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Early Childhood Programs

In addition to applying for general admissions as an undergraduate student at SIUC, students interested in Early Childhood Education will also need to meet the following requirements or conditions:


Students must satisfactorily complete the requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program in order to begin their fieldwork in this major. To be eligible for student teaching, a student must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in the major; a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75; have completed the courses (outlined in the catalog) with a grade of C or better; have made preliminary application for student teaching; and be approved by the coordinator of the early childhood. Applications for student teaching must be submitted within the first two weeks of the semester during which the student is enrolled in Curriculum and Instruction 318.

An overall minimum GPA of 2.5 is required to register for the following major courses: Curriculum and Instruction 318, 405, 417, 418, and 419. To be eligible for the internship, the student must have attained a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the major, an overall GPA of 2.5, have completed the coursework outlined in the catalog with a grade of C or better, and have consent of the field experience instructor. A minimum of nine semester hours of course work from one of the recommended elective areas is also required prior to enrollment in the internship.

There are sequential steps for advancement in both specializations of the Early Childhood major. Such advancement is based not only on continued satisfactory academic performance, but also on acceptable professional behaviors that the faculty deem essential for competent and effective work with children and families. In order to assess mastery of these behaviors, students are continually evaluated on their performance in their courses and in the field.