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Early Childhood Education Post-Master’s Licensure

Pivot your existing master’s degree and become a teacher for children from birth to second grade.

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Leverage Your Master’s Degree For New Teaching Options

This intensive, one-year, post-master’s teaching certificate program is open to candidates with a graduate degree in a discipline similar to education or child development. It meets the requirements for initial Illinois Professional Educator Licensure with endorsement in Early Childhood Education.

Program includes one year of student teaching. You must pass the Early Childhood Education exam #206 prior to student teaching, and the edTPA during your final student teaching semester.

Flex Your Master’s Degree In a New Way

24 Credit Hours

12 Months

1 Year Student Teaching

Summer 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 Licensure Courses

See all the Post-Master’s Licensure Courses

Administration of Early Childhood Programs 1: Leadership, Management and Community Relations
This course focuses the organizational factors in administering and supervising programs for young children and their families.
Key Concepts in Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines for the Early Childhood Curriculum
This course provides a framework for understanding the concepts, habits of mind, and skills characteristic of professionals in each of the disciplines.
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 been expanding opportunities for our youngest school children with new full-day PreK classrooms in Chicago Public Schools and across the state. Erikson Institute is uniquely positioned to prepare professionals who understand you children’s development and desire to learn methods of teaching that empower racially, culturally and linguistically diverse children to love and excel in school. ”
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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.