Learning starts in infancy and continues throughout a person’s life. Research suggest that early learning experiences lead to later success and that early childhood education can make a dramatic impact on a child’s life. The field of early childhood education is exciting and rewarding. The early childhood education program at SIUE prepares teachers for educational settings from birth through third grade. The program combines field-based experiences with classroom learning in a variety of settings, including infant-toddler, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten-primary.
The early childhood education program at SIUE is delivered through a collaborative partnership agreement between SIUE and public school districts. Classroom teachers and university professors work together to provide early childhood education majors a unique opportunity to regularly interact with children from birth through third grade. This state-of-the-art program addresses both the standards set by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and state standards set by the Illinois State Board of Education. Currently, students in the early childhood program can easily take two additional courses to earn an early childhood special education approval.
In addition, the Early Childhood On-Site program (EChOS) allows students to complete the undergraduate program while still pursuing their present job. This program is part time and therefore will not follow the traditional four-year plan.
Graduates of the early childhood education program may work in private or public school settings in pre-kindergarten through third grade, early intervention and parent educators.
Office of Clinical Experiences, Certification and Advisement (OCECA)
Campus Box 1062, SIUE
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1062
Phone: (618) 650-3940
Fax: (618) 650-5468
Dr. Martha Latorre, Program Director
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Campus Box 1122, SIUE
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1122
Phone: (618) 650-2223