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Post Baccalaureate Program in Early Childhood Education

This program is for candidates who have completed the Early Childhood Practice (ECP) program at National Louis University (NLU) and would now like to complete a post baccalaureate non-degree program in order to receive an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with the endorsement in Early Childhood Education.  Upon completion of the fifth year of study, post baccalaureate candidates will be eligible to teach in early childhood settings requiring licensure.

Candidates completing non-licensure baccalaureate programs in Early Childhood Education or related fields, outside NLU, may qualify for the post baccalaureate non-degree program as well, upon transcript review.

Furthermore, candidates completing advanced standing coursework in the post baccalaureate non-degree program may apply this coursework towards the M.Ed. program in Curriculum and Instruction with Advanced Professional Specializations at National Louis University.

The delivery modality of the post baccalaureate non-degree program in ECE will be fully online or blended.

 

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The post baccalaureate non-degree program is designed around a one year (three-term) delivery and includes a full year of classroom experience in an approved early childhood setting, PreK- Grade 2. The coursework is detailed below:

Fifth Year: Post Bac Coursework for Professional Educator Licensure (PEL) in Early Childhood Education

Fifth Year Post Bac Coursework for ECP Graduates Seeking the PEL with an ECE endorsement

  • EDU 400: Practicum II (5QH)
  • RLL 479: Literacy Methods 2 (4QH)
  • MHE 480A: Methods of Mathematics (5 QH)
  • EDU 410: Practicum III (5QH)
  • SCE 480A: Methods of Teaching Science (3QH)
  • CIS 480A: Methods of Teaching Social Studies (3QH)
  • ECE470: Student Teaching (10QH)
  • The program requires 35 QH, including practicum, methods coursework and student teaching.
  • All previous baccalaureate coursework must have earned grades of “C” or better as requirement for licensure in Illinois.
  • All post baccalaureate coursework must have a GPA of 2.5 or better, with a grade of “C” or better in each course required for licensure in Illinois.
  • All candidates must pass either the ACT plus writing or SAT test one prior to the start of the practicum 2 term.
  • All candidates must pass the ECE Content Test Code 206 prior to beginning practicum 3.
  • All candidates must pass the edTPA which is completed and submitted during the student teaching as a requirement for licensure in Illinois.
  • All candidates must provide evidence (through professional disposition assessment) of emotional stability, adequate personality adjustment, competency, timeliness and responsibility for work in the field of education
  • Candidates must submit to their advisor a report of a TB test taken within 90 days of field placement (practicum 2), results of criminal background check and acknowledgement of mandated reporter status form.

All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements as well as additional requirements specific to this program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at nl.edu/applyonline.

  • Graduation from NLU’s ECP program (BA ECP) requires transcript review to determine if additional coursework is needed to meet licensure requirements.
  • Graduation from Kendall College’s Early Childhood Education program requires transcript review to determine if additional coursework is needed to meet licensure requirements.
  • Graduation from another University program (non-licensure BA in early childhood education or related field) requires a transcript review to determine if additional coursework is needed to meet licensure requirements.
  • Requires faculty review of Early Childhood professional coursework.
  • The program requires General Education transcript review to be completed for all of the above candidates at the time of admission. Candidates must meet the following requirements before starting the program:
    • Science – coursework that addresses at least three of the following areas of the sciences; physical, life, and earth and space
    • Social Science- coursework that addresses at least four of the following areas of the social sciences: history, geography, civics and government, economics of Illinois, the United States and the world.

Get more information today about enrolling in one of NLU's degree programs. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888-658-8632).

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  • 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
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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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