Early Childhood Education
Changes to Early Childhood Education Programs
The Illinois State Board of Education is requiring all Illinois Colleges and Universities that offer Early Childhood Education licensure programs to redesign their current program. As a result, Saint Xavier University's School of Education's current Early Childhood Education programs will be ending in spring 2019.
In order to maintain compliance with ISBE rules, the last semester that a currently enrolled student will be allowed to student teach under the existing program is spring 2019. Students will need to make sure they stay on track in their current course of study in order to meet the deadline for program completion. Current Early Childhood students have been notified of this program change via email and were encouraged to meet with their advisor to map out a plan to comply with the student teaching deadline.
No new candidates are eligible for enrollment in the current program beginning with the fall 2017 academic term.
Program redesign and the start of a new Early Childhood program is currently in-progress. The target date for having new undergraduate and graduate Early Childhood programs in-place is fall 2018.
The Early Childhood Education program prepares candidates to teach children from birth through third grade. Completion of the program prepares candidates to pursue a professional educator license with an endorsement in early childhood education (Birth - grade 3) in the state of Illinois.
The program consists of:
- Professional Education Courses
- General Education Courses
- Area of Concentration Courses
Requirements for Degree
Candidates majoring in the early childhood program in education must complete the following requirements:
Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and grades of C or better in all coursework
Complete a minimum of 40 credit hours in professional education coursework;
Complete a minimum of 18 credit hours in ESL coursework; and
- Complete all University core requirements.
Candidates also have the option of earning an early childhood special education letter of approval.