Early Childhood Education (Master's)
The major in early childhood education offers focused study to strengthen and broaden the professional preparation of teachers and other professionals who work with young children, birth through eight years. In addition to the basic requirements, course work will be determined on the basis of the individual student’s undergraduate preparation, experience, and professional goals. Students pursuing this M.S.Ed. may also choose course work to meet Early Childhood Professional Education License (PEL) requirements to teach children from birth through grade 3 in Illinois public schools. Students may also elect course work to fulfill special education approval requirements for teaching exceptional children, birth through age six. Advisers evaluate students’ prior course work, professional experience, and previous certifications to determine individual programs leading to the ECE PEL and/or early childhood special education approval.