Graduate Degrees in Early Childhood-Primary Education

The department offers several graduate degrees in Early Childhood-Primary Education. The Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction/Early Childhood is available to both teacher licensed and non-licensed professionals in the field through the various options specified below.

An initial licensure with a master's degree, Master of Arts in Teaching, is also available for those individuals who have bachelor's degrees in other disciplines and want to acquire an Illinois Teaching License.

Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction/Early Childhood

Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degree. There is a six-year time limit from the date of first enrollment in graduate coursework to graduation.

The Master of Science in Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction  prepares students to work in a variety of professional positions (e.g., community college faculty level, program manager or director, education coordinator, child welfare worker, child advocate family specialist).

Option 1, the Master of Science in Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction, does not lead to teacher certification by entitlement or to certification by the State of Illinois through transcript evaluation.

Option 2, is restricted to candidates who hold a Illinois Type 04 or LBS1 Teaching Certificate.

Applicants whose undergraduate work has been completed in a discipline other than early childhood will be required to complete the following core knowledge/courses represented in Early Childhood: ECH 5000, 5001, 5020 and 5170. Courses must be completed within the first year after program admission.

Early Childhood Master of Science Degree in Curriculum and Instruction
Total of 33 Credit Hours
Professional Education Courses
Discipline Course Number Cr
Hrs
Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
ECH 5850 3 Screen/ Assessment/ Evaluation/ Young Child See Syllabus ECH 5020
ECH 5250 3 Contemporary Influences in ECH See Syllabus Consent of the Department
ECH 5270 3 Cognitive Dev. Theory None Restricted to Master's Degree Candidates
ECH 5280 3 Multidisciplinary Approach in ECH None Restricted to Master's Degree Candidates
ECH 5320 3 Curriculum for Pre School Prim Child None Restricted to Master's Degree Candidates
ECH 5440 3 Development in Infancy None Restricted to Master's Degree Candidates
ED 5960 3 Foundations of Ed. Research None Taken after completion of 24 semester hours in a master's program & consent of the department
ECEE 5462 3 Field Practicum 216hrs. (Half a semester) Restricted to Master's Degree Candidates
READ 5230 3 Best Practice in Emergent Literacy None Consent of the Department
ECEE 5466 3 Thesis None Taken after the completion of 24 credit hours in the program.
Elective - 3 - - To be agreed upon with advisor

Master of Arts in Teaching

The College of Education offers a master’s degree program leading to initial teacher certification in Early Childhood-Primary Education. The program prepares students who have undergraduate degrees in fields other than education to become certified early childhood teachers for grades pre-school through third . The program provides change-of-career students the professional skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary for successful teaching in urban schools. The curriculum is offered at the graduate level and qualifies program completers for an Illinois Teaching License with an Early Childhood Approval. The program requires field hours when school is in session,  in addition to 16 weeks of full-time student teaching or internship during the fall or spring semester.

The Master of Arts in Teaching has two options: one for Initial Licensure and one for subsequent endorsement in early childhood with a master's degree.

MAT in Early Childhood-Primary Education
Initial Licensure and Early Childhood Endorsement
Required Professional Education Courses
Discipline Course Number Cr
Hrs
Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
ED 5312 3 Teaching w/ Technology None Consent of the Department
ECH 5850 3 Screen/Assessment/Evaluation/Yg Child See Syllabus ECH 5002
ECH 5001 3 Ht/Phil Early Child Ed None ED 1520 & Consent of the Department
ECH 5170 3 Nut, Health, Safety Young Child None Consent of the Department
ECH 5020 3 Young Child 15 Consent of the Department
S ED 5301 3 Char Ex Child 15 Consent of the Department
ECH 5320 3 Curriculum for Pre School/Primary None Restricted to Master's Degree Candidates
ECH 5270 3 Cognitive Dev Theory None Restricted to Master's Degree candidates
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Discipline Course Number Cr
Hrs
Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
S ED 5303 2 Teaching  Students w/Exceptional Needs 15 S ED 5301 & Consent of the Department
ECH 5008 3 Creative Experience 15 ECH 5020 & Consent of the Department
ECH 5009 3 Speech/Lang Dev None ECH 5020 & Consent of the Department
ECH 5120 3 Reading/Language Arts 15 Consent of the Department
READ 5230 3 Best Practice in Emergent Literacy None Consent of the Department
ECH 5150 3 Child/Family/Com None ECH 5020 & Consent of the Department
ECH 5180 4 Pre-Prim Methods 20 ECH 5020 & Consent of the Department
ECH 5319 4 Primary Methods 20 ECH 5020 & Consent of the Department
ED 5960 3 Foundations Ed. Research None Taken after completion of 24 semester hours in a master's program & consent of the department
ED 5485 6 Student Teaching Full Semester
(432hrs)
Completion of all approved coursework, 3.0 grade GPA, passing score on the content area test