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NEW: Major in Educating Young Children (EYC)

This major will launch in Fall Term 2017. For information about Elmhurst’s existing early childhood program, see Major in Early Childhood Education.

Elmhurst College’s innovative new program in Educating Young Children prepares students to teach children from birth to grade 2. Graduates will earn both an English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement and a letter of approval for special education, making them highly marketable as teachers.

Students in the Educating Young Children program begin their in-school clinical experiences early in their education, with close supervision and coordination from faculty. Courses are offered in term-length “blocks,” with each block devoted to a different developmental level.

All candidates will earn the Early Childhood license with a Letter of Approval for Early Childhood Special Education and English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement. Courses being applied toward licensure must earn grades of C (2.0) or higher. 

All students graduating with a degree in Early Childhood education will be eligible to receive the Gateways to Opportunity Level 5 Credential in Early Childhood. Students may be eligible for the Level 5 Infant-Toddler Credential with appropriate course work. Applications for these credentials must be made through the Gateways to Opportunities Program upon completion of the degree program.

The new program is fully aligned with the State of Illinois’s new licensure requirements.

Recommended Course Sequence

FIRST YEAR
Fall Term
ENG 105 Composition
Integrated Curriculum Requirements

Spring Term
EDU 104 Cultural Foundations of Education in the United States
ENG 106 Composition
Integrated Curriculum Requirements

SECOND YEAR
Fall Term
EDU 223 Education of PK-12 Learners with Exceptionalities
MTH 325 Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers I
Integrated Curriculum Requirements

Spring Term
MTH 326 Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers II (.50 credit)
TEL 204 Cross Cultural Studies fornTeaching English Language Learners
Integrated Curriculum Requirements

THIRD YEAR
Fall Term (Block 1)
EYC 300 Introduction to Curriculum, Planning and Instruction for Birth-5 (.75 credit)
EYC 301 Practicum I Birth-3 Natural Environments (.25 credit)
EYC 321 Early Intervention Methods (.50 credit)
EYC 323 Typical/Atypical Infant Toddler Assessment (.50 credit)
EYC 326 Typical/Atypical Development of the Young Child (.75 credit)
EYC 327 Typical/Atypical Language Development and Emergent Literacy (.75 credit)
EYC 328 Family & Community Relationships (.75 credit)

January Term
TEL 212 Theoretical Foundations (.75 credit)

Spring Term (Block 2)
EYC 350 Curriculum, Instruction & Assistive Technology (.75 credit)
EYC 352 Practicum II in Early Childhood Education (.25 credit)
EYC 416 STEAM Curriculum for 3-5 Year Olds (.75 credit)
EYC 412 Assessing Young Children (.75 credit)
EYC 414 Early Childhood Special Education Methods (.75 credit)
Elective: EYC 318 Early Intervention Internship & Seminar (.50 credit)
TEL 317 Methods & Materials for Teaching English Language Learners (.75 credit)
TEL 319 Linguistics in Second Language Learning (.75 credit)

FOURTH YEAR
Fall Term (Block 3)
EYC 314 Elementary Methods & Materials for Literacy Learners in Diverse Primary Classrooms (.75 credit)
EYC 341 Primary Classroom Methods in Elementary Mathematics, Science and Social Science
EYC 450 Practicum III-Collaboration and Professional Practice
EYC 419 Evidence-Based Elementary Classroom Assessment and Learning Environments (.75 credit)
TEL 439 Assessment of English Language Learners (.75 credit)
TEL 448 Action Research and Application of Bilingual Methods I (.50 credit)

Spring Term (Block 4)
ECE 454 A and B Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education Special Education (two 1.50 credits)
EYC 498 Early Childhood Capstone Seminar (.25 credit)
TEL 449 Action Research and Application of Bilingual Methods II (.25 credit)
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