Early Childhood Education
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Bradley’s Department of Teacher Education offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. This program prepares candidates to become educators who work with children from birth through Grade 2. The State of Illinois Early Childhood Special Education Approval is included as part of the Early Childhood Education major. This approval qualifies the graduate to teach in Early Childhood Special Education programs for young children from birth through age five. The Early Childhood educators will graduate with experiences enabling them to work in nursery school, preschool, kindergarten or the primary grades. Successful completion of the program leads to the State of Illinois Professional Educator’s License with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education and an English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement, which allows them to also teach English Language Learners.
State and National Accreditation:
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
- Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
National Program Recognition:
- Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Early Childhood Education students may begin observing in local classrooms during the first semester of their freshman year and continue in the classroom throughout their senior year. This opportunity allows students to gain a better understanding of the teaching process and prepares them for student teaching during their final semester. In addition, students spend 100 hours in the field for the ESL endorsement.
Bradley’s Teacher Education faculty aligns curriculum with the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards and with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards to ensure that Bradley University coursework, projects, assignments and experiences prepare students to obtain licensure/certification nationwide. Bradley faculty cultivates relationships with eight professional development schools where students gain insight through their field experiences, novice teaching and student teaching.
Opportunities at Bradley
Outside the classroom, Bradley Teacher Education majors enjoy many cocurricular and cooperative learning experiences.
Students may become involved in campus chapters of professional organizations that relate to various programs in Teacher Education, including:
- Bradley Student Education Association (BSEA)
- National Association for the Education of Young Children through BAEYC
- Golden Apple
Students may be inducted into Phi Delta Kappa and Pi Lambda Theta, education honor societies that have Bradley chapters. They may also be involved in the Best Buddies Program or tutor children through America Reads.
All program graduates have earned a 100 % pass rate on the Illinois licensure tests. Bradley Teacher Education graduates enjoy a high job placement rate and find rewarding careers upon graduation. Bradley University offers master’s degree programs in Leadership in Educational Administration, Human Development Counseling and Curriculum and Instruction, with focus areas in Special Education, Reading and Multidisciplinary.