Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education

Working with very young children (birth to third grade) is a rewarding and growing career field.

At Dominican you will gain all of the skills needed to be confident and top-quality teachers, optimally prepared to teach young children which includes those with special needs. In addition to rigorous academic coursework you’ll gain valuable field experience working with outstanding mentor teachers. In your junior year, you will also have the option to take advantage of our combined Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Early Childhood Education degree program which can be completed in six or less calendar years.

The early childhood teacher education program has three basic elements:

  1. General education competency studies ensures that candidates have completed general studies courses and experiences in the liberal arts and sciences and have developed theoretical and practical knowledge;
  2. Professional and pedagogical studies ensures that candidates acquire and apply the professional and pedagogical knowledge and skills to become competent to work with all students;
  3. Clinical and field experience ensures that candidates learn to integrate general knowledge, academic content and professional knowledge to create excellent learning experiences for all children.

Admission to Teacher Education

Because the educational backgrounds of students entering the licensure program differ, some students may need to take an extra semester to complete all requirements.

  • Undergraduate students may enter a licensure program by transferring specific credits from a two-year or four-year approved institution.
  • Transfer students are urged to pass the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency prior to coming to Dominican University.
  • A grade of “C” or better in Education 200, a passing grade on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency and an overall grade point average of 2.75.
  • Students must file a formal application seeking admission to the teacher education program after the above criteria have been met.
  • Candidates are expected to pass all professional education courses with a grade of “C” or higher, or the course must be repeated.

Admission to Clinical Practice

Admission to clinical practice is determined on the basis of the candidate’s written application and other records as measured against criteria established by the Dominican University Teacher Education Committee.

  • A grade point average of 2.75 in the major, 2.75 in professional education courses and a 2.75 overall
  • Two faculty recommendations
  • A completed application
  • Documentation of 100 clock hours of field experience completed

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum provides a broad exposure to the liberal arts, giving students a moral and intellectual context in which to apply their teaching skills. The core curriculum consists of coursework in foundations, liberal arts and science seminars, area studies and multicultural studies.

Required courses for early childhood endorsement include:

  • Introduction to Education and Practicum
  • Child Growth and Development
  • History and Philosophy of Early Childhood Education
  • Child, Family and Community Relations
  • Methods of Teaching Reading for the Young Child
  • Instructional Methods of Curriculum and Organization in the Early Childhood Classroom; Techniques and Methodologies in the Early Childhood Classroom