Preparing leaders in a growing field

In Illinois and across the nation, emphasis on early childhood education continues to grow as studies indicate the crucial impact educational opportunities in the early years have on shaping future learning outcomes. The College of Education is committed to preparing early childhood education leaders and special education experts creating opportunities for learning in Chicago communities and beyond.

The MEd Early Childhood Education program focuses on educating professionals dedicated to working with young children and their families across a range of settings. The program provides opportunities for students to earn an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with endorsements in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education, Illinois Gateways Level 5 Early Childhood Education credential, and/or an Illinois Early Intervention credential.

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