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The Early Childhood Education Major Panel was reconvened in the Summer of 2014. The panel is in the process of determining all major and GECC recommended courses at this time, December 2014, and will post additional recommendations in the coming year.

To teach young children (birth to age 8), teachers must be certified by the state of Illinois. To transfer into an approved baccalaureate program in Early Childhood Education as a junior, students must complete a minimum of 60 semester credits (up to a maximum of 64 semester credits). Since admission is competitive, completion of the recommended courses does not guarantee admission.

A minimum grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) and passage of the Illinois Test of Basic Skills (reading, writing, grammar and math) are required for program admission.

Information regarding standards for Professional Preparation and Recruitment is available on the Illinois State Board of Education Web site.

Major Directive

Updated: September 28, 2010

The major panel courses recommended will be accepted as credit toward the major at the receiving institutions listed. Credit will either be accepted as a course equivalent or be counted as elective credit toward fulfilling the requirements of the major.

  • Once a transfer institution is chosen, students should consult the appropriate transfer guide as soon as possible for guidance on the most successful transfer path .Click here to view other Articulation Agreements..
  • Note that if the receiving institution does not offer the course or does not offer it at the lower-division level, the student will receive elective lower-division major credit for the course but may be required to take the course at the upper division level.
  • Receiving institutions may still require additional lower division courses to satisfy the major requirements, but students transferring should be able to complete the remaining courses in the same time that a native student can be reasonably expected to do so.
  • Approval of this list of recommended courses does not guarantee that the student will be admitted to the receiving institution or to that major.

The following institutions have agreed to the major courses listed below:

PART I: Early Childhood Education IAI Major Recommendations
PART II: Early Childhood Education IAI GECC Recommendations

PART I: Early Childhood Education IAI Major Recommendations

Professional Early Childhood Education Core Courses 9 semester credits
ECE 912 - Child Growth and Development (3 semester credits)
ECE 913 - The Exceptional Child (3 semester credits)
ECE 915 - Child, Family, and Community (3 semester credits)

PART II: Early Childhood Education IAI GECC Recommendations 37-41 semester credits

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Click here to find what courses to take to fulfill the Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum (IAI Gen. Ed.) at any participating college or university in the State. Please use the above information when choosing your courses. You may want to write down the information or print a hard copy of this page.

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