Educational Studies, 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.

The Educational Studies major prepares students for a variety of roles in child care agencies, schools, and community organizations. The curriculum develops core competencies with respect to child growth and development; health, safety, and well being; meeting the needs of diverse learners; and professional dispositions.

The Educational Studies major does not result in teacher licensure, but graduates of the Early Child Care and Education concentration can get jobs as teachers and teacher assistants in private pre-kindergarten settings and Head Start classrooms; as administrators of Early Childhood programs and as administrative staff in child advocacy organizations. Graduates of the Youth Development and Education concentration can get jobs as paraprofessionals in public and private schools, as teachers in after-school programs and as administrative staff in public and private agencies serving school-age and older children.

Requirements

Five core courses (15 credit hours) define the Educational Studies major, all of which are eligible for transfer credit. All courses in the major must be passed with grades of C or higher to earn the degree. A total of 45 credit hours are required in the major, and 120 credit hours for the degree. The general education courses required by the College of Arts and Sciences must be completed in order to earn this degree.

Core courses
EDUC 291ISSUES IN METROPOLITAN EDUCATION3
or EDUC 292 LANGUAGE & CULTURE IN EDUCATION
EDUC 202CHILD DEVELOPMENT, LEARNING, AND MOTIVATION3
EDUC 303HEALTH FOR EDUCATORS3
EDUC 321CREATIVE ARTS IN EDUCATION3
SPED 219EXCEPTIONAL CHILD & YOUTH3
Concentration
Complete one of the following concentrations30
Total Credit Hours45

Concentrations

The Educational Studies major offers concentrations in Early Care and Education and Youth Development and Education.

Concentration in Youth Development and Education

Successful completion of the Youth Development and Education concentration entitles students to a paraprofessional educator endorsement on an Illinois Educator License with Stipulations. Individuals with this license and endorsement may provide instructional support in any school that includes programs supported by Title 1, Part A funds. No exams are required for this license and endorsement, but an application must be submitted to the State of Illinois.

ECHD 309CHILD, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY3
ECHD 310ANTI-BIAS AND MULTICULTURAL CURRICULUM3
ECHD 334LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT3
EDUC 311ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT3
EDUC 385TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM3
EDUC 313FOUNDATIONS OF MIDDLE SCHOOL3
READ 339YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE3
READ 368FOUNDATIONS OF BILINGUAL & ESL EDUCATION3
Select two of the following:6
TOPICAL WORKSHOP
EDUCATION AND GENDER
EDUCATION AND SOCIETY
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL JUSTICE STUDIES
Total Credit Hours30

Concentration in Early Care and Education

Successful completion of the Early Care and Education concentration entitles students to the Level 5 ECE Credential, a state recognized employment credential that signals substantial training, education, and experience with respect to children birth through age 8. No exams are required for this credential, but an application must be submitted to Gateways for Opportunity, a support system for Illinois early care and education professionals. The Level 5 Credential is not a teaching license, but may be used to obtain employment in child care settings.

ECHD 309CHILD, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY3
ECHD 310ANTI-BIAS AND MULTICULTURAL CURRICULUM3
ECHD 332PREPRIMARY: SCIENCE, MATHMATICS, & SOCIAL STUDIES IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION3
ECHD 334LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT3
ECHD 336LITERACY IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: PRE-KINDERGARTEN3
ECHD 338EARLY CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM: INFANT, TODDLER, AND PRESCHOOL3
ECHD 370INFANT AND TODDLER: TEACHING AND LEARNING3
ECHD 375PRACTICUM: INFANT, TODDLER, AND PRESCHOOL6
ECHD 380CAPSTONE: ISSUES & ADVOCACY IN EARLY CHILDHOOD3
Total Credit Hours30