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Major Requirements

Course Requirements

Introductory Courses: 30 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Choose one of the following Concentrations:

  • ESL Concentration Courses: 32 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

*Individuals seeking both bilingual and ESL endorsements on the Professional Educator License (PEL) must complete one additional course to qualify for both endorsements and must take both: 

To be eligible for the bilingual endorsement, individuals also complete the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Target Language Proficiency (TLP) test in the non-English language.

Advanced Courses: 40 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Student Teaching: 12 quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required

Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures indicated in the college core section. EDU 95 indicates to the Illinois State Board of Education that all field experience hours are complete. All students also take ECE 387, Capstone Seminar with student teaching (listed in the Liberal Studies section) during the Autumn, Winter or Spring quarters. Early Childhood students complete 6 weeks in a preschool classroom and 6 weeks in a primary classroom

Learning Behavior Specialist Special Education Endorsement Courses

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: ECE 332, ECE 333, ECE 334, ECE 380.  Requirements are listed in the Endorsements section of the Course Catalog and are in addition to degree requirements.

Special Education Approval Courses

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: ECE 302, ECE 306, ECE 307, ECE 309, ECE 375.

Licensure Tests

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:

  • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (test #400) - assesses knowledge of reading comprehension, language arts, writing, and math. Test must be passed one quarter prior to Student Teaching. *Check with your advisor about qualifying for a waiver with acceptable ACT or SAT tests.
  • Early Childhood Content Area Test (test #107) – assesses knowledge of the content of what is taught at the early childhood level including language and literacy development, learning across the curriculum, diversity, collaboration, and professionalism in the early childhood program. Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply).
  • EdTPA - assessment conducted during the student teaching experience including video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning and reflective commentaries. Students will submit an electronic portfolio to an outside agency for independent evaluation and a fee will be imposed by that agency as part of the assessment.

Non-Licensure Option

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:

  • Confirmation must be given by the individual in writing that they seek this option and agree to the stipulations.
  • A notation is placed on the transcript indicating that “completion of degree requirements did not lead to eligibility for licensure.”
  • Individuals have the option to return to the program within 1-2 years to complete student teaching and other licensure requirements and become eligible for the license (however, the transcript notation will remain).  This may require additional coursework or other requirements.
  • Individual must complete requirements for licensure (including any relevant tests) at the time of licensure application.
  • Coursework is chosen in consultation with faculty advisor and is based on individual’s prior coursework, experience, and interests and is individually tailored.
  • All coursework must be taken at DePaul; no transfer credit is allowed for substitutions.
  • Individuals must complete the specified coursework within 2 years or be subject to re-evaluation.
  • A minimum of 3 courses (12 credit hours) are required to substitute for the student teaching experience.  Coursework must be 200-300 level and receive a grade of C or better.

Developmental Therapy Option

These courses will prepare early childhood teacher candidates for a career requiring expertise in early intervention for infants and toddlers (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 credentials after submitting their transcripts. 

Optional Infant Toddler Courses

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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