Early Childhood Education

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Program Overview

Early Childhood Education majors at Judson University receive a broad liberal arts education, gain a thorough knowledge of teaching methods, and participate in a wide range of practical experiences with students ranging from infants through the second grade.

Method 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 our future teachers to better ensure that all of their students learn.


Why Early Childhood Education at Judson?

Professional Educator License

The Judson Early Childhood Education program entitles teachers with a Professional Educator License for students ranging from infants through the second grade. In addition to the core classes in the our program, Judson has built the necessary coursework for an ESL endorsement into our four-year plan to allow candidates a higher chance of employment upon graduation.

Special Endorsements

For interested candidates, we also offer:

  • Bilingual Education
  • Special Education

Post-Graduate opportunities

The Judson University Graduate program offers a number of post-graduate degrees for those with an Education undergraduate education including an M.Ed in Literacy and three different Education Doctorate programs.

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Education Department

Learn more about the other programs offered in the Education Department.

Making a Difference

Teachers walk into their classroom having the opportunity everyday to make a difference. At Judson University, we can give you the skills you need to make the most of that opportunity. You’ll find our education graduates in almost every school in the northern Fox River Valley and in many schools across the country.

Our education curriculum’s emphasis on extensive field experience and commitment to Christian ethics keeps our graduates in high demand.

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Office of Admissions


Dr. Joy Towner
Education Department Chair, Professor

Get Real-World Experience

Unlike many education programs, we give our students the chance to begin practicum experiences starting their freshman year. This way you can decide early on if teaching is the right path for you.

By graduation, our students have years of experience in diverse public and private classroom settings and are well-prepared for their transition to a full-time educator.

Illinois Professional Teaching Standards

The education programs align with the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards and prepare candidates for Illinois licensure. Any candidates wishing to teach in another state should check with that state’s board of education to determine the ease of transferring the Illinois license.

Find Success at Judson

All I can say about Judson is that it’s the entire package. They have meaningful classes to prepare you not only for your future classroom but also for your life in general. The professors are there for you and care about you on an academic level but also on a spiritual one as well. Being a single parent, I always felt cared for with life circumstances. Class work was always manageable and I felt Judson fully prepared me for my job in the classroom.”
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Jackie Anderson2020 Graduate, ELL Teacher for Capron Elementary School, North Boone School District | Capron, IL