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Choose Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Practice program from National Louis University if you:

  • Want to work in child care, infant/toddler care, early childhood social service or other settings that do not require state licensure
  • Want to obtain up to three statewide, widely-recognized Gateways to Professional Opportunity credentials, including the ECE Level 5, Infant Toddler Care Level 5 and the Family Child Care Level 5 and/or the Illinois Director Credential Level II.
  • Are looking for a well-established and highly regarded program
  • Would like to study with a group of students who will work together and support one another throughout the program

Graduates Qualify To:

  • Work in programs serving children from birth to 5 years old, if those programs do not require licensure, but do require Gateways to Opportunity Credentials
  • Work in environments requiring an early childhood education background, and coursework relevant to supporting infant/toddler development and working with families

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Early Childhood Learning, Growth & Development 
  • Understanding Infant & Toddler Development 
  • Planning for Quality Infant\Toddler Programs 
  • Curriculum in Infant\Toddler Programs 
  • Integrated Preprimary Methodology in Early Childhood Education 
  • Early Language and Literature Development 
  • Positive Guidance in Early Childhood Environments 
  • Early Intervention and Screening for Infants & Toddlers 
  • Cultural Responsiveness tor Families of Infants/Toddlers 
  • Teaching and Learning in Diverse Early Childhood Environments 
  • Teacher Education Practicum 
  • Teacher Preparation Curriculum and Assessment 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete and submit your NLU application.
  • Be certain that you meet the admission requirements for your program of study.
  • You must have all of your secondary, college and university foreign transcripts evaluated by one of NLU's approved foreign credential evaluation agencies. The course-by-course evaluation must verify degree equivalency of a level of education equivalent of a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.
  • Proof of English language proficiency is required.
  • The person(s) paying your tuition and living expenses while you attend NLU must complete and sign an affidavit of support.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10260 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10260 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    10260 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10260 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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