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Graduate Early Childhood Special Education Approval


Enhance your instruction
and assessment skills
Discover more about students who
face additional challenges to learning
Growing demand for early childhood
special educators
Work with children at the start
of their educational journey

The Illinois State Board of Education allows teachers who hold an Illinois license endorsed in early childhood self-contained general education or LBS I (PreK-age 22) to earn an approval in Early Childhood Special Education that allows them to teach children with disabilities in preschool.

Program Highlights

  • Early childhood special education approval on your Professional Educator License (PEL) to teach children with disabilities in preschool
  • ISBE approved courses
  • Ability to plan, deliver instruction and assess learning
  • Experience support to acquire familiarity with family support programs, service delivery models and language and literacy development

Students will obtain:

  • Knowledge of disabilities and student differences
  • Ways to differentiate instruction and help young children grow and develop
  • Capacity to ascertain best practices based on individual differences among students
  • Instructional strategies for effective instruction for all students
  • Skills for working effectively with families of young children with disabilities
  • Strategies for stimulating language and literacy development
  • Means of assessing young children and environments that serve young children

Program Requirements

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

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