Early Childhood Education at NIU

When you show care for someone, it sends them a powerful message: that they matter.

By studying early childhood education, you'll learn how to give this valuable gift to some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Though challenging at times, working with young children can be incredibly rewarding. With quickly growing bodies and minds, they thrive on interaction and new experiences. Join us to learn how to inspire and share in their moments of discovery and delight.   

Currently working with young children? You may qualify for free tuition and fees. 


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What Can I Do With an Early Childhood Education Degree?

Our program prepares you to teach children from birth through second grade in Illinois public schools. You can also get approval to teach children with disabilities and an endorsement in English as a second language. Additional career possibilities include: 

  • Child care administrator/provider 
  • Family services worker 
  • Parent educator 
  • Intervention specialist

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Career Potential for Early Childhood Education


Job outlook growth 2020 - 2030


Jobs in 2020


Job openings per year

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Program Overview

You’ll gain the knowledge and skills to care for and educate kids in schools and other early childhood settings. Our fully accredited program emphasizes hands-on learning. By the time you graduate, you'll have spent more than 500 hours working with young children.

What degree will I earn?

You'll earn a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education.

How do I get in?

The NIU application is free and we are also on the Common App. Find out more about application deadlines and requirements.

What will it cost?

Tuition as a full-time student is $4,803.79 per term. More information about tuition and fees can be found on the bursar's website.

How long will it take to graduate?

You can finish the degree in four years.

NIU Admission Requirements


3.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed general NIU admission.



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How to Apply

NIU is a supportive, exciting place to start your college career, as well as a flexible and rewarding next step for transfer students. If you'll be a first-year college student, you can apply using our application or by adding us to your Common App list. Transfer students, we have an application process just for you.

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