EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION WITH ENDORSEMENTS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION AND ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE/BACHELOR OF ARTS
Total Credit Hours: 128
Major Credit Hours: 55
I. Exploration Block (Beginning Core Courses) (14)
50-310 Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3)
50-315 Child Growth and Development (3)
50-335 Beginning Linguistics and Development of Speech and Language in Early Childhood (3)
54-357 Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities (3)
50-301 Field Experience I: Infant and Toddler Methods - 25 Hours (1)
50-302 Field Experience II: Special Needs Observations - 25 Hours (1)
II. Synthesis Block (Methods Courses) (32)
50-320 Child, Family, Culture and Community (3)
50-360 History and Philosophy of Early Childhood Education (3)
50-324 Foundations of Teaching Reading and Language Arts for P-3 (3)
51-310 Teaching English Language Learners in P-12 Schools (3)
53-304 Technology for Teaching and Learning (3)
50-356 Foundations of Teaching Math, Science and Social Studies for P-3 (3)
50-330 Assessment and Intervention for Classroom Teachers (3)
50-325 Curriculum, Organization and Methods of Creative Arts and Literacy in Early Childhood (3)
50-440 Collaboration and Adaptations for Special Needs in General Education Settings (3)
50-401 Field Experience III: Preprimary Methods Pre-K and K - 50 Hours (1)
50-402 Field Experience IV: Primary Methods - Grades 1-3 - 50 Hours (1)
51-326 Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a New Language (3)
III. Reflective Block (Student Teaching/Clinical) (9)
50-481 Clinical Practice/Student Teaching with Seminar (9)
"Candidate" refers to individuals admitted to Lewis University's College of Education. "Student" refers to children and adolescents in P-12 schools.
IV. Advanced Writing: Three hours of clinical practice/student teaching fulfills the advanced writing requirement.
V. Candidates complete 150 hours of field experience as part of the coursework in the Early Childhood Education Program. All candidates must successfully pass the Illinois Basic Skills Test or Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) before they will be allowed to take education courses. Field experience courses include Field Experience 1: Infant and Toddler Methods (50-301) (25 hours), Field Experience 2: Special Needs Observations (50-302) (25 hours), Field Experience 3: Preprimary Methods Pre-K and K (50-401) (50 hours), and Field Experience 4: Primary Methods - Grades 1-3 (50-402) (50 hours). A 2.75 GPA is required for all education courses. Assignment to the field experience sites is arranged by the College of Education. Experiences are designed to include public and private school assignments and diverse experiences. Candidates are responsible for providing their own transportation to field experience sites. Field experience assignments are generally within a 25 mile radius of Lewis' main campus. Field experience hours completed at other institutions will be evaluated by the Department Chair to determine whether or not the hours can be transferred.
VI: Clinical Practice/Student Teaching: Candidates must pass the appropriate State of Illinois content tests prior to student teaching. Candidates must pass the APT Test prior to entitlement.
Application for admission to student teaching must be filed by September 30 of the year prior to the planned student teacher experience. Procedures and requirements for admission to student teaching are published in the Guide for Initial Teacher Certification Program Candidates. This publication is available on Blackboard. All candidates are responsible for the information contained in this Guide. Evidence of successful completion of the appropriate State of Illinois content area tests must be received in the College of Education at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the student teaching semester in order to be allowed to student teach. Student teaching in the early childhood major requires candidates to complete a 15-week placement in an early childhood education setting. Candidates are responsible for providing their own transportation while student teaching. Placements are generally within a 25 mile radius of Lewis' main campus. Official documentation of a negative TB test must be filed prior to student teaching. The Assessment of Professional Teaching Test must be successfully completed before entitlement for certification will be sent to the state.