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CHOOSE YOUR OWN PATH

Students can choose from two specialization options: Preschool/Primary or Child and Family Services.

GET EXPERIENCE IN YOUR FIELD

Students gain experience working with children as part of thier field work experience and through the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

WORK WITH INFANTS & TODDLERS

Students engage in coursework and teaching experience with infants and toddlers. Students may also obtain a Director Credential to manage a daycare center.

OBTAIN TEACHER CERTIFICATION

The Early Childhood programs lead to State of Illinois Teaching Lisensure, which qualifies graduates to teach children in state-approved public school settings.

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SIU's Early Childhood Program focuses on the education and care of children from birth to eight years old, and also focuses on the family as the primary influence on children.

SIU offers two specializations in the Early Childhood major:

  • The Preschool/Primary (birth to grade three) specialization is a teacher education program leading to an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL), and prepares you for teaching in public school settings.

  • The Child and Family Services specialization prepares you for careers working with children and their families in non-public school settings or in agencies which provide services to children and families.

In addition, for both specializations, we offer approved courses toward credentials to serve infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Learn More.

Child and Family Services Minor

The minor in Child and Family Services is designed to provide students with basic knowledge in early childhood and family studies. The selection of coursework is flexible so that courses can be adapted to the special interests of students with diverse backgrounds and goals. Students are expected to honor all prerequisites in their selection of courses. A minimum of 18 hours of coursework is required. For more information, contact the Early Childhood Advisor in the College of Education and Human Services Advisement Office at 618-453-6340 or visit room 122 in the Wham Education Building.