Master's in Early Childhood Education

Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education



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National Louis University’s Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education is for students who would like to earn their Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) endorsed for early childhood and self-contained general education (age 0 to grade 3).

Consider getting your Master's in Early Childhood Education at NLU if you:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in another field but want to receive licensure to become an early childhood teacher
  • Want to learn in a highly regarded program with an innovative approach to teacher education
  • Want the flexibility to attend full- or part-time, on-campus or online

Why NLU for a Master's in Early Childhood Education?

NLU has a long-standing reputation for its education and teacher training programs, and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Since 1886, we’ve trained thousands of educators and continue to graduate the majority of Illinois’ Golden Apple Award winners—one of the most prestigious teacher honors in the state.

NLU was at the forefront of the kindergarten movement in 1886, preparing some of the first early childhood teachers to be employed in the Chicago area. Now more than a century later, our National College of Education continues to design and deliver the best in teacher education programs including the M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education. Class size is small and faculty is experienced and well known in the field.

The Master's in Early Childhood Education degree is offered as a 15-18 month full-time program or can be completed part-time in 24-27 months. Students can take courses as a traditional student or join a cohort and follow a guaranteed course sequence. The program is also offered in a blended format so students may take some classes online and some on-campus.

What You Will Learn

  • Principles of child development that affect teaching and learning
  • Different instructional and evaluative methods and their historical and theoretical foundations
  • Methods for teaching content and skills in a supportive learning environment
  • How to incorporate technology into practice
  • Techniques for developing curriculum and lesson plans
  • An appreciation of diverse needs and perspectives in working with children and families
  • Students will graduate with 100 hours of pre-clinical experiences in infant/toddler, pre-primary and primary school settings during the program.

Career Outlook

Wage and salary jobs in child care services are projected to grow about 15 percent over the 2008-18 period.1 Currently there are not enough elementary school teachers to meet the country’s demand— particularly in urban school districts.2

The demand for childcare centers and the professionals to staff them will increase as states implement preschool programs for 3 and 4 year-old children. The number of subsidies for children from low-income families attending child care programs is rising. Additionally, there are a growing number of employers funding and operating child care centers for their employees. This increase in children being served through early child care programs will result in excellent opportunities for teachers within this industry.1

Clinical Experiences

Students in the M.A.T. program are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of pre-clinical experience before student teaching. Fifty hours of observation are required in a primary grade setting, and 25 hours each are required in pre-primary and infant-toddler settings. Students complete 24 of their pre-clinical hours in conjunction with course number ECE580 under the guidance of a university supervisor. Additional hours are met through other coursework and field experiences.

The state of Illinois recently changed naming conventions for teaching certification types. To view the complete list of name changes, click here

Prepare for the TAP at NLU

Want to enroll in a teacher-preparation program at NLU? If so, NLU's National College of Education offers various options to help you get ready for the ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP). This includes NEW three-week courses that feature a personalized learning plan and are designed to develop competencies necessary to pass the TAP. These courses will be offered from January to March.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet NLU’s general admission requirements as well as the requirements specific to the M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education program. Refer to the appropriate Application Checklist available online at www.nl.edu/applyonline.

Get more information today about enrolling. Talk to your Enrollment Advisor or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888.658.8632).


Please note: The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) may change the state licensure and endorsement requirements at any time and without prior notice. Teacher candidates will be bound by the requirements in place when applying for licensure, not by the licensure requirements in place when beginning their program. That is, the state may specify that a new regulation is immediately applicable to all candidates with no provisions made for candidates who began their work on licensure under different regulations.

 

 

 

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603

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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123

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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632

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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

     

     

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard
    Suite 102
    Tampa, Florida 33634
    800.366.6581 | www.nl.edu/florida

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  • WISCONSIN

    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    414.577.2658

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