College of Education > Academics > Graduate Programs > Master's Programs > Early Childhood Education (MA/MEd) > Degree Requirements
Students must provide documentation of successful course completion
that shows they possess the requisite knowledge and skills to provide
appropriate content and experiences for young children from birth
through age 8 that reflect the interrelationships among health, safety,
and nutrition. In addition, students are expected to demonstrate an
understanding of cultural influences on young children’s health, safety,
and nutrition, and how to work with special needs children affected by
health impairments. Finally, students also must demonstrate their
familiarity with practices that promote good nutrition, dental health,
and the physical, social, and emotional well-being of young children.
Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures listed in the college core section.
T&L 480 provides experience with a population for whom highly qualified educators are in increased demand.
A master’s thesis is written to fulfill the requirements of this course. An oral examination on the thesis is required.
Teacher candidates seeking an endorsement in Bilingual or ESL can add the credential to the Professional Educator License (PEL) by taking additional courses. Requirements are listed in the Endorsements section of the Course Catalog and are in addition to degree requirements.
Individuals seeking an endorsement in Special Education (called LBS1-Learning Behavior Specialist ) can add the credential to the Professional Educator License (PEL) by taking additional courses. Courses are: LSI 431, LSI 475, LSI 476, LSI 597. Requirements are listed in the Endorsements section of the Course Catalog and are in addition to degree requirements.
Students seeking licensure by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to successfully complete a set of tests specific to the Early Childhood professional field:
Each student seeking licensure from the College of Education must complete supervised Internships in appropriate settings in conjunction with education courses. In addition, there are some courses, which might require certain hours of field experience to be completed, and /or have field assignments, which students are required to complete. Two internship-type field-based courses (T&L 481, T&L 482) are aligned with curriculum and instruction theory courses across the program. Each internship course requires completing 75 hours of field experience in its relevant grade level classroom. T&L 481 is taken concurrently with T&L 407. T&L 482 is taken concurrently with T&L 408. Since these internship courses are scheduled only once per academic year, be sure to work with your advisor in carefully mapping out when you will take them. For details on requirements, expectations, documentation, & courses in your program that require fieldwork hours, visit the College of Education website.
Individuals that do not desire a license or are not eligible for a license can seek to earn the degree without meeting licensure requirements. In seeking this option, individuals understand that the following stipulations apply:
These course, listed below, will prepare early childhood teacher candidates for a career requiring expertise in early intervention for infants and toddlers (e.g., from birth to age three) with special needs and their families. The coursework can be taken in additional to degree requirements, or if seeking the non-licensure option, can be taken to replace student teaching. After taking the required courses and earning the degree, individuals will be required to take a training workshop on the State of Illinois system of Early Intervention and apply directly to Provider Connections to receive their Developmental Therapy credentials after submitting their transcripts.
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