Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

Curriculum

BSEd in Early Childhood Special Education

Beginning as freshmen, students advance in the program through a series of beginning modules, based entirely in community settings, focusing on birth through grade 12 learning environments. Upon reaching Sequence 4, ECSE students learn about development sequentially, as they move through specialized sequences in birth-to-three, preschool and early elementary settings.

An inclusive philosophy is infused throughout each of these sequences, joining together the least restrictive environment provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) and best practices in meeting the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse young children with the Loyola University Chicago School of Education conceptual framework. The program emphasizes the application of knowledge and skills to improve cultural competence, enhance educational outcomes for diverse students/families, and pursue social justice as an outcome of professional practice and decision-making.

The ECSE program culminates in a one-year internship in an early elementary setting with both ECSE and early elementary school experiences. This integrated and intensive field-based approach is designed to infuse the field of early childhood education with highly prepared, fully credentialed professional educators who serve as advocates for young children in a variety of roles to meet critical needs.‌

Sequence of Courses

The following sequence of classes are taken over the four years of the BSEd in Early Childhood Special Education major. The sequence includes University Core Curriculum courses.

Sequence 1  
TLSC 300A Professional Learning Community 0
TLSC 110 The Profession and Our Program 1
TLSC 120 Learning & Developmental Theory into Practice 2
TLSC 130 Community Immersion 1
UCWR 100 College Writing Seminar 3
UCSF 137 Scientific Basis of Environmental Issues 3
UCLR 100 Interpreting Literature 3
UNIV 101 Freshman Seminar 1
  Total Hours 14
  Complete CPS Background Check  
  Take Test of Academic Proficiency  
Sequence 2
TLSC 300B Professional Learning Community 1
TLSC 140 Teaching, Learning & Leading for Social Justice 1
TLSC 150 Developing Constructive Learning Environments 1
TLSC 160 Analyze Culturally Responsive Classroom Instruction 1
CIEP 104 Math for Teachers I (Quantitative Core) 3
CIEP 206 Children's Literature (TIER II - Literary Core) 3
TIER I Historical Knowledge 3
PHYS 101 Liberal Arts Physics 3
  Total Hours 16
  Must have completed the CPS Background Check  
Sequence 3
TLSC 300A Professional Learning Community 0
TLSC 210 Education Policy Then and Now 2
TLSC 220 Individualizing Instruction for Diverse Students 4
ELPS 219 American Education (Historical Tier II) 3
PHIL 130 Philosophy and Persons 3
TIER I Societal and Cultural Knowledge Core 3
  Total Hours 15
  Must have passed the Test of Academic Proficiency  
Sequence 4
TLSC 300B Professional Learning Community 1
TLSC 250 DAP with Infants/Toddlers/Families 3
TLSC 251 Family Center Assessment/Early Intervention 3
TLSC 252 Standards 1
TLSC 253 Early Childhood Special Education 2
TLSC 254 Language Development and Literacy 3
ELECTIVE General Elective 3
  Total Hours 16
Sequence 5
TLSC 300A Professional Learning Community 0
TLSC 310 Classroom Reading Instruction 2
TLSC 320 Using Classroom Data to Advance Achievement 2
TLSC 330 Literacy in Specific Contexts 2
CIEP M43 Special Education Methods 3
TIER I Theological and Religious Studies Core 3
CORE Ethics 3
  Total Hours 15
  Take Early Childhood Special Education Exam #152  
Sequence 6
TLSC 300B Professional Learning Community 1
TLSC 340 Teaching & Learning in an Area/Specialization 2
TLSC 350 Teaching & Learning with a Global Framework 4
PLSC 101 American Politics 3
CIEP M38 Reading and Writing Methods 3
CORE Artistic Knowledge 3
  Total Hours 16
  Apply for Student Teaching by March 1  
Sequence 7
TLSC 300A Professional Learning Community 0
TLSC 360 Developing Instruction and Assessment 3
TLSC 370 Designing Instruction and Assessment 3
ELPS 302 Philosophy of Education (Philosophical Tier II) 3
CIEP M44 Special Education K-3 3
TIER II Theological and Religious Studies Core 3
  Total Hours 15
  Apply for Graduation in LOCUS by October 1  
Sequence 8
TLSC 300B Professional Learning Community 1
TLSC 380 Student Teaching (ENGAGED LEARNING) 12
  Total Hours 13
  Must have passed Early Childhood Special Education #152 prior to student teaching  
  Take Assessment of Professional Teaching Test  

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