Majors & Minors
What is the Definition of Early Childhood Education (ECE)?
- Birth Through Third Grade (Our program is for those who prefer to teach the younger children, which is the foundation of all education.)
- Early Childhood Education involves the understanding of the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of the "whole" child.
Why is ECE a Growing Field?
- Principals want teachers with a Type 04 certifcate to teach Kindergarten and first grade because you are specialized in literacy, developmental milestones and language development.
- There is a growing need for Early Childhood Education teachers with endorsements in ESL or Special Education.
What Does Judson Offer in ECE SPECIAL Education?
- You can earn your B.A. with a Type 04 Certificate to teach in primary grades with the traditional or certificate only programs.
- Upon completion of the program you will be able to teach Preschool, Pre K, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-3.
What are students saying about Judson's ECE Program?
"The Early Childhood Education program is wonderful. You learn so much about the development of children and the small class size makes it very easy to learn."
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Elementary Education majors at Judson receive a broad liberal arts education through general requirements, gain a thorough knowledge of teaching methods, and participate in a wide range of practical experiences.
General education requirements include writing, math, science, social sciences, and Bible classes. This encompassing curriculum allows students to receive a balanced education to prepare them for the content that is taught in the elementary or middle school classroom.
Methods courses include practical activities and assignments to fully prepare students for their careers. Professors present, model, and engage candidates in lessons that are directly applicable to elementary and middle school classrooms and students. The plethora of strategies presented will equip future teachers to better ensure that all students learn.
Practicum experiences happen every year at Judson. Elementary education majors participate in a wide range of activities that include after-school programs, private school settings, and public school classrooms. These experiences also incorporate a variety of grade levels within diverse settings.
The Judson elementary education program certifies teachers with a kindergarten through ninth grade, Type 03 certificate. A middle school methods course is not mandatory, but one is offered and highly recommended to better qualify candidates for middle school teaching positions. All elementary education majors declare a concentration to better equip teachers in a particular curriculum.
Early Childhood Special Education focuses on developmental milestones, learning how to meet the needs of Special Education students from birth through third grade.
Judson University’s Early Childhood Special Education Program follows all the Illinois state standards required of teachers and includes those of many other states. Freshmen begin their careers at Judson with field experiences observing and working with special needs children, and take an “Introduction to Special Education” class. Throughout your four-year career at Judson, you will have four practicums with many ages – toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners and primary elementary students in special needs classrooms.
A Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Special Education will:
- Receive a Type 04 Early Childhood Special Education certificate
- Learn American Sign Language
- Discover how to assess special education children
- Educate with the proper interventions
- Focus on the needs of the “whole child”
- Stay updated with the latest research
- Learn how to write IEPs and IFEPs
- Experience working with children who have special needs as a freshman
- Work in four practicums before student teaching
- Understand appropriate teaching strategies
- Realize the importance of “family”
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In Illinois secondary teacher candidates must pursue certification in a particular academic content area. Judson University offers secondary certification in the following academic disciplines:
- Business, Marketing and Computer Education
- Physical Education (K-12 certification also available)
- Science / Biology
- Science / Chemistry
- Science / Environmental Studies
- Social Science / History
- Social Science / Psychology
The "Certificate Only" program at Judson University is designed for individuals who already have at least a bachelor's degree and are looking to obtain their license to teach in the state of Illinois. Many of the required courses are offered during the late afternoon and evening hours to accommodate those who already have full-time employment.
In as few as 20 months potential teacher candidates can complete course work and field experiences that will lead to the Division of Teacher Education's recommendation for certification. All courses earn undergraduate credit in programs that have been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. No degree results from the completion of the courses - thus the title "Certificate Only."
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