Early Childhood Undergraduate Degree Program

The department offers three undergraduate degree options: BSED which leads to teacher licensure with an Early Childhood Endorsement, The Child Studies Option, and the Family Studies Option.  Chicago State University is an entitled institution through Gateways to Opportunity which provides credentials to candidates who complete the Licensure program option or the Child Studies Option.

Early Childhood BSED With Teacher Licensure Option

Completion of the Early Childhood Education Licensure program qualifies students for an Illinois Teaching License with an Endorsement in Early Childhood Education for grades Pre K-3, an ECE Credential Level 5, and the Infant Toddler Credential Level 2 through Gateways to Opportunity.

Certification requires successful completion of the state of Illinois Certification Examination in ICTS Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), Early Childhood Content Area Test, and Assessment of  Professional Teaching.

BSED Early Childhood Education Licensure Program- 124 credit hours total
General Education Courses (51 credit hours)
Composition (6cr hrs)
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
ENG 1270 3 Composition I None University Exams
ENG 1280 3 Composition II None University Exams
Humanities (9cr hrs)
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
CMAT 1130 or 2030 3 Oral Communication for professionals None None
ART 1100 or 2600 3 Art Appreciation None None
MUSIC 1134 3 Music Appreciation None None
Foreign Languages (6cr hrs)
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
Foreign Lang Sequence Level I 3 - None None
Foreign Lang Sequence Level II 3 - None Foreign Language Sequence Level I
Natural Sciences (9cr hrs)
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
BIO 1510 3 Concepts of Biol None 15cr hrs
PH S 1100 3 Pract Physics I w/ Lab None
BIO 1080 3 Bio Science Survey II w/ Lab None
or PH S 1140 3 Pract Earth & Space Science I Lect w/ Lab None
Social Sciences (15cr hrs)
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
HIST 1310 3 US History since1877 None Reading Exam
POL SC 1010 3 American National Government None None
GEOG 1100 3 Globalization & Diversity None None
PSYC 1100 3 Intro PSYC None None
PSYC *2040
*B grade or higher required
3 PSYC Childhood & Adol None PSYC 1100
Mathematics (6cr hrs)
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
MATH 1010 3 Math for Elementary Teachers I None University Exam or Math 0990
MATH 1020 3 Math for Elementary Teachers II None Math 1010
Area of Concentration (9 credit hours)*Discipline must be discussed with an advisor
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
*Course # 1 - 3 - None See Catalog
*Course # 2 - 3 - None See Catalog
*Course # 3 - 3 - None See Catalog
Professional Education Courses (39 credit hours)
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
ED 1500 1 COE Seminar None University Exam
ED 1520 2 Introduction to Teaching 15hrs University Exam
ED 4312 3 Educational Computing None ED 1500
READ 3700 3 Foundations in Reading Instruction None University Exam/
Read 1500
ECH 4000 3 Foundations for Instruction in Early Childhood Education None University Exam
ECH 4001 3 History and Philosophy of Early Childhood Education None ED 1520
ECH 4002 3 The Young Child 15hrs PSYC 2040
*grade B or better required
ECH 4304 3 Infant/Toddler Development and Programming None PSYC 2040
*grade B or better required
ECH 4170 3 Nutrition, Health and Safety of the Young Child None PSYC 2040
*grade B or better required
ECH 4310 3 Literature for the young child None University Exam
ECH 4850 3 Screening, Assessment, and Evaluation of Young Children See Syllabus ECH 4002
S ED 4301 3 Characteristics of Exceptional Children 15hrs PSYC 2040
*grade B or better required
ECH 4009 3 Speech & Language Development None ECH 4000, 4001, 4002 & 4850
ECH 4150 3 Child, Family  & Community Relationship None ECH 4000, 4001, 4002 & 4850
*Professional Education Methods Courses ( 25 credit hours)
*Courses below may only be taken after you have passed the state Test of Academic Proficiency (T.A.P. Exam formerly known as the Basic Skills Test)
Required of all teacher candidates. Candidates must apply and have been accepted into the College of Education
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
All require admission into COE
*S ED 4303 2 Teaching Students with Exceptional Needs 15cr hrs S ED 4301
*ECH 4008 3 Creative Experiences in Early Childhood Education None ECH 4002/ ART/MUS
*ECH 4120 3 Reading and Language Arts for Young Children None ECH 4009
*ECH 4180 4 Methods of Instruction at the Pre-Primary Level None ECH 4002
*ECH 4319 4 Methods of Instruction at the Primary Level None ECH 4002
*ECH 4740 3 Field Practicum in Early Childhood Education 100hrs Completion of a minimum of two of the following courses: ECH 4008, 4120, 4180, 4319
*ECH 4750 6 Student Teaching 400+ ECH 4740, COE Admit/GPA 2.5 cum, 3.0 professional courses

