Earn Your Post Master's Early Childhood Education License in Illinois

Erikson Institute’s initial education licensure graduate program allows you to pivot your existing master’s degree and become a teacher to young children.

This intensive, one-year, post-master’s teaching certificate program is open to students who have already been awarded a graduate degree in a discipline similar to education or child development. It offers a comprehensive and integrated curriculum for prospective teachers of young children from birth to second grade. The program meets the requirements for initial Illinois Professional Educator Licensure with endorsement in Early Childhood Education.

This licensure 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.

Interested in Other Early Childhood Education Endorsements?

You can choose to take additional coursework in preparation for optional endorsements to your post master’s teaching license. Erikson offers ECE programs for the LBS1 and Early Childhood Special Education letter of approval and the Bilingual and/or ESL endorsement, through the Illinois State Board of Education. Ask the admission team for more details.

Already a Licensed Illinois Teacher?

If you already have an active PEL at the elementary or middle school levels and want to teach young children from birth to second grade, you may be eligible for our Early Childhood Education Endorsement Program. We also offer a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education for those without a master’s degree.

Application Deadlines:
Erikson Institute accepts applications on a rolling basis. This means we accept applications throughout the year for all academic terms and programs, and applications are evaluated as they are completed. However, applications received by our Priority Submission Dates for each term will receive primary consideration for scholarship awards.

Priority Rolling Application Deadlines:
Summer Term: November 15