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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.