Early Childhood Education, MA

Offered in: Chicago

This program is designed for students who wish to earn an Illinois teaching license to work with children from birth through grade three. The requirements for the Illinois early childhood teaching license are integrated with the program. With the addition of an elective, students are also eligible for the Early Childhood Special Education approval. The program is ideal for students who do not have an undergraduate major in education, but who aspire to transform schools and classrooms in pursuit of social justice.

Admission

Admission to the program requires a BA degree in any academic area with a grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, at least 120 credit hours of undergraduate courses from an accredited college or university, and professional dispositions that have been demonstrated through an interview. A passing score on the Test of Academic Proficiency or an ACT or SAT score that meets the state's criterion also is required for continued enrollment in the program.

Requirements

To be awarded the MA in early childhood education, students must successfully complete a 39 credit hour program of study, and all requirements for the teaching license. A total of 36 credit hours of education courses are required for the license; students may earn the license prior to completing the MA degree. To earn the teaching license, students must complete an approved student teaching experience having two placements, a minimum of 120 clock hours of pre-student teaching field and service learning experiences, all general education requirements, and any additional course work or tests needed to satisfy accreditation, State of Illinois, and/or Roosevelt University requirements. All graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their graduate courses, and no grade below C is acceptable for licensure or the MA degree (C- grades are unacceptable).

At the time of admission, an advisor reviews transcripts and evaluates all course work completed at other colleges or universities. Advising plans are developed and any deficiencies related to licensure requirements are noted. If additional course work is needed, the student's advisor will indicate the course work needed on an advising plan. Students must confer with their assigned advisors before enrolling in the program and during each advising period to ensure that all requirements are being successfully completed.

Professional Education 1
ECHD 405ASSESSMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD3
ECHD 409CHILD, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY3
ECHD 411HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION3
ECHD 433PRIMARY MATH, SCIENCE, & SOCIAL STUDIES3
ECHD 434LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT3
ECHD 437LITERACY IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION:READING-LANGUAGE ARTS6
ECHD 438EARLY CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM:INFANT/TODDLER/PRESCHOOL3
ECHD 474STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR: EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION6
EDUC 402CHILD DEVELOPMENT, LEARNING, AND MOTIVATION3
EDUC 480INQUIRY IN THE CLASSROOM3
SPED 419EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN & YOUTH3
Recommended Electives
ECHD 482EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION METHODS3
EDUC 485TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM3
Total Credit Hours45
1

Required to earn licensure and complete the MA

Field and Clinical Experiences

SPED 419 EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN & YOUTH, and ECHD 433 PRIMARY MATH, SCIENCE, & SOCIAL STUDIES, ECHD 437 LITERACY IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION:READING-LANGUAGE ARTS, and ECHD 438 EARLY CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM:INFANT/TODDLER/PRESCHOOL all require 25 hours of field experience in a preprimary or primary grade. ECHD 409 CHILD, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY requires 20 hours of service learning. ECHD 482 EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION METHODS requires 20 hours of field experience, and is a recommended elective in the program. Students who successfully complete ECHD 482 EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION METHODS will earn an early childhood special education approval on their teaching license.

Placement in two student teaching sites is planned with consideration of professional standards and each student’s needs and interests. These primary and pre-primary placements are open only to students who have successfully completed the appropriate general education, and professional education courses, the required Illinois TAP or substitued the ACT or SAT and early childhood content tests, and other College of Education and admission to student teaching requirements. Placements in sites with diverse student populations are required. Students must make formal application two semesters prior to the semester in which they plan to do their student teaching. Applicants are expected to be in good physical health and academic standing, and must provide evidence of competency with regard to professional dispositions, including the passage of a criminal background check.

In order to qualify for Roosevelt University's recommendation for the early childhood teaching license, all requirements in effect at the time of application must be met, including general education work. Students whose bachelor’s degree program does not satisfy RU general education requirements can complete this work concurrently with the master’s degree requirements. Students should consult with their assigned advisor to determine which courses may be accepted in fulfillment of the requirements. The Illinois State Board of Education requires satisfactory scores on the Test of Academic Proficiency or ACT or SAT, the Early Childhood Content Test, and the edTPA before issuing a license.

General Education Required for Licensure in Early Childhood

Communication skills6
Mathematics (MATH 105 or equivalent)3
Science (one biological and one physical) 16-7
Humanities9
Social sciences (at least one course in US history or American government)9
Non-Western/Third World (humanities or social science course covering Asia, Africa, Central/South America, or Native American) 23
Total Credit Hours36-37
1

One must be a lab course

2

May also be counted as humanities or Social science hours

3

With a minimum of GPA of 3.0 and no grade below C