The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education prepares you for a successful career as a licensed classroom teacher for children from birth through grade three or, for a career in various childcare disciplines in our non-licensure sequence. Education courses expand your knowledge of primary curricula and teaching methodology while providing strong preparation in the knowledge, skills and dispositions reflective of the professional standards identified by NAEYC and NCATE accrediting agencies. The Early Childhood Education program provides students with an integrated academic approach that connects pedagogical theory to on-site field applications. The Early Childhood Education licensure sequence is fully approved by the Illinois State Board of Education to prepare you for licensure as well as early childhood special education approval.

For more information, contact Program Advisor Cynthia Hutson.

Program Outline - Licensure Sequence

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education - Licensure Sequence

Outstanding Preparation

The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education at Governors State University prepares you for a successful career as a classroom teacher for children from birth through third grade. Courses expand your knowledge of primary curricula and teaching methodology while providing strong preparation in the knowledge, skills and dispositions reflective of the professional standards identified by the NAEYC and

NCATE accrediting agencies.

GSU’s Early Childhood Education study sequence provides an integrated academic approach connecting theory to on-site field applications. You also have the opportunity to observe and work with infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers at GSU’s Family Development Center, a university-owned and operated facility designed by educators to meet the learning and comfort needs of children.

Fully Accredited

The ECE program is fully approved by the Illinois State Board of Education for teacher certification and early childhood special education approval.

Unlimited Opportunity

GSU offers a superior educational opportunity at an affordable tuition rate while maintaining the professional quality of its programs. GSU’s outstanding faculty and real-world curriculum prepare graduates to meet the demands of the future.

Teacher Licensure

This program is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education for recommendation of the Professional Educator License by entitlement. Students completing this program may also obtain the Early Childhood Special Education Approval on their certificates. The program offers four courses required for this approval:

EDEC3380, EDEC4440/4441, EDEC4450/4451, and EDEC4430.

To be recommended for an Illinois State Board of Education license, the candidate must

present evidence of having passed the Basic Skills or Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), Content Area, and Assessment of Professional Teaching examinations of the Illinois Teaching Certification Testing System. Candidates must meet other requirements for licensure through approved programs listed in

the Teacher Education and Certification section in the GSU catalog.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

After meeting the university admission requirements, students must meet the following requirements to

continue in the Early Childhood Education program:

• Admittance to Governors State University and good academic standing.

• Present transcripts showing a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher in all undergraduate work attempted.

• A grade of “B” or better in all transferable teacher education courses (completed within six years).

• Complete all course work at Governors State University within five calendar years.

• Present evidence of having passed the Basic Skills Test or the Test of Academic Proficiency of the Illinois

Certification Testing System.

• Complete the ETS Proficiency Profile.

• Earn a grade of “B” or better in the following courses taken at GSU: EDEC3371 Effective Teaching

and Laboratory for Early Childhood Majors**, EDEC3310 Foundations of Early Childhood

Education and EDEC3320 Growth and Development of Young Children.

• Receive a positive recommendation from the Early Childhood Education faculty to continue in the

program.

** Note: Candidates must pass the ICTS Basics Skills test or the Test of Academic Proficiency before enrolling in EDEC3371. All candidates for Illinois licensure at Governors State University are required to submit the GSU approved criminal background check prior to their initial field experience in the schools. Also, some assigned field site locations may, due to state licensing, require students to submit a brief physical including a TB test, as well as a finger print background check. For more information, please consult with your advisor.

The faculty monitors and evaluates candidate progress continually. A more detailed statement of the standards and processes followed by the early childhood education faculty concerning Teacher Education and Licensure is available in the Undergraduate Early Childhood Education Student Handbook.

Admission to Lab Courses

Before enrolling in lab courses EDEC4441, EDEC4451,EDEC4481, or EDEC4491 students must:

1. Submit to their advisor verification of a passing score on the Illinois Basic Skills Exam or Test of Academic Proficiency.

2. Before entering labs 3 (EDEC4481) and 4 (EDEC4491), complete the general education requirements of

ENGL2910, MCOM4250, MATH2131, and MATH2141 (or equivalent courses) along with one science and

one social science course with a grade of “C” or better.

3. Successfully complete all prerequisite course work, as stated on a student’s study plan.

4. Maintain a cumulative 2.75 general education G.P.A.

5. Continue to maintain a 3.0 professional education G.P.A.

Admission to Student Teaching

Before enrolling in student teaching, students must:

1. Complete at least 48-49 hours of general education requirements with a G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher (for courses taken at GSU) with a grade of “C” or better in each course.

