Dec 02, 2023  
2023-2024 EIU Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 EIU Undergraduate Catalog

Early Childhood Education: Education Studies Option (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, Education Studies option is a non-licensure degree focusing on children birth thru seven years old.

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 and Retention in Teacher Licensure programs as described in the “Teacher Licensure Programs” section of this catalog. Additional information on Admission and Retention is found on the College of Education website at

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 (66-69 hours)

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

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 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).

Major GPA is based on all coursework taken at EIU.

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