College of Education > Academics > Teacher Education > Graduate Programs > Early Childhood Education (MA/MEd) > Degree Requirements
The requirements below are those approved by the Illinois State Board of Education in April 2016.
Following the requirements set forth by the Illinois State Board of Education in spring of 2016, DePaul’s Early Childhood Education program requires that students in the early childhood education program have courses in each of the following areas:
These courses may be taken at the undergraduate level and may have been included in the student’s bachelor’s degree program. Early childhood education students' transcripts will be evaluated by an academic advisor after admission to determine if additional coursework is needed. Completion of content area requirements is not a prerequisite for admission; however, coursework must be completed before student teaching. It is strongly encouraged that applicants meet with an advisor after admission and prior to taking content courses.
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.
This requirement can be met by completing T&L 615 (Child Health Safety & Nutrition), or an equivalent course taken at the undergraduate or graduate level outside of DePaul. Consult a faculty advisor to determine whether a prior course fulfills this content requirement.
T&L 407 may be taken concurrently.
T&L 408 may be taken concurrently.
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: SER 431, SER 475, SER 476, SER 597. Requirements are listed in the Endorsements section of the Course Catalog and are in addition to degree requirements.
All students in ECE program will take 5 courses that are required for the degree. These courses will make ECE students who are seeking a PEL eligible to receive a letter of approval in early childhood special education. An approval in early childhood special education makes graduating ECE license holders eligible to work in preschool special education settings. Five special education courses are: T&L 406, T&L 411, T&L 421, T&L 423, T&L 427.
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.
Two infant toddler courses are available for special population or as elective for early childhood education students who seek additional specialty in infant/toddler education.
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