Program Highlights

People from a variety of backgrounds enter the PACE Early Childhood Education program in order to complete a degree that gives them a university education with an emphasis on childhood development. It is an attractive option for those wanting to enhance their career working with young children, either in a daycare setting, federal programs or in another environment.

The program prepares students to work with young children from birth through third grade. Graduation from this program results in:

  • Type 04 license,
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement,
  • Letter of approval for Early Childhood Special Education from the Illinois State Board of Education, and
  • coursework to prepare students to earn a developmental therapist credential from the Department of Social Services.

Scheduled one night per week for five weeks, the courses fit into busy schedules. Taking one topic at a time allows students to focus on learning a topic thoroughly before moving on to the next. The program takes you through Illinois state licensure, resulting in graduates with better job access and career mobility in the teaching fields.

Location

The PACE Early Childhood Education program is offered on the Millikin campus and the campus of Parkland College in Champaign.

Additional information

Departmental Course Offerings

Early Childhood Courses
ED 202 General Methods of Early Childhood Education Instruction and Assessment
ED 204 Children's Literature
ED 232 Early Childhood Development
ED 237 Health, Nutrition and Welfare of Young Children
ED 332 Teaching Language Arts and Social Studies
ED 335 Child, Family, and Schools
ED 336 Teaching Math and Science
ED 337 Creative Arts and Movement in Early Childhood
ED 430 Leadership and Professionalism in Early Childhood Programs
ED 435 Reading Methods in Early Childhood
ED 439 Assessment and Diagnosis of Children with Special Needs

 

Professional Education Courses
ED 130/120 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
ED 170/ED 172 Education Internship I or II
ED 205 Portfolio I
ED 310 Creating Communities of Learners
ED 220 Exceptional Child
ED 406 Multidisciplinary Instructional Design and Analysis
ED 474 Supervised Teaching in Early Childhood Education
ED 488 Education Senior Seminar

 

English as a Second Language Endorsement
ED 238 Linguistics and Development of Language in ESL
ED 209 Foundations of ESL
ED 325 ESL Assessment
ED 304 Methods and Materials in the Education of ESL
ED 401 Integrating Cultures in the Classroom
Elective Global Studies (IN 350)

 

Early Intervention Developmental Therapy Courses
ED 232 OR
ED 238
Early Childhood Development or
Child Language Development and Linguistics
ED 240 Infant-Toddler Assessments and Working with Families
ED 239 Characteristics of Young Children with Special Needs
ED 339 Methods in Early Childhood Special Education
ED 335 Child, Family, and Program Relationships

 

ISBE Early Childhood Special Education Letter of Approval
ED 238 Linguistics and Development of Language in ESL
ED 239 Characteristics of Young Children with Special Needs
ED 339 Methods of Early Childhood Special Education
ED 439 Assessment and Diagnosis of Children with Special Needs

Flexible Plan of Study

This academic advising worksheet is presented to provide a realistic preview of your coursework. Once you enroll at Millikin, a faculty advisor will guide you through the process of selecting courses that will help you graduate on-time from this program. Each student’s academic path is unique and your timeline may look different.

This curriculum features:

  • A broad background in early childhood education
  • Methods classes offering instruction and assessment strategies for teaching young children
  • Other professional education classes providing theory and experiences concerning school, teachers, and learning
  • Understanding of the needs of young children with special needs