Early Childhood Education, B.A.

The Early Childhood Education program is designed for those interested in teaching children in a pre-kindergarten environment through age eight. Successful completion of the program enables students in Illinois to apply for a Professional Educator License, endorsed for early childhood and self-contained general education (age 0 to grade 3).

Special Admissions Requirements:

Admission to the Early Childhood Education program is a two step process. Students must first be admitted to National Louis University.

Applicants to the Early Childhood Education program must:

Program Details:

  • Requires 180 QH, including 61 QH of General Education, for completion 
  • 60 QH of coursework must be completed at NLU
  • Credit by examination is accepted for general education and elective credit
  • The Professional Education Sequence and ELL courses must be taken at NLU
  • A minimum grade of “C” or better in all courses in the program is required
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required
  • Students must be admitted to NCE before taking the Professional Sequence and ELL Endorsement Courses
  • Requires student teaching
  • Requires practicum
  • Requires observation hours

Required Courses

Communications

LAE 101English Composition I

5

LAE 102English Composition II

5

LAT 210Effective Speaking

5

Humanities

LAE 307Literature for Children

5

Fine Arts

Choose 4 QH of introductory coursework that includes content for the appreciation of art, and/or music, and/or drama. The courses listed below meet that description, though others may be accepted.

LAA 101Art Appreciation I

2

LAA 102Art Appreciation II

3

LAA 110Introduction to Art

2

LAA 200Arts in Chicago

5

LAT 220Introduction to Theatre

5

LAU 110Introduction to Music

2

LAU 220Music as Social Experience

5

Quantitative Reasoning

LAM 112Math Content for Teachers I

5

LAM 213Math Content for Teachers II

5

Physical and Life Sciences

LAN 110General Biology

5

LAN 150Survey of Physical Science

5

Note: One course must have a lab.

Social Sciences

LAS 120Introduction to American Politics

5

or

LAS 200U.S. History and Culture: 1492-1828

5

or

LAS 201U.S. History and Culture: 1828-1898

5

or

LAS 203U.S. History and Culture: 1898-Present

5

and

LAS 300Contemporary World Cultures

5

or

LAS 110Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

5

or

LAS 302Asian History and Culture

5

or

LAS 303Sub-Saharan African Cultures

5

or

LAS 304Middle and South American Cultures

5

Notes: LAS 300 is preferred. Another U.S. History course may be accepted. Another non-Western social science course may be accepted.

Behavioral Science

LAP 100General Psychology

5

Library

LIBR 200Digital Information Literacy

2

Additional General Education Requirements

LAM 101Thinking Mathematically

5

or

LAM 110College Mathematics: Application of Mathematical Ideas

5

Notes: For students who achieve the required COMPASS score, the requirement for LAM 101 or LAM 110 is waived and the students may select appropriate electives with advisor approval. LAP 201 is strongly preferred. 

Undergraduate Core - 16 QH

ECE 210History and Philosophy of Education

3

EPS 300Educational Psychology: Theory in Classroom Practice

5

SPE 300Survey of Exceptional Children and Adolescents

5

TIE 300Introduction to Technology in the Classroom

3

Foundational Coursework - 12 QH

ECE 205Observation and Assessment: Infants, Toddlers, and Two Year Olds

2 TO 4

ECE 215Speech and Language Development

3

ECE 220Child, Family, and Community

5

Professional Sequence - 56 QH

CIS 480AMethods of Teaching Social Studies

4

ECE 324Integrated Preprimary Methodology in Early Childhood Education

5

ECE 337Ethics and Professionalism in Early Childhood Education

5

ECE 345Curriculum, Differentiation, and Assessment

5

ECE 350Early Childhood Education: Pre-Primary Practicum Field Experience

2

ECE 351Early Childhood Education: Pre-Primary Practicum Seminar

3

ECE 450Early Childhood Education Primary Practicum Field Experience

2

ECE 451Early Childhood Education Primary Practicum Seminar

3

ECE 470Early Childhood Education: Student Teaching

12

MHE 480AMethods of Teaching Mathematics

4

RLL 330Foundations of Emergent Literacy

5

RLL 478Literacy Methods I: K-4

3

SCE 480AMethods of Teaching Science

3

Note: Application to participate in ECE 470 must be made two quarters prior to the quarter of the student teaching experience.

ELL Endorsement Courses - 30 QH

CIL 300Foundations of ESL and Bilingual Education

5

CIL 305Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language

5

CIL 306Methods and Materials for Teaching Bilingual Education

5

CIL 310Assessment of ESL and Bilingual Education Students

5

CIL 312Reading in a New Language: Linguistic Considerations

5

CIL 331Cross Cultural Education

5

Note: 100 pre-clinical hours are required in ELL.

Early Childhood Education Student Teaching Enrollment Requirements

Admission to and continuance in student teaching are contingent on the following actions.

Candidates must:

  • Be accepted into the National College of Education
  • File, by the designated deadline, the application form for student teaching
  • Submit to their advisor a report of a TB test taken within 90 days of the student teaching placement, results of criminal background check and acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter status form
  • Turn in a signed log of all the pre-clinical hours specified in their pre-clinical hours required for the program
  • Pass the Early Childhood Content Test (107) before student teaching
  • Complete all of their licensure courses except for ECE 470 (Student Teaching)
  • Pass all methods courses at National Louis University with a grade no lower than a B
  • Participate in faculty assessment and receive approval of his or her portfolio (Livetext)
  • Provide evidence of emotional stability, adequate personality adjustment and competency as indicated by licensure coursework and departmental assessments