2. Complete all professional education course requirements with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher with a grade of

“B” or better in each of the following courses EDEC3371, EDEC3310, EDEC3320, and Lab courses

one to four (1-4), and a grade of “C” or better in all other courses.

3. Complete a minimum of 100 clock-hours of pre-student teaching field experiences.

4. Have no more than a total of nine approved general education/specialization hours outstanding.

5. Verify successful completion of the early childhood content area state examination of the Illinois

Certification Testing System. 

I. Early Childhood Certificate (48-49 Hours)

Course work acceptable for meeting these requirements must be college level work and may not include remedial courses even if college credit is granted. Generally, this course work must be at the 100-level or higher and applicable toward a degree at the institution providing the instruction. Courses with grades below “C” will not be accepted toward the degree.

The following courses should be taken at the lower division level:

Written Communication (6)

Oral Communication (3)

Mathematics Structures and Concepts (6)

Biology and Physical Science (including 7 hours of Biology

with a lab and 3 hours of Physical Science) (10)

Survey of American History (3)

Literature (3)

Humanities (3)

Fine Arts (3)

U.S. Government (3)

Psychology (3)

Cultural/World Geography (3)

Health/Nutrition (2-3)

At least one three-credit course must be taken in non-Western or Third World cultures from either humanities or social science.

II. Professional Course Work Requirement (55 Hours)

The following courses should be taken at the upperdivision level:

EDCP 3101 Introduction to Educational Tech (3)

EDEC 3310 Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3)

EDEC 3320 Growth and Development of Young Children (3)

EDEC 3371 Effective Teaching and Laboratory (4)

EDEC 3380 Typical and Atypical Speech and Language Development (3)

EDEC 4420 Methods of Teaching in the Arts (2)

EDEC 4430 Observation and Assessment of Young Children with and without Special Needs (3)

EDEC 4440 Child and Family with and without Special Needs in the Community (3)

EDEC 4441 Lab 1: Infants and Toddler Methods (1)

EDEC 4450 Preprimary and Special Education Methods (3)

EDEC 4451 Lab 2: Preprimary (1)

EDEC 4460 Integrating Instruction in Early Childhood Education (3)

EDEC 4480 Literacy Methods in Early Childhood Education (3)

EDEC 4481 Lab 3: Literacy in Early Childhood Education (1)

EDEC 4490 Methods of Teaching Primary Math, Science, and Social Studies (3)

EDEC 4491 Lab 4: Teaching Primary Math, Science, and Social Studies (1)

EDEC 4999 Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education (12)

SPED 4100 Survey of Students with Exceptionalities (3)

Total Professional Early Childhood Education credit-hours include at least 100 clock-hours of clinical experience

III. Teaching Specialization Requirement (18-19 Hours)

One of the following teaching specialization areas must be completed: Art, biology, English, history, mathematics, science, or social science. Identified below are GSU courses that meet concentration requirements. All pre-requisites are applied accordingly. Other than the “non-Western course” requirement for licensure, no course can be double counted. Thus, if any course listed below is

applied toward a general education requirement, it cannot be selected to meet specialization requirements. For some courses, transfer equivalents are acceptable. See your academic advisor for further clarification.

Art

Drawing (3): ART 3304, 3305, 5509

Studio (3): ART 3301, 3302, 3309, 3310, 33199

Principles of Design (3): ART 3303, 3325, 3360, 4000

Mixed Media (3): ART 5501, 5502, 5533, 5543, 5557, 5568

Art History (3): ART 3314, 5505, 5515

Non-Western Art (3): ART 5523, 5525, 5527, 5530

Total - 18 Hours

Biology

Foundations II (3): BIOL 2104

Plants with Lab (3): BIOL 3316/3317

Animals with Lab (3): BIOL3320/3321

Ecology with Lab (4): BIOL 3322/3323

Investigations (3): LAS 4125

Biology Selective (3)

BIOL 3108, 3112, 4430, 4431, 5522, 5523, 6112

Total - 19 Hours

English

Literature (3): ENGL 3111 or 3112

American Literature (3): ENGL 3121 or 3122

Advanced Composition (3): ENGL 4100

Multicultural (3): ENGL 5121, 5131, 5161, 5171, 5475

Literature Selective (6)

