Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 2)

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Dean Cantu
Department Chair
dcantu@bradley.edu

The Degree
Bradley’s Department of Teacher Education offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. The purpose of the program is to prepare graduates to become educators who work with children from birth to third grade. The State of Illinois early childhood special education approval is included as part of the early childhood education major. This approval qualifies the graduate to teach in early childhood special education programs for students age three through eight. The early childhood educators will graduate with experiences enabling them to work in primary grades, kindergarten, preschool, or nursery school. The Early Childhood major also requires a concentration in liberal arts. Students may choose a concentration from Social Studies, General Science, English, Fine Arts, Mathematics or Foreign Language. Successful completion of the program leads to the Illinois Type 04 Early Childhood certificate.

Program Recognition:

  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Program Accreditation:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

Curriculum
Bradley’s Teacher Education faculty have aligned the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards with NCATE standards to ensure that Bradley University coursework, projects, assignments, and experiences prepare students to obtain certification and licensure nationwide. Faculty also have special relationships with several professional development schools where the students have a chance to do their field experiences and teaching internships.

Opportunities at Bradley
Outside of the classroom, Bradley Teacher Education majors enjoy many co curricular and cooperative learning experiences, including:

  • College LiveText software
  • Institute for Gifted and Talented Youth
  • Multimedia Production and Preview Center
  • Simpson Curriculum Materials Center

Students may become involved in campus chapters of professional organizations that relate to various programs in Teacher Education, including:

  • Council of Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • National Education Association (NEA)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) through BAEYC
  • Golden Apple

Students may also be involved in: 

  •  Best Buddies Program
  • Peoria Area Friends of International Students
  • NAACP campus chapter

Beyond Bradley
Bradley Teacher Education graduates enjoy an placement rate of 95 to 99 percent. Graduate school opportunities at Bradley University consist of master’s degree programs in:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Special Education (C & I – LBS -1)
  • Leadership in Educational Administration