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2012-2013 EIU Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Department of Early Childhood . . . Education

Early Childhood Education (B.S. in Education)



Two distinct options are offered through the Early Childhood Education Curriculum:  Child and Family Studies and Special Education.  Both lead to an Early Childhood (birth through grade 3) Certificate.  Individuals with an Early Childhood major may achieve an Early Childhood Special Education Letter of Approval on the State of Illinois Early Childhood certificate by successful completion of the Special Education course work (see below).

This major requires that all students (including native, dual majors, transfer students from community colleges or senior institutions, internal transfers, and post-baccalaureate) follow and meet the requirements for Admission, Retention and Graduation from Teacher Certification programs as described in the “Teacher Certification Programs” section of this catalog and as explained at the University Admission to Teacher Education Meeting which all students must attend.  Additional information on Admission, Retention and Graduation for Teacher Certification programs can be found on the College of Education & Professional Studies website at www.eiu.edu/ceps/teached.

All students must pass the Illinois Certification Test of Basic Skills/Test of Academic Proficiency for selection into teacher education and should complete this requirement no later than their sophomore year.

Students must receive a “C” or better in all courses used toward graduation, regardless of where they are taken. This includes general education, professional education, major and minor course, all university required courses, and electives. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative and major GPA of 2.65 in order to continue in the program.

Departmental Requirements (in addition to University General Education Requirements)


University General Education and additional departmental required courses: 48 semester hours

Some courses may also count toward University general education requirements.  Consult with Departmental Advisor.

English elective from General Education Humanities courses.


Art, Music, or Theatre Arts course from General Education Fine Arts courses.


AND


6 semester hours of social and behavioral sciences. The following courses can be used to meet both university general education and departmental requirements:

Professional Course Work


(77-80 semester hours)

  • Concentration 1: Special Education (See footnote 2)
  • Concentration 2: Child and FAmily Studies (See footnote 3)

Footnotes:


1 Take ELE 40001 with Block I and ELE 40002 with Block II.

2 Individuals with an Early Childhood major may achieve an Early Childhood Special Education Letter of Approval on the State of Illinois Early Childhood certificate by successful completion of: SPE 2000, 3000, 3220, 3600, 4720, 4820, 4920 and 4925, and student teaching 8 sem. hrs. in an Early Childhood Special Education preschool setting with 8 sem. hrs. in a primary (first, second or third grade) classroom. Individuals will also delete FCS 4854 and substitute SPE 4600. All courses must be completed with a “C” or better, and practica must be successfully completed.

3 Fifteen semester hours (6 semester hours upper division credit) from Family & Consumer Sciences, Sociology, or Psychology. See advisor for suggested courses.

4 Must be taken prior to student teaching.

Senior Seminar must be taken outside of major.

Selection to Teacher Education programs should occur following the freshman year but no later than the end of the sophomore year (for transfer students this should occur no later than the end of their first semester). Selection requires that students pass the Illinois Certification Test of Basic Skills/Test of Academic Proficiency.

University Approval to Take Teacher Education Courses should occur at the end of the first semester junior year with Formal University Admission to Teacher Education occurring at the end of the junior year.  See the Teacher Certification Program section of this catalog for more information.

Departmental Approval to Student Teach must be granted prior to Student Teaching.  Students must also pass the Illinois Certification Content Area test for Elementary Education prior to student teaching.

Students must pass the appropriate Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) test before they can graduate from a teacher certification program.

Early Childhood Education Certificate (Birth-Grade 3) Concentration: Child & Family Studies


Early Childhood Education majors pursuing the Child & Family Studies concentration must complete fifteen semester hours, six of which must be at the upper division level, from Family & Consumer Sciences, Sociology, or Psychology. See advisor for suggested concentration courses.

The student should consult with his/her advisor to develop the study plan best suited to his/her needs and interests.

Early Childhood Education Certificate (Birth-Grade 3) Concentration: Special Education


Individuals may achieve an Early Childhood Special Education Letter of Approval on the State of Illinois Early Childhood certificate by successful completion of the following course work plan.

The student should consult with his/her advisor to develop the study plan best suited to his/her needs and interests.