Early Childhood Undergraduate Degree Program

The department offers three undergraduate degree options: BSED which leads to teacher licensure with an Early Childhood Endorsement, The Child Studies Option, and the Family Studies Option.  Chicago State University is an entitled institution through Gateways to Opportunity which provides credentials to candidates who complete the Licensure program option or the Child Studies Option.

Early Childhood BSED With Teacher Licensure Option

Completion of the Early Childhood Education Licensure program qualifies students for an Illinois Teaching License with an Endorsement in Early Childhood Education for grades Pre K-3, an ECE Credential Level 5, and the Infant Toddler Credential Level 2 through Gateways to Opportunity.

Certification requires successful completion of the state of Illinois Certification Examination in ICTS Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), Early Childhood Content Area Test, and Assessment of  Professional Teaching.

BSED Early Childhood Education Licensure Program- 124 credit hours total
General Education Courses (51 credit hours)
Composition (6cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
ENG12703Composition INoneUniversity Exams
ENG12803Composition IINoneUniversity Exams
Humanities (9cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
CMAT1130 or 20303Oral Communication for professionalsNoneNone
ART1100 or 26003Art AppreciationNoneNone
MUSIC11343Music AppreciationNoneNone
Foreign Languages (6cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
Foreign Lang SequenceLevel I3-NoneNone
Foreign Lang SequenceLevel II3-NoneForeign Language Sequence Level I
Natural Sciences (9cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
BIO15103Concepts of BiolNone15cr hrs
PH S11003Pract Physics Iw/ LabNone
BIO10803Bio Science Survey IIw/ LabNone
or PH S11403Pract Earth & Space Science I Lect w/ LabNone
Social Sciences (15cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
HIST13103US History since1877NoneReading Exam
POL SC10103American National GovernmentNoneNone
GEOG11003Globalization & DiversityNoneNone
PSYC11003Intro PSYCNoneNone
PSYC*2040
*B grade or higher required
3PSYC Childhood & AdolNonePSYC 1100
Mathematics (6cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
MATH10103Math for Elementary Teachers INoneUniversity Exam or Math 0990
MATH10203Math for Elementary Teachers IINoneMath 1010
Area of Concentration (9 credit hours)*Discipline must be discussed with an advisor
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
*Course # 1-3-NoneSee Catalog
*Course # 2-3-NoneSee Catalog
*Course # 3-3-NoneSee Catalog
Professional Education Courses (39 credit hours)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
ED15001COE SeminarNoneUniversity Exam
ED15202Introduction to Teaching15hrsUniversity Exam
ED43123Educational ComputingNoneED 1500
READ37003Foundations in Reading InstructionNoneUniversity Exam/
Read 1500
ECH40003Foundations for Instruction in Early Childhood EducationNoneUniversity Exam
ECH40013History and Philosophy of Early Childhood EducationNoneED 1520
ECH40023The Young Child15hrsPSYC 2040
*grade B or better required
ECH43043Infant/Toddler Development and ProgrammingNonePSYC 2040
*grade B or better required
ECH41703Nutrition, Health and Safety of the Young ChildNonePSYC 2040
*grade B or better required
ECH43103Literature for the young childNoneUniversity Exam
ECH48503Screening, Assessment, and Evaluation of Young ChildrenSee SyllabusECH 4002
S ED43013Characteristics of Exceptional Children15hrsPSYC 2040
*grade B or better required
ECH 40093Speech & Language Development NoneECH 4000, 4001, 4002 & 4850
ECH 41503Child, Family  & Community Relationship NoneECH 4000, 4001, 4002 & 4850
*Professional Education Methods Courses ( 25 credit hours)
*Courses below may only be taken after you have passed the state Test of Academic Proficiency (T.A.P. Exam formerly known as the Basic Skills Test)
Required of all teacher candidates. Candidates must apply and have been accepted into the College of Education
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
All require admission into COE
*S ED43032Teaching Students with Exceptional Needs15cr hrsS ED 4301
*ECH40083Creative Experiences in Early Childhood EducationNoneECH 4002/ ART/MUS
*ECH41203Reading and Language Arts for Young ChildrenNoneECH 4009
*ECH41804Methods of Instruction at the Pre-Primary LevelNoneECH 4002
*ECH43194Methods of Instruction at the Primary LevelNoneECH 4002
*ECH47403Field Practicum in Early Childhood Education 100hrsCompletion of a minimum of two of the following courses: ECH 4008, 4120, 4180, 4319
*ECH47506Student Teaching400+ECH 4740, COE Admit/GPA 2.5 cum, 3.0 professional courses

