Upon complete of the program, the student will meet current State of Illinois standards for Early Childhood Education (ECED) licensure.

The student will:

  • Develop skills, insights and attitudes crucial to effective teaching of young children
  • Develop knowledge of the education of young children from birth to eight years of age
  • Become aware of Early Childhood education program models and designs
  • Develop necessary pedagogical competencies for teaching young children
  • Utilize current research and exposure to classroom practices to understand how young children develop and learn
  • Become familiar with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), its principles, guidelines and ethics for working with young children.

Northeastern is an entitled institution for the Gateways to Opportunity ECE Credential Levels 2, 3, 4 and 5. The entitlement, which runs through 2023, means that students have the opportunity to qualify for Illinois state-recognized credentials as they take courses or complete the Early Childhood Education, B.A.

The Early Childhood Education, B.A. is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

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Program Benefits

The Goodwin College of Education offers flexible day, evening and weekend classes.

Students get personalized attention from skilled professors in small class sizes, and gain connections to internships, career fairs and educational conferences.

Northeastern offers an affordable tuition and convenient urban locations accessible by car or public transportation.

Completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education will satisfy all standards for teacher licensure as required by the Illinois State Board of Education. Northeastern Illinois University has not made a determination as to whether this education degree program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in any of the other 54 U.S. states and jurisdictions. Specific requirements for licensure or certification in states other than Illinois vary from state-to-state. In some cases, you may need to take additional coursework or exams to meet individual state requirements and/or you may need to complete background checks.

Career Options

Students who complete the B.A. in Early Childhood Education can find a career in public or private sector positions, such as:

  • Preschool Teacher
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Early Childhood Recreational Administrators

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and the courses offered toward the degree.

Early Childhood Education, B.A.

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Teacher Education at (773) 442-5380.

Teacher Education

About Northeastern

Northeastern Illinois University is home to students from all corners of the world and is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation. Our small class sizes, flexible schedules and dedicated faculty can help you succeed in your studies.

We offer an education with value.

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