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 the Undergraduate Advisement Center located at C3385 or phone 708.534.8043

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Program Outline - Licensure Sequence

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education - Licensure Sequence

Study Track Option I for Teacher Licensure

Study track Option I is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education for recommendation of the Initial Early Childhood License by entitlement. Students completing this program may also obtain the Early Childhood and English as a Second Language (ESL) entitlement. Five courses required for acceptance into the program: EDUC 2310, EDUC 2330, SPED 2100, EDCP 2101, and EDEC 3099.  To be recommended for entitlement by Governors State University, candidates must complete at least 48-49 hours in general education, 62 hours in professional education and 18 hours in ESL to meet the 120 minimum credit hours for graduation.

To be recommended for an Illinois State Board of Education teaching certification, the candidate must present evidence of having passed the, ILTS 206 Content Area exam and the edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment). Candidates must earn a grade of “B” or better in EDEC 4999: Student Teaching.

Candidates must meet other requirements for licensure through approved programs listed in the Licensure of Teachers and Other School Professionals section of the GSU catalog located online at www.govst.edu/catalog.  

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Admission to Teacher Education

After meeting the university admission requirements, students must meet the following requirements to continue in the Early Childhood Education program:

  • Be admitted to Governors State University and be in good academic standing;
  • Present transcripts showing a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher in all undergraduate work attempted;
  • Must have a grade of “C” or better in all general education courses used for program requirements;
  • Must have attained a grade of “B” or better in identified transferable teacher education courses. Identified courses must have been taken within six years of admission to GSU;
  • Complete all course work at Governors State University within five calendar years;
  • Earn a grade of “B” or better in the following courses EDUC 2310, EDUC 2330, SPED 2100, EDCP 2101, and EDEC 3099.(taken at GSU);
  • Successfully complete the Candidacy Acceptance Application Process 

To be officially accepted into the Teacher Education Program for initial licensure, all candidates must complete and submit a Teacher Candidacy Application to their prospective advisor. Click here to download the Teacher Candidacy Application fillable PDF and open in Adobe Reader.

All candidates for study Track Option I AND Option II 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.

Candidate Progress

The faculty monitors and evaluates candidate progress continually. The section, Licensure of Teachers and Other School Professionals, in this catalog provides a general description of the standards used to evaluate candidate progress. A more detailed statement of the standards and processes followed by the Early Childhood Education faculty is available in the Undergraduate Early Childhood Education Student Handbook.

Conditional Continuation

The faculty may permit a candidate to continue conditionally. In such cases, faculty reviews of the candidate’s records identify evidence that the candidate will likely be successful in the program. The status of all candidates allowed to continue under conditions is reviewed by the faculty each semester, and the candidates are informed in writing of the conditions necessary for them to be transferred to good standing status. When conditions are met, the candidate is informed in writing of the transfer to good standing status. A candidate may not be admitted to student teaching without being in good standing status.

Requirements Regarding Admission to Lab Courses for Option I

Before enrolling in EDEC4550, EDEC4551, EDEC4560, or EDED4561 students must:

  1. Successfully complete all prerequisite course work, as stated on a student’s study plan;
  2. Maintain a cumulative 2.75 general education G.P.A.;
  3. Continue to maintain a 3.0 professional education G.P.A..

Admission to Option I 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 EDEC3099, EDEC3310, and EDEC3320 and a grade of C or better in all other courses;
  3. Complete a minimum of 200 clock-hours of pre-student teaching field experiences;
  4. Have completed a total of eighteen credit hours of ESL with 3.0 GPA;
  5. For Option I only, students must verify successful completion of the early childhood content area state examination of the Illinois Certification Testing System.

