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2011-2012 EIU Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 EIU Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Studies: Option in Child Care Education (B.A.)

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The Option in Child Care Education (known for publicity purposes as the ABC/Alternative Bachelor’s in Child Care) is a cooperative effort of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, the School of Continuing Education, and selected community colleges. Designed for nontraditional students who require flexible access to courses, it includes 60 hours of coursework offered primarily on weekends.

At the conclusion of their course of study, graduates are prepared to qualify for the Early Childhood Professional Level IV, as identified by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Illinois Director Credential, as identified by the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies. The Option in Child Care Education meets the qualifications of the Illinois Director’s Credential as an entitled program.

Criteria for Admission to the Option:

  1. Admission to the University.
  2. Admission to the BA in General Studies Program.
  3. Completion of an associate’s degree with a focus on Child Development/Education or a closely related field. Students completing associate degrees that do not meet the general education requirements of the BGS program may be required to complete additional coursework.
  4. Documented employment of at least 30 hours per week in the child care field.

Option Requirements:

The option comprises a minimum of 60 hours of coursework, to include:

  • Senior Seminar – Credits: 3
  • Other courses needed to satisfy the core requirements of the BA in General Studies not met by the associate’s degree.

In Addition Students Must:

  • Complete BGS 2985, Adults in Transition and BGS 4001, Self-Directed
    Leadership (It is considered a capstone course and is strongly recommended);
  • Demonstrate writing competency;
  • Maintain a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade-point average.


A “C” or better is required in these courses.

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