Early Childhood Education at SIUE
Early childhood programs in the Department of Teaching and Learning at SIUE offer both full-time and part-time options that lead to initial teacher licensure in Illinois to work with children birth to third grade. In addition, both programs offer a non-licensure option to work in infant/toddler and preschool settings that do not require teacher licensure. All programs in early childhood address national standards set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and the National Association for the Education of Young Children, as well as state standards set by the Illinois State Board of Education. At SIUE, we offer quality programs while keeping classes small, and providing personal attention and coursework that connects learned theory to practical experiences in schools.
Degrees Available at SIUE
- Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
- Birth to Grade 3 Licensure in the State of Illinois
- Early Childhood Education On-Site (EChOS) Program Available
Early Childhood On-Site (EChOS) Program
Early Childhood On-Site (EChOS) is a part-time program that prepares working adults to be early childhood educators in public and non-public school settings, birth to second grade. While students in this program have the same course requirements as students in the early childhood education program, courses are offered at off-campus locations. During fulfillment of student teaching requirements, students have the option to teach exclusively at the preschool level or at both the preschool and kindergarten through second grade levels.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the education field is expected to grow 12 percent through 2022 and teacher education programs at SIUE have an exceptional record of preparing highly effective early childhood, elementary, middle level, special education and secondary education teachers. Our graduates also pursue careers as parent educators, child development specialists, child service agency workers, child and family advocates, juvenile justice officers, and hospital play group directors, just to name a few.
SIUE’s teacher education programs foster teacher candidates’ ability to understand and meet professional responsibilities by modeling respect and value for diversity. Candidates create and engage their students in practices that develop awareness, understanding, respect and a valuing of the forms of diversity that exist in society and their importance in learning and teaching. The School of Education, Health and Human Behavior teacher education programs are dedicated to supporting all teacher education candidates, regardless of their economic or social status, and advocates for the rights of students free from discrimination based on race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, ability or age.