I. General Education Requirement for study Track Options I and II (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 1000-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 hrs)
  • Oral Communication (3 hrs)
  • Mathematics Structures and Concepts (6 hrs)
  • Biological and Physical Science including 7 hours of biology (must include a one hour lab) and a 3 hour physical science course (chemistry or physics) (10 hrs total)
  • Survey of American History (3 hrs)
  • Children Literature (3 hrs)
  • Humanities (3 hrs)
  • Fine Arts (3 hrs)
  • U.S. Government (3 hrs)
  • Psychology (3 hrs)
  • Cultural/World Geography (3 hrs)
  • Health/Nutrition (2-3 hrs)

**Note: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 for study Track Option I (56 Hours)  

The following courses should be taken at the upper-division level:

  • SPED 2100 Survey of Students with Exceptionalities (3)
  • EDCP 2101 Introduction to Educational Technology (3)
  • EDEC 3099 Developmentally Appropriate Practices in ECE (4)
  • EDUC 2310 Foundations of  Education (3)
  • EDUC 2330 Child Growth and Development  (3)
  • EDEC 3570 Assessment and Differentiated Instruction in EC (3)
  • EDUC 3440 Educational Psychology II (3)
  • EDEC 3580 Linguistics and Language Development (3)
  • EDEC 3590 STEAM in Education (3)
  • EDEC 4550 Lab 1: Family, Community, and Culture  (3)
  • EDEC 4551 Field Experiences I (2)
  • EDEC 4560 Lab 2: Curriculum, Literacy, and Exceptional Learners, Pre-Primary (3)
  • EDEC 4561 Field Experience 2, Pre-Primary  (2)
  • EDEC 4570 Lab 3: Literacy in Early Childhood (3)
  • EDEC 4571 Field Experience 3 (2) 
  • EDEC 4580 Lab 4: Math, Science, and Social Studies in EC (3)
  • EDEC 4581 Field Experience 4 (2)
  • BBED 4501 Teaching English as a Second Language
  • BBED 4520 Foundations of Bilingual and ESL Education
  • BBED 4525 Assessment of Language Minority Students
  • BBED 4530 Methods and Materials for Teaching in Bilingual
  • BBED 4538 Cross-cultural Education
  • BBED 4977 Reading Strategies in the Bilingual and ESL Classroom
  • EDEC 4999 Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education (12)

 

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 located in the Undergraduate Advisement Center that is located in C3385, phone number:  Eileen Lally708.534.4083. Contact the Advisement Center with any questions regarding program requirements, resources at GSU, etc. via phone number listed above.  


 

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 Early Childhood Education program director.

Study Track Option II 

Study track Option II is for those seeking a career in an Early Childhood Educational setting which does not require the IL Early Childhood Teaching License. The students must complete at least 48-49 hours in general education, 60 hours in professional education requirements, and credit hours of approved course electives at the 3000 or higher level if needed to meet the 120 minimum credit hours for graduation.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Admission to Teacher Education

After meeting the university admission requirements, students must meet the following requirements to continue in the Early Childhood Education program:

  • Be admitted to Governors State University and be in good academic standing;
  • Present transcripts showing a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher in all undergraduate work attempted;
  • Must have a grade of “C” or better in all general education courses used for program requirements;
  • Must have attained a grade of “B” or better in identified transferable teacher education courses. Identified courses must have been taken within six years of admission to GSU;
  • Complete all course work at Governors State University within five calendar years;
  • Earn a grade of “B” or better in the following courses: EDEC 3099: Developmentally Appropriate Practices; EDUC 2310: Foundations of  Education; EDUC 2330: Child Growth and Development; and EDEC 3580: Linguistics and Language Development;  
  • Successfully complete the Teacher Candidacy Acceptance Application.
All candidates for study Track Option I AND Option II 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.

 

Candidate Progress

The faculty monitors and evaluates candidate progress continually. The section, Licensure of Teachers and Other School Professionals, in this catalog provides a general description of the standards used to evaluate candidate progress. A more detailed statement of the standards and processes followed by the Early Childhood Education faculty is available in the Undergraduate Early Childhood Education Student Handbook.

