Early Childhood programs at SIUE offer both full-time and part-time options that lead to initial teacher licensure in Illinois to work with children birth to second 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.
The Illinois initial early childhood teaching license provides licensure for teaching children from birth through grade 2; the initial elementary teaching certification provides license for teaching grades 1-6; and the initial secondary teacher certification provides license for teaching grades 6 through 12. The endorsement to teach middle school (grades 6 through 8) can be obtained through the elementary or secondary teacher licensure programs.
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