Early Childhood Practice, B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Practice (non-licensure) is designed for students whose interests are in early childhood development and education, but who do not wish to be licensed teachers. Students may seek or continue employment in child care centers or other settings that do not require state licensure.

This program does NOT lead to a Professional Educator License. Students will not be eligible to be licensed to teach in settings that require a licensed teacher. 

In addition to National Louis University Undergraduate Admission Requirements, applicants must:

  • Sign and submit the “Student Acknowledgement of BA ECP Program (Non-licensure) Limitations” form to the Office of Admissions

Program Details:

  • Requires 180 QH, including 60 QH of General Education, for completion
  • 45 QH of coursework must be taken at NLU
  • Credit by examination is accepted for general education and elective credit
  • The Professional Courses and internship must be taken at NLU
  • A minimum grade of “C” or better in Foundational and Professional courses and Internship is required
  • Requires a practicum
  • Requires an internship
  • Candidates must complete a second major in Psychology/Human Development OR a minor in Psychology/Human Development

Required Courses

Communications

LAE 101English Composition I

5

LAE 102English Composition II

5

LAT 210Effective Speaking

5

Humanities

One Humanities course

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

Two Mathematics courses

Note: LAM 106 is recommended.

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

and

LAS 110Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

5

or

LAS 300Contemporary World Cultures

5

or

LAS 302Asian History and Culture

5

or

LAS 303Sub-Saharan African Cultures

5

or

LAS 304Middle and South American Cultures

5

Note: Another nonwestern Social Science course may be accepted.

Behavioral Science

LAP 200Psychology of Development in the Infant/Toddler Years

5

or

LAP 201Psychology of Early Childhood

5

or

LAP 202Psychology of Middle Childhood and Adolescence

5

or

LAP 303Introduction to Psycholinguistics

5

or

LAP 320Psychological Assessment of the Young Child--Part I

2

with

LAP 321Psychological Assessment of the Young Child--Part II

3

Note: Another developmental psychology course may be accepted.

Foundational Requirements - 50 QH

LAE 307Literature for Children

5

and

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

ECE 202Developmental Theory and Practice

5

and

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

4

and

ECE 206Child Study II: Preprimary

2

and

ECE 310Child, Family and Community

5

and

ECE 320Speech and Language Development

3

and

ECE 405Preprimary Methods: Language Arts/Art/Music/Movement

3

and

ECE 406Preprimary Methods: Social Studies/Science/Math

3

and

ECE 460Early Childhood Practicum

7

and

SPE 300Survey of Exceptional Children and Adolescents

5

and

LAP 200Psychology of Development in the Infant/Toddler Years

5

or

LAP 201Psychology of Early Childhood

5

or

LAP 320Psychological Assessment of the Young Child--Part I

2

with

LAP 321Psychological Assessment of the Young Child--Part II

3

Notes: Application to participate in field experiences (ECE 460) must be made two quarters prior to the quarter of the field experience. ECE 320 must be taken at NLU. Another U.S. History course may be accepted. Another Developmental Psychology course may be accepted. ECE 205 must be taken for 2 quarter hours.

Professional Courses - 31 QH

Choose 31 QH from the courses below:

ECE 301Understanding Infants and Toddlers

5

ECE 302Essentials of Infant-Toddler Care

3

ECE 321Curriculum and Teaching in the Infant and Toddler Classroom

5

ECE 322Developing Early Childhood Programs

2

ECE 326Administration of Early Childhood Programs

5

ECE 330Instructional Technology

3

ECE 335Best Business Practices in Family Child Care

3

ECE 336Best Practices in Early Childhood Education for Infants and Toddlers and Families

5

ECE 337Ethics and Professionalism in Early Childhood Education

5

ECE 340Classroom Management in Early Childhood Education

5

Internship - 7 QH

ECE 492Internship: Child Care Center and Preschool Practice

7

or

ECE 493Internship: Infant and Toddler Care and Development

7

Note: Application to participate in field experiences must be made two quarters prior to the quarter of the field experience.

Psychology/Human Development Minor - 30 QH

See Psychology/Human Development Minor for details

Psychology/Human Development Major - 45 QH

See Psychology/Human Development Major for details

Electives

Choose elective courses to meet the minimum degree requirement of 180 QH