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EDUCATION MAJORS AND CERTIFICATES

B.A. in Early Childhood Education | B.A. in Elementary Education | B.A. in Special Education | B.A. in Secondary Education | Education Certificate  

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood 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 with students ages birth through second grade. 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 early childhood classrooms and students. The plethora of strategies presented will equip future teachers to better ensure that all students learn. The Judson Early Childhood Education program entitles teachers with a Professional Educator License for birth through grade 2. In addition to the core classes in the major, Judson has built the necessary coursework for an ESL endorsement into the four-year plan to allow candidates to be employed in their field. For interested candidates, we also offer endorsements/approvals in bilingual education and special education. These additional endorsements will make the candidates more marketable for employment by intentionally learning more about specific high-needs areas.

Elementary Education

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. 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 school classrooms and students. The plethora of strategies presented will equip future teachers to better ensure that all students learn. The Judson Elementary Education program entitles teachers with a Professional Educator License for grades 1-6. In addition to the core classes in the major, Judson requires candidates to choose an endorsement to add to their licenses. The options are Bilingual, ESL, or LBS1.Each of these endorsements requires additional coursework that has been built into the four-year program. These additional endorsements will make the candidates more marketable for employment by intentionally learning more about a specific high-needs area.

Special Education

Judson's Learning Behavior Specialist 1 program meets the Illinois Standards for all special education teachers. Through a broad spectrum of courses, candidates will be prepared to teach students ages 3 through 21 who have exceptionalities.The coursework focuses on the characteristics and methods appropriate for different age levels as well as how to structure positive and healthy learning environments in a variety of settings. The practicum experiences span early childhood through high school settings to provide proficiencies with a multitude of ages of students.

Secondary Education

Secondary Education majors become experts in their fields through a comprehensive program in content-specific courses. In addition, candidates Secondary Education majors become experts in their fields through a comprehensive program in content-specific courses. In addition, candidates learn best practices in the art of teaching in high school. The coursework begins with a focus on general high school education and then narrows to the best methods for teaching within the candidate's chosen content area. Practicum experiences allow candidates options to work with diverse high school students in after school settings, private schools, and public schools. In Illinois secondary teacher candidates must pursue licensure in a particular academic content area. Judson University offers secondary licensure in the following academic disciplines: English, Mathematics, Science / Biology, Science / Chemistry, Social Science / History.

Education Certificate

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. Licenses can be obtained in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Learning Behavior Specialist 1, or Secondary Education. A minimum of five semesters and the ability to take classes during the daytime (as well as an occasional night class) is required to complete the sequence. 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.”

For more information, contact Dr. Keith Drew at kdrew@judsonu.edu or 847-628-1082.

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