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2014-2015 EIU Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 EIU Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Early Childhood . . . Education

Early Childhood Education (B.S. in Education)

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Total Semester Hours Required for the Degree: 121 semester hours

The B.S. in Early Childhood Education leads to teacher licensure with an Early Childhood (birth through grade 3) endorsement.

This major requires that all students (including native, 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 Licensure programs as described in the “Teacher Licensure 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 Licensure programs can be found on the College of Education & Professional Studies website at

All students must pass the Illinois Licensure Test of Academic Proficiency or document a composite score of 22 or higher on the ACT plus Writing 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.

Professional Course Work (72 semester hours)

 All professional education coursework must be completed with a “C” or better prior to student teaching.

Departmental Requirements (in addition to University General Education Requirements)

University General Education and additional departmental required courses: 49 semester hours

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


English elective from General Education Humanities courses. Credits: 3


Art, Music, or Theatre Arts course from General Education Fine Arts courses. Credits: 3


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 Licensure Test of Academic Proficiency or document a composite score of 22 or higher on the ACT plus Writing.

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 Licensure 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 Licensure Content Area test for Elementary Education prior to student teaching.

Students must pass the appropriate Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) test before they can receive their teaching license from Illinois or any other state.

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