Early Childhood Child Studies Option

The Child Studies Option prepares students to work with children and families in a variety of non-public school early childhood settings such as social service and governmental agencies, parks and recreation departments, and private schools. Students prepare for a variety of leadership positions: practitioner in a child care setting, education and parent coordinator, program director, child abuse specialist, early childhood advocate and for agency positions such as state licensing representative with the  Illinois Department of Children and Family Services or Department of Human Services. Completion of the Child Studies Option program qualifies students for an BSED degree in Early Childhood Education and a Illinois Director Credential Level II, ECE Credential Level 5, Infant Toddler Credential Level 2

BSED Early Childhood Child Studies Option- 123 credit hours total
Non-Licensure Program General Education Courses (51 credit hours)
Composition (6cr hrs)
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
ENG 1270 3 Composition I None University Exams
ENG 1280 3 Composition II None University Exams
Humanities (12cr hrs)
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
CMAT 1130 or 2030 3 Oral Communication for professionals None None
ART 1100 or 2600 3 Art Appreciation None None
MUSIC 1134 3 Music Appreciation None None
ENG 1260 3 Eng Literature None None
Foreign Languages (6cr hrs)
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
Foreign Lang Sequence Level I 3 - None None
Foreign Lang Sequence Level II 3 - None Foreign Language Sequence Level I
Natural Sciences (9cr hrs)
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
BIO 1510 3 Concepts of Biol None 15cr hrs
PH SCI 1100 3 Pract Physics I w/ Lab None
BIO 1080 3 Bio Science Survey II w/ Lab None
or PH SC 1140 3 Pract Earth & Space Science I Lect w/ Lab None
Social Sciences (12cr hrs)
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
HIST or POL 1310 or 1010 3 US History since1877/ American National Government None Reading Exam
GEOG 1100 3 Globalization & Diversity None None
PSYC 1100 3 Intro PSYC None None
PSYC *2040
*B grade or higher required
3 PSYC Childhood & Adol None PSYC 1100
Mathematics (6cr hrs)
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
MATH 1010 3 Math for Elementary Teachers I None University Exam or Math 0990
MATH 1020 3 Math for Elementary Teachers II None Math 1010
Area of Concentration (18 credit hours)*Discipline must be discussed with an advisor
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
*Course # 1 - 3 - None See Catalog
*Course # 2 - 3 - None See Catalog
*Course # 3 - 3 - None See Catalog
*Course # 4 - 3 - None See Catalog
*Course # 5 - 3 - None See Catalog
*Course # 6 - 3 - None See Catalog
Professional Education Courses (36 credit hours)
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
ED 1500 1 COE Seminar None University Exam
ED 1520 2 Introduction to Teaching 15hrs University Exam
ED 4312 3 Educational Computing None ED 1500
ECH 4000 3 Foundations for Instruction in Early Childhood Education None University Exam
ECH 4001 3 History and Philosophy of Early Childhood Education None ED 1520
ECH 4002 3 The Young Child 15hrs PSYC 2040
*grade B or better required
ECH 4304 3 Infant/Toddler Development and Programming None PSYC 2040
*grade B or better required
ECH 4170 3 Nutrition, Health and Safety of the Young Child None PSYC 2040
*grade B or better required
ECH 4310 3 Literature for the young child None University Exam
ECH 4850 3 Screening, Assessment, and Evaluation of Young Children See syllabus ECH 4002
S ED 4301 3 Characteristics of Exceptional Children 15hrs PSYC 2040
*grade B or better required
ECH 4009 3 Speech & Language Development None ECH 4000, 4001, 4002 & 4850
ECH 4150 3 Child, Family  & Community Relationship None ECH 4000, 4001, 4002 & 4850
ECH 4220 3 Admin & Supervision See syllabus ECH 4002
*Professional Education Methods Courses ( 18 credit hours)
*Courses below may only be taken after you have passed the state Test of Academic Proficiency (T.A.P. Exam formerly known as the Basic Skills Test)
Required of all teacher candidates. Candidates must apply and have been accepted into the College of Education
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
All require admission into COE
*S ED 4303 2 Teaching Students with Exceptional Needs 15hrs S ED 4301
*ECH 4008 3 Creative Experiences in Early Childhood Education None ECH 4002/ ART/MUS
*ECH 4180 4 Methods of Instruction at the Pre-Primary Level None ECH 4002
ECH 4640 3 Clinical Experiences in Early Childhood Education 100 hrs Completion of a minimum of two of the following courses: ECH 4008, 4150, 4180
ECH 4650 6 Field Practicum in Early Childhood 400+ ECH 4640, COE Admit/GPA 2.5 cum, 3.0 professional courses

