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Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2)

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What is Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2)?

This major prepares you to teach children from birth to grade two. You’ll learn how to teach students subjects like reading and math as well as skills like studying and communicating with others. In addition, you’ll learn to assess students to evaluate their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses, working with them individually to overcome specific learning challenges.

Career Options

  • Child care
  • Elementary education
  • Parent education
  • Pediatric nursing
  • Preschool education

Post-Graduation Success1

80% employed or continuing education

79% employed after graduation

1% attending graduate school

$41,372 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Chicago Public Schools, Champaign Unit 4 School District, Naperville Community Unit School District 203

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Midwestern University, University of California, Los Angeles

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

23 - 29 ACT Score

1150 - 1340 SAT Score

3.22 - 3.67 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,008
  • Total: $31,012

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $28,606
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,348
  • Total: $47,922

International

  • Tuition: $29,480
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,348
  • Total: $48,796
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