Early Childhood Child Studies Option

The Child Studies Option prepares students to work with children and families in a variety of non-public school early childhood settings such as social service and governmental agencies, parks and recreation departments, and private schools. Students prepare for a variety of leadership positions: practitioner in a child care setting, education and parent coordinator, program director, child abuse specialist, early childhood advocate and for agency positions such as state licensing representative with the  Illinois Department of Children and Family Services or Department of Human Services. Completion of the Child Studies Option program qualifies students for an BSED degree in Early Childhood Education and a Illinois Director Credential Level II, ECE Credential Level 5, Infant Toddler Credential Level 2

BSED Early Childhood Child Studies Option- 123 credit hours total
Non-Licensure Program General Education Courses (51 credit hours)
Composition (6cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
ENG12703Composition INoneUniversity Exams
ENG12803Composition IINoneUniversity Exams
Humanities (12cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
CMAT1130 or 20303Oral Communication for professionalsNoneNone
ART1100 or 26003Art AppreciationNoneNone
MUSIC11343Music AppreciationNoneNone
ENG12603Eng LiteratureNoneNone
Foreign Languages (6cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
Foreign Lang SequenceLevel I3-NoneNone
Foreign Lang SequenceLevel II3-NoneForeign Language Sequence Level I
Natural Sciences (9cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
BIO15103Concepts of BiolNone15cr hrs
PH SCI11003Pract Physics Iw/ LabNone
BIO10803Bio Science Survey IIw/ LabNone
or PH SC11403Pract Earth & Space Science I Lect w/ LabNone
Social Sciences (12cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
HIST or POL1310 or 10103US History since1877/ American National GovernmentNoneReading Exam
GEOG11003Globalization & DiversityNoneNone
PSYC11003Intro PSYCNoneNone
PSYC*2040
*B grade or higher required
3PSYC Childhood & AdolNonePSYC 1100
Mathematics (6cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
MATH10103Math for Elementary Teachers INoneUniversity Exam or Math 0990
MATH10203Math for Elementary Teachers IINoneMath 1010
Area of Concentration (18 credit hours)*Discipline must be discussed with an advisor
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
*Course # 1-3-NoneSee Catalog
*Course # 2-3-NoneSee Catalog
*Course # 3-3-NoneSee Catalog
*Course # 4-3-NoneSee Catalog
*Course # 5-3-NoneSee Catalog
*Course # 6-3-NoneSee Catalog
Professional Education Courses (36 credit hours)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
ED15001COE SeminarNoneUniversity Exam
ED15202Introduction to Teaching15hrsUniversity Exam
ED43123Educational ComputingNoneED 1500
ECH40003Foundations for Instruction in Early Childhood EducationNoneUniversity Exam
ECH40013History and Philosophy of Early Childhood EducationNoneED 1520
ECH40023The Young Child15hrsPSYC 2040
*grade B or better required
ECH43043Infant/Toddler Development and ProgrammingNonePSYC 2040
*grade B or better required
ECH41703Nutrition, Health and Safety of the Young ChildNonePSYC 2040
*grade B or better required
ECH43103Literature for the young childNoneUniversity Exam
ECH48503Screening, Assessment, and Evaluation of Young ChildrenSee syllabusECH 4002
S ED43013Characteristics of Exceptional Children15hrsPSYC 2040
*grade B or better required
ECH 40093Speech & Language Development NoneECH 4000, 4001, 4002 & 4850
ECH 41503Child, Family  & Community Relationship NoneECH 4000, 4001, 4002 & 4850
ECH42203Admin & SupervisionSee syllabusECH 4002
*Professional Education Methods Courses ( 18 credit hours)
*Courses below may only be taken after you have passed the state Test of Academic Proficiency (T.A.P. Exam formerly known as the Basic Skills Test)
Required of all teacher candidates. Candidates must apply and have been accepted into the College of Education
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
All require admission into COE
*S ED43032Teaching Students with Exceptional Needs15hrsS ED 4301
*ECH40083Creative Experiences in Early Childhood Education NoneECH 4002/ ART/MUS
*ECH41804Methods of Instruction at the Pre-Primary Level NoneECH 4002
ECH46403Clinical Experiences in Early Childhood Education 100 hrsCompletion of a minimum of two of the following courses: ECH 4008, 4150, 4180
ECH46506Field Practicum in Early Childhood 400+ ECH 4640, COE Admit/GPA 2.5 cum, 3.0 professional courses