ENGL 3115, 3330, 3123, 5625, 5151, 5435, 4550

Total - 18 Hours

History

American History (3): HIST 3110 or 3120

European History or Western Civilization (3): HIST 5650

Non-Western History (3): HIST 5115, 5300, 5330, 5340,

5420, 5470, or 5670

Investigations (3): LAS 4100

History Selective (6)

HIST 3101, 3100, 5100, 5110, 5150, 5160, 5200, 5250,

5400, 5410, 5440, 5450, 5500, and/or 5701

Total - 18 Hours

Mathematics

Calculus (3-6): MATH 390 2281 and/or 3290

Geometry (3): MATH 3331

Probability and Statistics (3): STAT 468

Investigations (3): LAS 4127

Math Selective (3-6)

MATH 1423, 3137, 2221, 3449, 4451, 4133, and/or 5171

General Science

Biology with Lab (4): BIOL 2102/2107, 2104/2107,

3316/3317, 3320/3321, 3322/3323, 3360/3361

Chemistry with Lab (4): CHEM 1111/1112, 3233/3234,

3513/3514

Physical Science with Lab (4): PHYS 1111/1112, 3141/3142

Earth and Space Science (3): PHYS 3211

 Science Selective (3)

LAS 4125, BIOL 3108/3112, 312, CHEM 1113, PHYS

3323/3435

Total - 18 Hours

Social Science

Anthropology (3): ANTH 3100, 3200, 4100, or 4600

Economics (3): ECON 2301, 2302, 3311, 3501, or 3701

Geography (3): GEOG 2100, 2200, 2500

Political Science (3): POLS 2101, 2100, 3600, 3110, 2200,

4400, 4600, 5150, 5200, 5300, 5310, 5360, or 5380

Sociology (3): SOC 3100, 3300, 4000, 4220, 4250, 4540,

4551, or 3400

World History (3): HIST 5701

Total - 18 Hours

IV. Total Program Requirements 121-123 credit-hours

 

Academic Advising

The Division of Education provides professional Academic Advisors to serve the needs of all of its candidates.

The Academic Advisor for the BA Early Childhood Education program is Ms. Cynthia Hutson.  Ms. Hutson's office is located in the Division of Education Academic Advising area. Contact your advisor with any questions regarding program requirements, resources at GSU, etc. via phone: 708.235.7304 or email: chutson@govst.edu.


 

Program Outline Non-Licensure Sequence

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education - Non-Licensure sequence

Teaching young children is a joyful calling that has just been made much more accessible by the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education (ECE) degree program at Governors State University.

Do you enjoy teaching young children across the educational domains of physical, social, cognitive, and linguistic growth and development? Then seeking a Bachelor of Art Degree in the field of Early Childhood Education (ECE) may be the perfect match for you.  

Outstanding Preparation 

The non-certification degree option offered at GSU will prepare you to become a teacher in professional environments like Head Start, Montessori Schools, Private Child Care Agencies, or Home Child Care Facilities. This degree also leads to advanced credentials in careers such as Child Developmentalist or ECE program director.

GSU also offers a B.A. in Early Childhood Education with Illinois State teacher license.

Course requirements: 

  • EDEC 3310 Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3 HRS.)
  • EDEC 3320 Growth and Development of Young Children (3 HRS.)
  • EDEC 3371 Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Early Childhood Education (4 HRS.)
  • EDEC 3380 Typical and Atypical Speech and Language Development (3 HRS.)
  • EDEC 4440 Child and Family With and Without Special Needs in the Community (3 HRS.)
  • EDEC 4430 Observation and Assessment of Young Children With and Without Special Needs (3 HRS.)
  • SPED 4100 Survey of Students with Exceptionalities (3 HRS.)
  • EDCP 3101 Introduction to Educational Technology (3 HRS.)
  • EDEC 4420 Methods of Teaching in the Arts (3 HRS.)
  • EDEC 4450 Preprimary and Special Education Methods (3 HRS.)
  • EDEC 4460 Integrating Instruction in Early Childhood Education (3 HRS.)
  • EDEC 4470 Guidance of Young Children (3 HRS.)
  • EDEC 4480 Literacy Methods in Early Childhood Education (3 HRS.)
  • EDEC 4490 Methods of Teaching Primary Math, Science, and Social Studies (3 HRS.)
  • EDEC 4595 EC Leadership: Principles and Management (3 HRS.)
  • EDEC 4899 Practicum in ECE (9 HRS.)