Conditional Continuation

The faculty may permit a candidate to continue conditionally. In such cases, faculty reviews of the candidate’s records identify evidence that the candidate will likely be successful in the program. The status of all candidates allowed to continue under conditions is reviewed by the faculty each semester, and the candidates are informed in writing of the conditions necessary for them to be transferred to good standing status. When conditions are met, the candidate is informed in writing of the transfer to good standing status. A candidate may not be admitted to student teaching without being in good standing status.

Requirements Regarding Admission to Lab Courses for Option II

Before enrolling in EDEC4441, EDEC4451, EDEC4481, or EDED4491 students must:

  1. Before entering labs 3 (EDEC4481) and 4 (EDEC4491), complete the general education requirements of ENGL2910, MCOM 4250, MATH2131, and MATH2141 (or equivalent courses) along with one science and one social science course with a grade of “C” or better;
  2. Successfully complete all prerequisite course work, as stated on a student’s study plan;
  3. Maintain a cumulative 2.75 general education G.P.A.;
  4. Continue to maintain a 3.0 professional education G.P.A.

Admission to Option II Practicum

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, and EDEC3320 and a grade of C or better in all other courses;
  3. Complete a minimum of 100 clock-hours of pre-practicum field experiences;
  4. Have completed a total of eighteen approved general education/specialization hours outstanding.

I.      General Education Requirement for study Track Options I and II (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 1000-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 hrs)
  • Oral Communication (3 hrs)
  • Mathematics Structures and Concepts (6 hrs)
  • Biological and Physical Science including 7 hours of biology (must include a one hour lab) and a 3 hour physical science course (chemistry or physics) (10 hours)
  • Survey of American History (3 hours)
  • Literature (3 hours)
  • Humanities (3 hours)
  • Fine Arts (3 hours)
  • U.S. Government (3 hours)
  • Psychology (3 hours)
  • Cultural/World Geography (3 hours)
  • Health/Nutrition (2-3 hours)

**Note: 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 for study Track Option II (60 Hours)

The following courses should be taken at the upper-division level:  

  • SPED 2100 Survey of Students with Exceptionalities (3)
  • EDCP 2101 Introduction to Educational Technology (3)
  • EDEC 3099 Developmentally Appropriate Practices in ECE (4)
  • EDUC 2310 Foundations of  Education (3)
  • EDUC 2330 Child Growth and Development  (3)
  • EDEC 3570 Assessment and Differentiated Instruction in EC (3)
  • EDUC 3440 Educational Psychology II (3)
  • EDEC 3580 Linguistics and Language Development (3)
  • EDEC 3590 STEAM in Education (3)
  • EDEC 4550 Lab 1: Family, Community, and Culture  (3)
  • EDEC 4551 Field Experiences I (2)
  • EDEC 4560 Lab 2: Curriculum, Literacy, and Exceptional Learners, Pre-Primary (3)
  • EDEC 4561 Field Experience 2, Pre-Primary  (2)
  • EDEC 4570 Lab 3: Literacy in Early Childhood (3)
  • EDEC 4571 Field Experience 3 (2) 
  • EDEC 4580 Lab 4: Math, Science, and Social Studies in EC (3)
  • EDEC 4581 Field Experience 4 (2)
  • BBED 4501 Teaching English as a Second Language
  • BBED 4520 Foundations of Bilingual and ESL Education
  • BBED 4525 Assessment of Language Minority Students
  • BBED 4530 Methods and Materials for Teaching in Bilingual
  • BBED 4538 Cross-cultural Education
  • BBED 4977 Reading Strategies in the Bilingual and ESL Classroom
  • EDEC 4595 EC Leadership: Principles and Management (3)
  • EDEC 4470 Guidance of Young Children (3)
  • EDEC 4899 Practicum in Early Childhood Education (9)

** Note: Elective credit hours approved via petition to advisor/program coordinator as needed to meet required 120 credit hours for graduation.