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Introduction 

The Special Education Early Childhood Program is not a licensure program. In order to use this degree in public education, it must be attached to a valid IL Professional Educator License endorsed for either (a) standard early child- hood (0 - grade 3) or (b) standard special pre-school - age 21 endorsed LBS I OR standard elementary and standard secondary endorsed LBS I.

Admission to the Program 

  • Contact the program advisor for course approval/authorization
  •  Provide evidence of Illinois Professional Educator License (formerly State Certification), endorsed for
    • either (a) standard early childhood (0 to grade 3) or
    • (b) standard special pre-school to age 21 endorsed LBS I or
    • standard elementary and standard secondary endorsed LBS I
  •  Apply for admission as a graduate student-at-large for students not currently enrolled in a Northeastern Illinois University program

Courses 

  • SPED 502 Language and Cognition (3 credits) OR
  • ECED 408 Language Acquisition and Intervention Strategies for Teachers of Young Children (3 credits)
  • ECED 403 Early Childhood Assessment (3 credits)
  • SPED 481 Principles of Diagnosis and Teaching the Child with Special Needs Aged 3 to 6 Years (3 credits)* 
  • SPED 482 Assessment and Intervention with Infants and Toddlers Who are at Risk or Handicapped (3 credits)*
  • SPED 483 Working with Parents of Young Children with Special Needs (3 credits)*

*Offered as online courses

Program Contact Information 

Please contact Phyllis LeDosquet at p-ledosquet@neiu.edu or (773) 442-5591.

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