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Early Childhood Education Endorsement for Licensed Illinois Teachers

Expand your knowledge and your teaching career options.

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Expand Your Opportunities To Teach Young Children

Are you a current Illinois licensed teacher? Our on campus ECE endorsement program prepares you to teach children ages birth to second grade.

Program completion allows a subsequent Illinois teaching endorsement in Early Childhood Education with the Illinois State Board of Education. You must pass the IL Early Childhood Education Context Exam #206 to obtain the endorsement. There are no student teaching requirements.


Licensed Teachers Can Advance Quickly

If you hold an active Professional Educator License (PEL) and a conferred bachelor’s degree, this program quickly allows you to teach young children.

Work With an Internationally Recognized Early Childhood Education Faculty

18 Credit Hours

12 Months

January Term Start


$1,135 Credit Hour

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Our goal is to support your personal and career advancement

Once you graduate, as an ECE licensed teacher, you can be well-suited to work in:

  • Preschools
  • Early child-care programs
  • Public schools
  • Private and charter schools
  • Social service agencies
  • Curriculum Coordinators

Explore a Few of the Endorsement Courses

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Family and Culture
This course is designed to help students gain knowledge about diversity through an examination of social science research on child development, child rearing across cultures, and issues of equity, power, and privilege.
Preschool Curricular Approaches in Diverse and Inclusive Settings
This course examines the history of and current research base for quality education programs for preschool and kindergarten children of diverse cultures, languages,  and economic and developmental backgrounds.
Teaching and Learning in Diverse and Inclusive Settings: Reading and Writing
This course prepares teacher candidates to guide young children from diverse family and cultural backgrounds in learning to read and write.
Gillian McNamee
Gillian McNamee
PhD, Professor, Director, Teacher Education Program
“ Illinois has created a new pathway for already-licensed IL teachers to expand their credentials to include working with our youngest children, birth to 2nd grade. This new program will help you expand your repertoire of ways of understanding young children and how you can set them on a trajectory of loving school and learning. ”
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Look Into Erikson’s Robust Financial Support & Scholarship Options

With dozens of scholarships and financial aid opportunities, our team is here to help you make your graduate education more affordable.

Based on your unique professional goals, we can help you understand tuition and expenses, and identify possible financial support opportunities.

Financial Aid Options  Tuition and Fees


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Apply Now for Priority Scholarship Considerations

Applications received by March 15th will receive primary consideration for scholarship awards.