form as well as the CPS background check.
  • Complete and submit an application for admission to the College of Education.
  • Register for Block 1B (EDFN 303).

BLOCK 1B: Complete the following:

  • Complete Block 1B (EDFN 303)
  • Meet with the Early Childhood program advisor for continued guidance.
  • Complete Block 1A (EDFN-302) and Block 1B (EDFN-303) with a combined GPA of 2.5 or better. 
  • Students must be admitted to the Goodwin College of Education prior to registration for professional education courses which begin in Block 2. See the Goodwin College of Education admission requirements.

Eligibility for the first Clinical Experience in Block 2

  • In Blocks 1A and 1B or sooner, students must consult with the Early Childhood program advisor to receive guidance about their application for the first clinical experience in Block 2. 
  • Student application for admission to the GCOE is processed by staff in the GCOE Dean's Office and the application for clinical experiences and student teaching is processed by staff in the Clinical Experiences and Student Teaching (CEST) Office (LWH 4023). 
  • ​Students must be admitted to the GCOE and must have completed an application for a clinical experience in order to be placed in a school by the CEST office.
  • Students must have also completed the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) field experience online registration form as well as the CPS background check (See the requirement in Block 1A).

BLOCK 2: Complete the following:

  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and must have passed either the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or ACT plus writing
  • ECED-301 concurrently with ECED 328D (with a grade of B or better), ECED 313 and ECED 316.
  • Apply to the CEST office for the next clinical ECED 328E.

BLOCK 3: Complete the following:

  • ECED-306, ECED-338, ECED-355, BLBC-340 concurrently with ECED-328E (with a grade of B or better)
  • Apply to the CEST office for the next clinical ECED 328F.
  • Pass the ILTS Content Area test #206 (Early Childhood)
  • Apply to the CEST office for student teaching.
  • Students must also have maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a GPA of 2.75 in professional courses.

BLOCK 4: Complete the following:

  • ECED-325, ECED-352, SPED-382 concurrently with ECED-328F (with a grade of B or better)
  • Attend mandatory CEST student teaching orientation meeting.
  • Pass the ILTS Content Area test #206 (Early Childhood) if not completed in Block 3.
  • Meet with the program Advisor for an academic record review and be authorized for student teaching.
  • All of the above requirements must be met before proceeding to student teaching.

BLOCK 5: Complete the following:

  • Student teaching – ECED-329
  • edTPA in ECED-329 during Student Teaching.

LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS

In order for students to be entitled by NEIU for the Illinois Professional Educator License (early childhood-birth to 2nd grade), they must receive a “B” or better in student teaching and have passed the ILTS Content Area Test #206.  In order for students to be licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education, they must pass the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).

EXIT REQUIREMENTS FOR DEGREE COMPLETION

  • Successful completion of all NEIU General Education Requirements
  • Successful completion of Block 1 through Block 5 Courses
  • Must earn a B or better in all Clinical Experiences and Student Teaching
  • Evidence of passing ILTS Content Area test #206 (Early Childhood)
  • Successful completion of the required minor
  • Minimum credit hours for degree:  120 credit hours
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 in professional sequence courses.

In addition to the successful completion of the Early Childhood Education major and the required minor, students must complete the general education requirements for the College of Education. These requirements overlap with NEIU's General Education Requirements:

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
And choose two courses from Limited List in: English, Foreign Language, Linguistics, Philosophy
Behavioral and Social Science (12 credit hours)12
American National Government
United States History 1607-1877
United States History 1877-Present
Select one of the following:
World History: East Asia (Non-Western/Third World)
World History: Latin America
World History: Africa
World History: Islam
Introduction To Cultural Anthropology
Elective
Biological & Physical Sciences (12 credit hours)12
Coursework must include Biological, Earth and Space, & 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
Health For Effective Living
College-level Mathematics Course (approved by ECED advisor). 13
Physical Education Elective1
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

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.

In order to register for Block 2 courses. you must have declared a major and be admitted to the College of Education.

First Year
Term 1Hours
ENGL-101Writing I3
CMTC-101 or 202Public Speaking3
Math Course3
Non-Western/Third World course3
HLED-107Health For Effective Living3
 Term Hours15
Term 2
ENGL-102Writing II3
HIST-214 or 215United States History 1607-18773
1 elective - Social Behavioral Sciences3
1 Music or Dance class3
Fine Arts Course3
 Term Hours15
Term 3
Earth Science course3
 Term Hours3
Second Year
Term 1
Block 1A 
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
1 Course in Minor3
 Term Hours13
Term 2
Block 1B 
EDFN-303Early Childhood Development3
PSCI-216American National Government3
2 Humanities courses6
Any Natural Science Course3
 Term Hours15
Term 3
One Physical Science course3
 Term Hours3
Third Year
Term 1
Block 2 
ECED-301Curriculum And Instruction In Early Childhood Education3
ECED-328DClinical Experiences In Early Childhood Education/ Infant-Toddler1
ECED-313Writing Intensive Program: Language Development And Educational Implications3
ECED-316Child, Family And Community3
1 Course from Minor3
 Term Hours13
Term 2
Block 3 
ECED-306Methods Of Teaching Reading In Early Childhood3
ECED-338Developmental Assessment Of Young Children3
ECED-355Methods Of Teaching Mathematics, Science And Social Science In Early Childhood3
BLBC-340Teaching English Learners In Diverse Classrooms3
ECED-328EClinical Experiences In Early Childhood Education/ Preschool Kindergarten1
 Term Hours13
Term 3
Two courses from minor6
 Term Hours6
Fourth Year
Term 1
Block 4 
ECED-325Children's Literature Across The Curriculum3
ECED-352Methods Of Teaching Language Arts, Music And Art In Early Childhood3
SPED-382Strategies For Differentiating Instruction For Students With Exceptional Learning Needs3
ECED-328FClinical Experiences In Early Childhood Education/ Special Education Emphasis1
2 Courses from Minor6
 Term Hours16
Term 2
Block 5 
ECED-329Student Teaching In Early Childhood9
 Term Hours9
 Total Hours: 121