The Early Childhood Special Education Approval is designed for educators with an Illinois license endorsed in early childhood education or LBS I (PK-21). This approval is for educators who desire to teach early childhood students in pre-kindergarten and is designed to provide qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge necessary to become an early childhood special education teacher.
This program will enable candidates to:
- Build and strengthen a theoretical understanding of the foundations of early childhood special education.
- Examine issues relevant to least restrictive environment, educational settings, language development, and special education law and policy.
- Develop and utilize appropriate assessments and teaching strategies for young children with disabilities.
- Learn how to collaborate with all stakeholders, including parents, community, family members and other institutions to support young children with disabilities.
General Graduate Admission Requirements
All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Concordia University Chicago graduate programs as published in the Concordia University Chicago academic catalog.
New students are accepted into graduate degree-seeking, approval, certificate, endorsement and/or post-graduate programs for online and on-campus study in the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Previously admitted students seeking to change programs may do so at the beginning of a semester (only) by submitting a Change-of-Program quick app. Applicants must be in good academic standing according to Concordia University Chicago’s satisfactory academic progress standards at the time of requesting a program change.
Program-Specific Admission Requirements
- Illinois license endorsed in early childhood education or LBS I (PK-21)
- Hold a professional educator license (PEL)
Completion of the following courses fulfills the course requirements for State of Illinois Early Childhood Special Education Approval:
|Family and Community Relationships in Early Childhood Special Education
|Language Development in Early Childhood Special Education
|Special Education Assessment for Early Childhood Educators
|Special Education Methods for Early Childhood Educators
Students should seek the Approval through the Office of the Registrar Licensure Officer.
Non-degree Completion Requirements
- Have on file an application as a non-degree-seeking graduate student.
- Complete, for the program being sought:
- the credit hours and levels as designated,
- within the specified time limit,
- with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
- Students completing multiple advanced programs or degrees at CUC must have a 3.0 GPA in each academic program in addition to a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
- If transfer credit is approved to be applied: have on file an approved “Graduate Transfer Credit Approval” form(s) or evaluation(s).
- Have on file the Intent to Graduate/Complete form with the Office of the Registrar by the published deadline.
- Take and pass the final examination or terminal requirements in the program during or after the final course.
- Approval of the faculty.
- Payments of all tuition and fees due to Concordia University Chicago. All holds must be removed to receive transcripts.
Every attempt has been made to include information to aid the student with information about his/her program requirements. It is, however, the student’s responsibility to complete all steps and meet all deadlines relevant to completion requirements.
This program leads to Illinois licensure with direct University entitlement. The awarding of Illinois licensure will require the completion of your academic program, and may require an existing PEL, a passing score on the corresponding Illinois State Licensure Test(s), associated work experience, and completion of a state training academy. For your licensure’s specific requirements please refer to ISBE’s webpage or contact the Licensure Officer at email@example.com.