College of Education > Academics > Teacher Education > Licensure & Endorsements > Early Childhood Endorsement
To be eligible for the Early Childhood Education Licensure program, students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
To apply, please submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admission:
The requirements below are those approved by the Illinois State Board of Education in April 2016.
T&L 407 may be taken concurrently.
T&L 408 may be taken concurrently.
Candidates should be prepared to document course or other experience that shows they meet the knowledge and skills to provide experiences for young, which appreciates the interrelationships among child, family and the areas of health, safety and nutrition. Candidates should demonstrate comprehension of the issues of health, safety and nutrition that affect young children from the ages of birth through age 8. In addition, candidates are expected to demonstrate understanding of cultural issues and special needs of children with health impairments. Finally candidates should be familiar with the knowledge and application of practices that promote good nutrition, dental health, 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.
All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license. Early Childhood majors must complete the following tests:
Each student seeking licensure from the College of Education/Professional Education Unit must complete supervised field experiences in appropriate settings in conjunction with education courses. The field experiences includes, two internships (T&L 481 and T&L 482 (K-2). Each internship requires students to be placed in the field for 75 hours in the quarter in which the internship is offered. Internships are associated with theory courses and should be taken concurrently or soon after successful completion of the related theory courses. In addition, students will complete 15 hours in a special education setting, and 15 hours in an infant/toddler setting. All field experiences must be completed prior to final approval for student teaching. Field experience hours should be entered by the student into the FEDS system when completing courses. FEDS entry of these clinical hours is not required. For details on requirements, expectations, documentation, & courses in your program that require hours, visit the College of Education website.
Please also view the college core requirements under the MA or MED for Early Childhood for additional requirements. Note that the Early Childhood Education Licensure program listed above does not lead to a degree.
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