Early Childhood Education, BAE

Offered in: Chicago

The College of Education has five undergraduate programs: Early Childhood Education, Educational Studies, Elementary Education, Secondary Education and Special Education. The college also works jointly with the Chicago College of Performing Arts to deliver a program in Music Education. All of these programs, with the exception of Educational Studies, focus on teacher preparation.

The College of Education has a history of serving nontraditional as well as traditional undergraduate students, and schedules are designed to meet the needs of full-time as well as part-time students. All teacher preparation programs are offered at the Chicago campus and are a part of the New Deal Teacher Academy.

Undergraduate programs within the College of Education prepare students to transform schools and communities in the pursuit of knowledge and social justice. Through the continuous evaluation and refinement of academic programs and courses, offerings are kept current and relevant to real-world contexts and professional standards of quality. Experienced, dedicated and culturally diverse faculty work collaboratively with students to foster knowledge and skills with respect to diverse learners, instruction, assessment and research. Talent and resources from a variety of disciplines are integrated and used, as are cutting edge technologies. All programs require a variety of field and clinical experiences that augment and integrate academic studies.

Birth through Grade 3

The program in Early Childhood Education is interdisciplinary in scope and practical in orientation. Its purpose is to prepare students to become highly qualified, capable, and dedicated educators in Head Start, child care, and preschool programs, as well as kindergarten and primary grades. Students complete diverse field placements and clinical experiences in public schools and private agencies serving children from infancy through third grade. Students who complete the program earn a State of Illinois teaching license, with early childhood and early childhood special education endorsements. Early Childhood majors complete the bilingual/ESL minor and with teacher licensure also earn the Bilingual and/or ESL endorsement.

Requirements

Students are formally admitted to the teacher preparation program when they earn a passing score on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency, have a minimum 2.7 GPA in all undergraduate courses, and have demonstrated professional dispositions. Students may take general education requirements, academic concentration courses, and the following five education courses without having earned admission to the program.

EDUC 202CHILD DEVELOPMENT, LEARNING, AND MOTIVATION3
EDUC 321CREATIVE ARTS IN EDUCATION3
EDUC 385TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM3
EDUC 303HEALTH FOR EDUCATORS3
SPED 219EXCEPTIONAL CHILD & YOUTH3
Total Credit Hours15

In order to enroll in the remainder of the academic major, students must have earned admission to the teacher preparation program, or acknowledged their preference for the Gateways ECE Credential Level 5. Acknowledgement of the Gateways ECE Credential is done through an advisor in the College of Education.

Core
ECHD 305ASSESSMENT EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION3
ECHD 309CHILD, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY3
ECHD 311HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION3
ECHD 332PREPRIMARY: SCIENCE, MATHMATICS, & SOCIAL STUDIES IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION3
ECHD 333PRIM SCI,MATH,SOC CONCEPTS ECE3
ECHD 334LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT3
ECHD 336LITERACY IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: PRE-KINDERGARTEN3
ECHD 337LITERACY IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: PRIMARY3
ECHD 338EARLY CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM: INFANT, TODDLER, AND PRESCHOOL3
ECHD 374STUDENT TEACHING AND SEMINAR IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION12
ECHD 382EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION METHODS3
Total Credit Hours42

Field and Clinical Experiences

Field and clinical experiences in early childhood education involve urban and suburban placements and must include culturally diverse learners. Students are placed in infant/toddler, preschool and primary settings, and engage in individual, small group, and whole class instruction, observation, and participation in community based activities. A minimum of 120 hours of field experiences and service learning are required prior to student teaching.

Placement in student teaching is planned with consideration for each student’s needs and interests. A College of Education faculty member as well as a resident, experienced teacher supervises each student. Formal application is required approximately two semesters in advance of 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.

To earn admission to student teaching, a student must have passed the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency or have substituted an ACT or SAT score that meets the state's criterion, and the Early Childhood Content Test. In addition, all students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 in their undergraduate courses, and a 3.0 GPA in their academic major. All general education and academic major course requirements must be completed with grades of C or higher (C- grades are unacceptable). The edTPA should be taken during student teaching if the student is seeking the Illinois teaching license. No other course may be taken, nor may a student be employed, during student teaching.

Licensure Requirements

In order to qualify for Roosevelt University's recommendation for the Illinois teaching license and Early Childhood endorsement, students must meet all general education requirements that are in effect at the time of their application.

Early Childhood Education students take the 18 hours of course work in the Bilingual and ESL minor, which leads to the Bilingual and/or ESL endorsement.

Before issuing a license, the Illinois State Board of Education also requires satisfactory scores on the Test of Academic Proficiency or the ACT or SAT, the Early Childhood Content Test, and the edTPA. Students must consult a College of Education advisor to determine which general education courses are acceptable toward fulfillment of licensure requirements.

Licensure Course Requirements

Communication Skills
Written Communication6
Humanities
THE UNITED STATES TO 1865
THE UNITED STATES SINCE 1865
Total Required Humanities (must include American History)9
Mathematics
MATH 105FOUNDATIONS OF ARITHMETIC3
MATH 110 or higher 3
Non-Western/Third World/Multicultural
Asia, African, Central/South America or Native American or their descendants in the US (may also be counted in Humanities or Social Science)3
RU Mission-Related Courses
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR3
ACP 110PRIMARY TEXTS3
ACP 250GROUNDS FOR CHANGE3
LIBS 201WRITING SOCIAL JUSTICE3
Science
BIOL 111HUMAN BIOLOGY (includes lab)4
or BIOL 112 ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY
PHSC 101PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY I3
or PHSC 103 GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
Must include biological and physical science, including at least one lab
Social Science
UNITED STATES POLITICS
Total Required Social Science (must include American Government)9
Total Credit Hours52