Early Childhood Education

The early childhood education program prepares candidates to teach children from birth through Grade 3. Completion of the program leads to a bachelor of science degree and prepares candidates to pursue an Illinois Type 04 certificate. The program consists of: general education, area of concentration, and professional education courses that address requirements for graduation and the state of Illinois' requirements for certification.

The School of Education at Saint Xavier University has been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education to offer coursework for an early childhood special education letter of approval under the following conditions:

  1. An early childhood special education letter of approval can be issued only to an individual holding an early childhood certificate (Type 04) or a special preschool-age 21 certificate with an LBS I endorsement (Type 10). This approval allows these individuals to teach early childhood special education non-categorical for children up to the age of six.
  2. The following courses have been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education for satisfying the four required areas of coursework for an early childhood special education approval:
    • EDU 361 or EDUG 461;
    • EDU 328 or EDUG 432;
    • CSDI 305;
    • EDU 327 or EDUG 427.

General Education Courses

  1. Three (9) writing/communication skills courses, to include one (3) in written communication, one (3) in oral communication, and one (3) in literature.
  2. Two (6) mathematics courses above the intermediate algebra level. 
  3. Three (9) natural sciences courses, to include one life/biological science course, one physical sciences course, and one course must include a laboratory component.
  4. One (3) additional elective in either mathematics or science.
  5. Five (15) history/social science courses, to include one (3) in U.S. history, one (3) in U.S. government, one (3) in geography, one (3) additional elective in history, and one (3) elective in any social science.
  6. Two (6) literature and fine arts courses.
  7. One (2) health and physical development course.
  8. Philosophy 150 and one (3) elective in philosophy.
  9. Two (6) religious studies courses.
  10. Additional study in an approved area of concentration. This consists of (18) hours of study, (9) of which must be taken at the 200 level or higher at a 4-year institution. Approved single discipline areas are: art, biology, computer science, English, history, mathematics, music, political science, psychology, sociology, Spanish. Interdisciplinary concentrations include: math/computer science, humanities, social science, language arts, general science, ESL/bilingual.
  11. University General Education requirements in Diversity Studies, Global Studies, and Interdisciplinary Studies may be satisfied by other courses in general education, the area of concentration, and professional education.

Required Professional Education Courses

EDU 205
CSDI 305
Child Growth and Development
Child Development
Development of Language in the Young Child


EDU 200

The Profession of Teaching

EDUL 200 Orientation to the Profession of Teaching (0)
EDU 323 Survey of Students with Exceptionalities for the Regular Classroom Teacher (3)
EDU 326 History and Philosophy of Early Childhood Education (3)
EDU 327* Child, Family and Community Relationships (3)
EDU 328* Developmental Assessment of Young Children (3)
EDU 329* Methods and Curriculum of Pre-Primary Education (3)
EDUL 329* Lab; Methods and Curriculum of Pre-Primary Education (1)
EDU 330* Methods and Curriculum of Primary Education (3)
EDUL 330* Lab; Methods and Curriculum of Primary Education (1)
EDU 331* Methods of Reading with an Emphasis on the Young Child (3)
EDU 345* Seminar in Teaching and Learning (2)
EDU 348* Directed Teaching-Early Childhood Education (6)

* Enrollment requires admission to the School of Education

Requirements for Degree

Candidates in the early childhood program major in education and must complete a minimum of 40 credit hours in education, a minimum of 18 credit hours in an approved area of concentration, the University core requirements, and additional certification requirements. CLEP credit cannot be used to fulfill upper-level area of concentration or professional education requirements.

( ) = credit hours / / = classroom hours