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Early Childhood Education

At Dominican you’ll gain all the skills you need to be a confident and top-quality teacher, prepared to teach young children—including those with special needs. In addition to rigorous academic coursework, you’ll gain valuable field experience working with outstanding mentor teachers.

Dominican University is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education to prepare teachers for early childhood education. Graduates of this program earn a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and entitlement to a Type 04 early childhood teaching certificate.

Working with very young children (birth to third grade) is a rewarding and growing career field.

The early childhood teacher education program has three basic elements:

  1. General education competency studies ensuring that candidates have completed general studies courses and experiences in the liberal arts and sciences and have developed theoretical and practical knowledge
  2. Professional and pedagogical studies ensuring that candidates acquire and apply the professional and pedagogical knowledge and skills to become competent to work with all students
  3. Clinical and field experience ensuring that candidates learn to integrate general knowledge, academic content, and professional knowledge to create excellent learning experiences for all children

The Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education is designed to prepare candidates for teaching careers in birth-through-third-grade classrooms.

General Education Competencies

Candidates seeking early childhood state certification are required to complete Dominican University’s core curriculum, as well as to demonstrate competency in physical science.

Note: all Dominican students who wish to earn teacher certification must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program.

In your junior year, you will also have the option to take advantage of our combined BA or BS/Master of Science in Early Childhood Education degree program, which can be completed in six or fewer calendar years.

Rose K. Goedert Center

The Rose K. Goedert Center for Early Childhood Education is a special asset to the early childhood education program. Directed by the School of Education, the Center provides high-quality early childhood education to children 2 to 5 years of age.

School of Education students have the opportunity to work in the Center as instructional aides during the field experience and clinical practice portions of their programs.

All programs at the Center are accredited by the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services and are open to the children of Dominican students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the local community.