Early Childhood Family Studies Option

Completion of the Family Studies (Non-Teaching) Option provides candidates with a background in family functions and needs and prepares them for positions such as parent coordinator, family service provider in Head Start, child care and State-Funded Prekindergarten programs and for agency positions such as state licensing representative or children and family service intern with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services or Department of Human Services.

BSED Early Childhood Education Family Studies Option-120 credit hours total
Non-Teaching Program General Education Courses (51 credit hours)
Composition (6cr hrs)
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
ENG 1270 3 Composition I None University Exams
ENG 1280 3 Composition II None University Exams
Humanities (9cr hrs)
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
CMAT 1130 or 2030 3 Oral Communication for professionals None None
ART 1100 or 2600 3 Art Appreciation None None
MUSIC 1134 3 Music Appreciation None None
Foreign Languages (6cr hrs)
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
Foreign Lang Sequence Level I 3 - None None
Foreign Lang Sequence Level II 3 - None Foreign Language Sequence Level I
Natural Sciences (9cr hrs)
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
BIO 1510 3 Concepts of Biol None 15cr hrs
PH SCI 1100 3 Pract Physics I w/ Lab None
BIO 1080 3 Bio Science Survey II w/ Lab None
or PH SC 1140 3 Pract Earth & Space Science I Lect w/ Lab None
Social Sciences (15cr hrs)
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
HIST 1310 3 US History since1877 None Reading Exam
POL SC 1010 3 American National Government None None
GEOG 1100 3 Globalization & Diversity None None
PSYC 1100 3 Intro PSYC None None
PSYC *2040
*B grade or higher required
3 PSYC Childhood & Adol None PSYC 1100
Mathematics (6cr hrs)
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
MATH 1010 3 Math for Elementary Teachers I None University Exam or Math 0990
MATH 1020 3 Math for Elementary Teachers II None Math 1010
Area of Concentration (9 credit hours)*Discipline must be discussed with an advisor
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
*Course # 1 - 3 - None See Catalog
*Course # 2 - 3 - None See Catalog
*Course # 3 - 3 - None See Catalog
Professional Education Courses (60 credit hours)
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
ED 1500 1 COE Seminar None University Exam
ED 1520 2 Introduction to Teaching 15hrs University Exam
ED 4312 3 Educational Computing None ED 1500
READ 3700 3 Foundations in Reading Instruction None University Exam/
Read 1500
ECH 4000 3 Foundations for Instruction in Early Childhood Education None University Exam
ECH 4001 3 History and Philosophy of Early Childhood Education None ED 1520
ECH 4002 3 The Young Child 15hrs PSYC 2040
*grade B or better required
ECH 4304 3 Infant/Toddler Development and Programming None PSYC 2040
*grade B or better required
ECH 4170 3 Nutrition, Health and Safety of the Young Child None PSYC 2040
*grade B or better required
ECH 4310 3 Literature for the young child None University Exam
ECH 4850 3 Screening, Assessment, and Evaluation of Young Children See Syllabus ECH 4002
S ED 4301 3 Characteristics of Exceptional Children 15hrs PSYC 2040
*grade B or better required
ECH 4220 3 Admin/Supervision See Syllabus ECH 4002
PSYC 2300 3 Cultural PSYC None PSYC 1100 & 2040
PSYC 3300 3 PSYC Parenting None PSYC 1100 & 2040
PSYC 3260 3 Child Abuse None PSYC 1100 & 2040
PSYC 4203 3 Community & Domestic Violence None PSYC 1100 & 2040
ECH 4150 3 Child, Family & Community Relationship None ECH 4000, 4001, 4002 & 4850
ECH 4640 3 Clinical Experiences in Early Childhood Education 100hrs Completion of a minimum of two of the following courses: ECH 4008, 4150, 4180
ECH 4650 6 Field Practicum in Early Childhood 400+ ECH 4640, COE Admit/GPA 2.5 cum, 3.0 professional courses