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Graduate Early Childhood Education



Remote Learning
(Due to COVID-19)


Start Dates

Two Start Terms
Next Start Term: August 24, 2020


Program Length

2.5 years



Tuition Per Credit Hour: $575
Credit Hours to Complete: 33
Approximate Cost: $18,975


Credit Hours

43 Credit Hours




Be a teacher

while earning your teacher license

Every day

brings something new

Growing demand

for teachers

Work with children

at the start of their educational journey

Traditional Program

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Alternative Program

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Traditional Program

Candidates in this program will have the opportunity to to earn their master's degree concurrent with their teacher license as well as receive guidance and support of a mentor teacher, a University coordinator and a site coach throughout their two years of required provisional teaching.

The ISBE-approved curriculum for birth to grade 2 will prepare candidates with the knowledge of child development and the developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) of indoor and outdoor activity ideas matched to early learning standards as well as instructional strategies for literacy, numeracy, social sciences, science and the arts.

Program Requirements

The Early Childhood Education program requires that applicants have one of the following:

  • a degree in English/language arts, mathematics, one of the physical sciences, or one of the social sciences.
  • the equivalent of a degree - 32 credit hours in English/language arts, mathematics, one of the physical sciences, or one of the social sciences.
  • 32 credit hours in a combination of the four core content areas - English/language arts, mathematics, physical sciences, and social sciences.

Please view the admission requirements page, as well as the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog for additional information.

Graduation Requirements

33 credit hours for certification plus 9 or 12 credit hours for degree.

All coursework must be completed within five years of admission. A cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 must be maintained; a grade of D is not acceptable toward satisfying degree or licensure requirements. Not more than 6 credit hours of appropriate graduate credit, taken prior to being admitted to Saint Xavier University and taken within the past five years, may be transferred from another institution. A grade of B or better must be earned in order for coursework to be transferred

Alternative Program

The alternative licensure path is an option for prospective Early Childhood Education teachers who need to earn a salary while pursuing a teaching license. This alternative licensure program enables candidates to hold a paid position as the teacher of record while pursuing an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL). This transformative and affordable experience is available online and on-campus.

Our alternative licensure programs follow rigorous guidelines that include:

  • accelerated coursework
  • field experiences
  • teaching experiences
  • licensure testing

Candidates enroll in six semesters of program coursework including two intensive summer sessions as they complete a 43-credit hour program leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).

The alternative licensure programs simultaneously combine accelerated coursework with classroom experiences and one-to-one mentoring. 

Candidates in this program will have the guidance and support of a site-based mentor/coach and a University coordinator throughout the two years of required provisional teaching.

Please view the admission requirements page, as well as the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog for additional information.

Contact Information

If you have additional questions, please contact:

Graduate Admission
Phone: 773-298-3053


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