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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 their 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 Licensure, 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 in public and/or private school settings for licensure.

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

The SIU Early Childhood major with a specialization in Preschool/Primary leads to the State of Illinois Professional Educator’s License (PEL) with an endorsement in Early Childhood, which qualifies you to teach children 0-8 years of age in state-approved public school settings. The curriculum prepares students to work with preschoolers with a variety of disabilities. These courses are also approved to meet a number of requirements toward the Illinois Early Intervention credential. Coursework includes several field experiences with different ages from infants and toddlers to early elementary ages. Student teaching consists of 16 weeks in a public school. This specialization requires admittance into the SIU Teacher Education Program.

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

VIEW PROGRAM DETAILS | Preschool/Primary