Early Childhood Family Studies Option

Completion of the Family Studies (Non-Teaching) Option provides candidates with a background in family functions and needs and prepares them for positions such as parent coordinator, family service provider in Head Start, child care and State-Funded Prekindergarten programs and for agency positions such as state licensing representative or children and family service intern with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services or Department of Human Services.

BSED Early Childhood Education Family Studies Option-120 credit hours total
Non-Teaching Program General Education Courses (51 credit hours)
Composition (6cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
ENG12703Composition INoneUniversity Exams
ENG12803Composition IINoneUniversity Exams
Humanities (9cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
CMAT1130 or 20303Oral Communication for professionalsNoneNone
ART1100 or 26003Art AppreciationNoneNone
MUSIC11343Music AppreciationNoneNone
Foreign Languages (6cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
Foreign Lang SequenceLevel I3-NoneNone
Foreign Lang SequenceLevel II3-NoneForeign Language Sequence Level I
Natural Sciences (9cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
BIO15103Concepts of BiolNone15cr hrs
PH SCI11003Pract Physics Iw/ LabNone
BIO10803Bio Science Survey IIw/ LabNone
or PH SC11403Pract Earth & Space Science I Lect w/ LabNone
Social Sciences (15cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
HIST13103US History since1877NoneReading Exam
POL SC10103American National GovernmentNoneNone
GEOG11003Globalization & DiversityNoneNone
PSYC11003Intro PSYCNoneNone
PSYC*2040
*B grade or higher required
3PSYC Childhood & AdolNonePSYC 1100
Mathematics (6cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
MATH10103Math for Elementary Teachers INoneUniversity Exam or Math 0990
MATH10203Math for Elementary Teachers IINoneMath 1010
Area of Concentration (9 credit hours)*Discipline must be discussed with an advisor
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
*Course # 1-3-NoneSee Catalog
*Course # 2-3-NoneSee Catalog
*Course # 3-3-NoneSee Catalog
Professional Education Courses (60 credit hours)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
ED15001COE SeminarNoneUniversity Exam
ED15202Introduction to Teaching15hrsUniversity Exam
ED43123Educational ComputingNoneED 1500
READ37003Foundations in Reading InstructionNoneUniversity Exam/
Read 1500
ECH40003Foundations for Instruction in Early Childhood EducationNoneUniversity Exam
ECH40013History and Philosophy of Early Childhood EducationNoneED 1520
ECH40023The Young Child15hrsPSYC 2040
*grade B or better required
ECH43043Infant/Toddler Development and ProgrammingNonePSYC 2040
*grade B or better required
ECH41703Nutrition, Health and Safety of the Young ChildNonePSYC 2040
*grade B or better required
ECH43103Literature for the young childNoneUniversity Exam
ECH48503Screening, Assessment, and Evaluation of Young ChildrenSee SyllabusECH 4002
S ED43013Characteristics of Exceptional Children15hrsPSYC 2040
*grade B or better required
ECH 42203Admin/SupervisionSee SyllabusECH 4002
PSYC23003Cultural PSYCNonePSYC 1100 & 2040
PSYC33003PSYC ParentingNonePSYC 1100 & 2040
PSYC32603Child AbuseNonePSYC 1100 & 2040
PSYC42033Community & Domestic ViolenceNonePSYC 1100 & 2040
ECH 41503Child, Family & Community Relationship NoneECH 4000, 4001, 4002 & 4850
ECH46403Clinical Experiences in Early Childhood Education 100hrsCompletion of a minimum of two of the following courses: ECH 4008, 4150, 4180
ECH46506Field Practicum in Early Childhood 400+ ECH 4640, COE Admit/GPA 2.5 cum, 3.0 professional courses