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. You’ll learn to assess students to test their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. You'll also work with them to overcome specific learning challenges.
Our Early Childhood Professional Education Program, which is specifically for transfer applicants, is designed to make higher education more accessible and address the shortage of early childhood teachers and educators in the state. This 2.5-year degree program meets all requirements of the Illinois Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity Act (ECACE). Two concentrations, licensure and non-licensure, are available. Please review the admissions requirements and general information about the program prior to applying.
87% employed or continuing education
84% employed after graduation
3% attending graduate school
$41,112 average starting annual income
Sample employer destinations: Chicago Public Schools, Champaign Unit 4 School District, Urbana School District 116 View All
Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Midwestern University, Illinois State University View All
3.8 years to degree
91% first-year retention rate
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