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

LAE101English Composition I

LAE102English Composition II

LAT210Effective Speaking

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.
LAA101Art Appreciation I

LAA102Art Appreciation II

LAA110Introduction to Art

LAA200Arts in Chicago

LAT220Introduction to Theatre

LAU110Introduction to Music

LAU220Music as Social Experience

Quantitative Reasoning

Two Mathematics courses

Note: LAM 106 is recommended.

Physical and Life Sciences

LAN110General Biology

LAN150Survey of Physical Science

Note: One course must have a lab.

Social Sciences

LAS120Introduction to American Politics

and

LAS110Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

or

LAS300Contemporary World Cultures

or

LAS302Asian History and Culture

or

LAS303Sub-Saharan African Cultures

or

LAS304Middle and South American Cultures

Note: Another nonwestern Social Science course may be accepted.

Behavioral Science

LAP200Psychology of Development in the Infant/Toddler Years

or

LAP201Psychology of Early Childhood

or

LAP202Psychology of Middle Childhood and Adolescence

or

LAP303Introduction to Psycholinguistics

or

LAP320Psychological Assessment of the Young Child--Part I

with

LAP321Psychological Assessment of the Young Child--Part II

Note: Another developmental psychology course may be accepted.

Foundational Requirements - 50 QH

LAE307Literature for Children

and

LAS200U.S. History and Culture: 1492-1828

or

LAS201U.S. History and Culture: 1828-1898

or

LAS203U.S. History and Culture: 1898-Present

and

ECE202Developmental Theory and Practice

and

ECE205Observation and Assessment: Infants, Toddlers, and Two Year Olds

and

ECE206Child Study II: Preprimary

and

ECE310Child, Family and Community

and

ECE320Speech and Language Development

and

ECE405Preprimary Methods: Language Arts/Art/Music/Movement

and

ECE406Preprimary Methods: Social Studies/Science/Math

and

ECE460Early Childhood Practicum

and

SPE300Survey of Exceptional Children and Adolescents

and

LAP200Psychology of Development in the Infant/Toddler Years

or

LAP201Psychology of Early Childhood

or

LAP320Psychological Assessment of the Young Child--Part I

with

LAP321Psychological Assessment of the Young Child--Part II

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.

Professional Courses - 31 QH

Choose 31 QH from the courses below:

ECE301Understanding Infants and Toddlers

ECE302Essentials of Infant-Toddler Care

ECE321Curriculum and Teaching in the Infant and Toddler Classroom

ECE322Developing Early Childhood Programs

ECE326Administration of Early Childhood Programs

ECE330Instructional Technology

ECE335Best Business Practices in Family Child Care

ECE336Best Practices in Early Childhood Education for Infants and Toddlers and Families

ECE337Ethics and Professionalism in Early Childhood Education

ECE340Classroom Management in Early Childhood Education

Internship - 7 QH

ECE492Internship: Child Care Center and Preschool Practice

or

ECE493Internship: Infant and Toddler Care and Development

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