Early Childhood Education (B.S.)
Why Study Early Childhood Education at NIU?
Want to make a huge difference in the lives of children from birth through age eight? Our Early Childhood Education program prepares you to become that teacher who creates those first “light bulb moments.” You’ll graduate with the concepts, competencies
Careers with an Early Childhood Education Degree
With your early childhood education license, you can pursue careers such as:
- Preschool teacher
- Elementary school teacher through third-grade (in Illinois)
- Child care administrator or director
- Family services worker
- Parent educator, in both private and community-based settings
- Resource and Referral Specialist
- Family Child Care Provider
- Intervention Specialist
Learn more about the Preschool Teacher Occupational Outlook
Early Childhood Education Faculty
We provide an inclusive, engaging and supportive environment that inspires excellence. Our faculty
Hands-on Learning Opportunities
Before you graduate, you’ll enjoy more than 500 hours of direct experiences, including preclinical placements in Illinois prekindergarten programs and elementary schools as well as two, eight-week sessions of student-teaching in Illinois.
For unparalleled exposure to the classroom, check out our “Educate” series: Our Educate Local, Educate U.S. and Educate Global programs transport students throughout the northern Illinois region, across the country
If you’re passionate about advocating for the needs and rights of young children, join the Northern Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children to network with professionals in the field who share that desire.