2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Early Childhood Education

The 120 credit-hour minimum is achievable by using specific courses that meet both general education requirements and the Early Childhood Education major curriculum requirements. We recommend students work with their academic advisors.

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education degree leads to the state of Illinois Educator Licensure in Early Childhood Education (birth – Grade 2) with an English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement. Early Childhood Education Majors must complete all requirements of the College of Education to be eligible for licensure.

Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) are general education courses Concordia-Chicago agrees to accept in lieu of comparable, lower-division general education requirements. For more information regarding IAI transfer credit, please see the Illinois Board of Higher Education’s iTransfer website at www.itransfer.org.

College of Education Graduation Requirements:

Students in the College of College of Education must meet all University requirements found in the Academic Information section of this catalog. Specific requirements of the College of Education include the following:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 for all coursework completed at CUC
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 for all courses taken in the major at CUC
  • A minimum grade of C- for all courses taken in a major at CUC
  • A passing score on the Illinois State Licensure Test(s) (taken prior to student teaching for those seeking licensure)
  • A passing score on the EdTPA (for those seeking licensure)
  • A passing grade for the Student Teaching Internship
  • With the exception of student teaching, courses in the education major at CUC may not be taken on the Pass/Fail grade option
  • In addition to the overall minimum credits for the degree major, minor, endorsement, and special programs (Honors Program for example) requirements are also necessary if they have been declared. Deficiency in any area of the program will delay awarding of the degree and will require filing of a new intent to graduate. Students may elect to drop minors, additional endorsements, or other special programs if they present an obstacle to graduation.

Early Childhood Program General Education Requirements (38-41 hours)

All methods courses in the Illinois approved program must have the grade C- or higher, with the exception of student teaching, courses in the approved program may not be taken on the Pass/Fail grade option.

University Requirement ( Freshman only, transfer students are exempt)

COL-1995Vocation and College Success1

General Education Requirements 

Communication (9 Hours)

ENG-1100English Composition3
ENG-2000Writing About Literature3
COM-1100Speech Communication3

Humanities (9 Hours)

Required Course
HIS-1200History of the American People to 18773
or HIS-1250 History of the American People since 1877
Fine Arts select one course from list below3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Two-Dimensional Basic Studio
Three-Dimensional Basic Studio
Western Art: Pre-History through Renaissance
Western Art: Post Renaissance through Contemporary
Non-Western Art
Introduction to Film Studies
Global Documentary
Exploration of Music
Survey of Western Music
Music of World Cultures
History of Jazz
Introduction to Theater
Humanities or Fine Arts: Select one from the following or from previous list3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Two-Dimensional Basic Studio
Three-Dimensional Basic Studio
Western Art: Pre-History through Renaissance
Western Art: Post Renaissance through Contemporary
Non-Western Art
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
Introduction to Film Studies
Global Documentary
Literature for Children, Adolescents & Young Adults
Non-Western Literature
Society and Literature
U.S. Latina/o Literature(s)
Greek & Roman Mythology
African American Literature
Classical World Literature
Modern World Literature
German for Reading I
German for Reading II
Greek I
Greek II
Hebrew I
Hebrew II
Survey of Early Modern Europe, 1350-1815
Survey of Modern Europe Since 1815
Survey of World History to 1350
Survey of the World Since 1350
U.S. Women's History
African American History
Hispanic and Latino American History
Ancient Greek and Roman Civilizations
A History of Illinois
Arts and Ideas
Intro to American Cultural Studies
Latin I
Latin II
Exploration of Music
Survey of Western Music
Music of World Cultures
History of Jazz
Primer in Philosophy
Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
Introduction to Logic
Social and Political Philosophy
Elementary Spanish I
Elementary Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Introduction to Theater

Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 Hours)

Required Courses
GEO-1200World Geography: Culture Patterns3
POS-1100American Government and Politics3
Select one more courses from list below3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Foundations of Economics
Geography of North America
The Developing World
Introduction to Global Cultural Studies
Engaging Diversity: U.S. Perspectives
Social and Political Philosophy
International Relations
Introduction to Comparative Politics
General Psychology
The Mind and the Brain
Developmental Psychology: Life Span
Child and Adolescent Psychology
Social Psychology
People and Society
Introduction to Sociology
Marriage and the Family
Race, Ethnicity, & Racisms in the U.S.
Sociology of Gender/Sexualities
Social Inequality: Class, Status and Power

Physical and Life Sciences (8 Hours)

At least one of the transfer courses in science must include a lab. All ECE majors must take Science courses that address at least three areas of science (physical science, life science and earth/space science) and earn a C- or higher in the coursework.

Physical and Life Science Requirements
NSCI-1110Concepts in Chemistry and Biology4
NSCI-1120Concepts in Physics and Earth Science4

Mathematics (3 Hours)

MAT-1412Mathematics for Early Childhood Teachers: Geometry, Statistics, Functions3

Additional University Requirements 

Theology – Public Teacher Education (6 Hours)

Biblical Studies Course
THY-1100The Bible (B)3
Theological Studies Course
THY-1210Introduction to Christianity (S)3

Theology – Lutheran Teacher Education (21 Hours)

Required Methods Course
EDUC-4900Lutheran Teacher: Vocation and Methods3
Theology Course (2.75 GPA Required)
Required Courses
THY-2010Introduction to the Old Testament (B) 23
THY-2500Martin Luther's Small and Large Catechisms (S) 13
THY-3105Introduction to the New Testament (B)3
THY-3320Survey of Church History (H)3
Select two courses from the list below6
The Augsburg Confession and its Apology (S)
The Ancient Creeds, the Smalcald Articles, and the Treaties (S)
The Formula of Concord (S)