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

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 Special Education Approval on their Licenses. Four courses required for this approval are offered in the program: EDEC3380, EDEC4440/4441, EDEC4450/4451, and EDEC4430. To be recommended for licensure by Governors State University, candidates must complete at least 48-49 hours in general education, 62 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.

To be recommended for an Illinois State Board of Education teaching license, the candidate must present evidence of having passed the Test of Academic Proficiency, Content Area, and Assessment of Professional Teaching examinations of the Illinois Teaching Certification Testing System. Candidates must earn a grade of “B” or better in EDEC4999: 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;
  • If pursuing study Track Option I, present evidence of having passed 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: Developmentally Appropriate Practices; EDEC3310: Foundations of Early Childhood Education; EDEC3320: Growth and Development of Young Children; and EDEC3380: Typical and Atypical Speech and Language Development; Receive a positive recommendation from the Early Childhood Education faculty to continue in the program. 

**Note: Option I Candidates must pass the ICTS Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) within the first 15 hours of entry level coursework (EDEC3310, EDEC3320, EDEC3371, SPED2100 and EDCP2101) before enrolling in any field based course(i.e. EDEC4441, EDEC4451, EDEC4481, and EDEC4491, as well as EDEC4999 student teaching).

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 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.; and
  5. For Option I only, students must submit to their advisor verification of a passing score on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP).

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” orbetter 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-student teaching field experiences;
  4. Have no more than a total of nine approved general education/specialization hours outstanding; 
  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, Physical Science, and Earth Science including 3 hours of biology, a 3 hour physical science course (chemistry or physics), 3 hours of earth/space science (astronomy, geology, or meteorology), and a 1 hour lab course with one of these (10 hrs total)
  • Survey of American History (3 hrs)
  • 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:   

    • EDEC 3310   Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3)
    • EDEC 3320   Growth and Development of Young Children (3)
    • EDEC 3371   Developmentally Appropriate Practices in ECE (4) 
    • EDEC 3380   Typical and Atypical Speech and Language Development (3)
    • EDEC 4420   Methods of Teaching in the Arts (3)
    • 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)
    • SPED 2100   Survey of Students with Exceptionalities (3)
    • EDCP 2101   Introduction to Educational Technology (3)
    • 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)

    ** Note: Study Track Option I incorporates at least 100 clock-hours of clinical experience required for Illinois State teacher licensure.

    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 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, 55 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;
    • Complete the ETS Proficiency Profile; 
    • Earna grade of “B” or better in the following courses taken at GSU: EDEC3371: Developmentally Appropriate Practices; EDEC3310: Foundations of Early Childhood Education; EDEC3320: Growth and Development of Young Children; and EDEC3380: Typical and Atypical Speech and Language Development; 
    • Receive a positive recommendation from the Early Childhood Education faculty to continue in the program.
    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 no more than a total of nine 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, Physical Science, and Earth Science including 3 hours of biology, a 3 hour physical science course (chemistry or physics), 3 hours of earth/space science (astronomy, geology, or meteorology), and a 1 hour lab course with one of these (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 (59 Hours)

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

    • EDEC 3310   Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3)
    • EDEC 3320   Growth and Development of Young Children (3)
    • EDEC 3371   Developmentally Appropriate Practices in ECE (4)
    • EDEC 3380   Typical and Atypical Speech and Language Development (3) 
    • EDEC 4420   Methods of Teaching in the Arts (3)
    • 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)
    • SPED  2100  Survey of Students with Exceptionalities (3)
    • EDCP  2101  Introduction to Educational Technology (3)
    • EDEC 4450   Preprimary and Special Education Methods (3)
    • EDEC 4451   Lab 2: Preprimary (1)
    • EDEC4460   Integrating Instruction in Early Childhood Education (3) 
    • EDEC  4470  Guidance of Young Children (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  4595   EC Leadership: Principles and Management (3)
    • EDEC 4899   Practicum in ECE (9)

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