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Early Childhood Education, B.Sc.

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  • 48 months
Charleston, IL, United States
The Early Childhood Education major at EIU emphasizes educational practices in birth through third grade. Students who select this option will complete a subject matter area of concentration in Family and Consumer Sciences or Special Education. This option will lead to an Early Childhood Certificate (birth through third grade).


The B.S. in Early Childhood Education leads to teacher licensure with an Early Childhood (birth through grade 3) endorsement. Graduates are employed as teachers in pre-primary and primary classrooms as well as private preschool centers

Also, this major requires that all students (including native, transfer students from community colleges or senior institutions, internal transfers, and post-baccalaureate) follow and meet the requirements for Admission, Retention and Graduation from Teacher Licensure programs as described in the “Teacher Licensure Programs” section of this catalog and as explained at the University Admission to Teacher Education Meeting which all students must attend.

Additional information on Admission, Retention and Graduation for Teacher Licensure programs can be found on the College of Education & Professional Studies website at students must pass the Illinois Licensure Test of Academic Proficiency or document a composite score of 22 or higher, with combined English/Writing score of 19, on the ACT plus Writing for selection into teacher education and should complete this requirement no later than their sophomore year.Students must receive a “C” or better in all courses used toward graduation, regardless of where they are taken. This includes general education, professional education, major and minor course, all university required courses, and electives. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative and major GPA of 2.65 in order to continue in the program.


  • Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of College and Schools
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    121 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Professional Course Work (72 semester hours)
  • Art for Teachers in the Elementary Grades
  • Language Acquisition
  • Education in a Diverse Society: The Multilingual/Multicultural Classroom
  • Teaching and Learning with Technology in Classrooms
  • Introduction to Teaching as a Profession
  • The Whole Child: Teaching and Learning in the Educational Environment
  • Early Childhood Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment: Birth – Age Five
  • Early Childhood Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment in the Primary Grades (K-3)
  • Developmental Reading in Early Childhood
  • Assessing Student Learning: A Field-Based Experience
  • Content Area Reading in the Elementary, Middle and Secondary School
  • Teaching Science and Social Science in the Primary Grades (K-3)
  • Language and Language Arts in Early Childhood
  • Diagnostic-Prescriptive Reading Instruction
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students/English Language Learners: Instructional Methods
  • Children's Literature
  • Health Concepts for Teachers
  • Introduction to Elementary School Physical Education
  • Teaching Mathematics in Grades PreK-6
  • Music in Elementary Schools
  • Disabilities in the Context of Education and the Life Span
  • Education of Individuals with Exceptional Learning Needs
  • Multicultural/Disabilities Practicum
  • Student Teaching
Departmental Requirements (in addition to University General Education Requirements, 49 Semester hours)
  • The U.S. Constitution and the Nation
  • History of the United States to 1877
  • The World of Chemistry
  • Physics of the Modern World
  • Cultural Geography
  • Introduction to Anthropology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • Application for Admission
  • Official records (transcripts or mark sheets) beginning with secondary school. Transcripts must bear the seal and signature of the appropriate school official, and be accompanied by an official English translation if necessary. A minimum grade point average of a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. All transcripts become property of this University. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to submit course descriptions or syllabi as this information will greatly expedite the transfer process.
  • English Language Proficiency Requirement: Official TOEFL, IELTS, STEP EIKEN, Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), or iTEP Academic Plus Examination mailed directly from the respective testing service. The school code for Eastern Illinois University is 1199. Test results are valid for two years only. Required scores are listed here. Please note, conditional admission is possible for students who have not met the English requirement.
  • A completed International Student Financial Affidavit Form, documenting sufficient funding for the intended program of study. To see the total cost of one year of study, please see our Costs page.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $30.00 U.S. in the form of a check, certified check or money order made payable to Eastern Illinois University.
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      361 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 361 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      289 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 289 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
    • In-State

      289 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 289 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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    Estimated Cost:
    • Illinois & Border States: $20,756.28
    • Non-Border States: $22,916.28

    Living costs for Charleston

    • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
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