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In Loyola's early childhood special education program, you'll learn skills and strategies to support students with special needs from birth through third grade

Without proper support and opportunities, children with different social and behavioral needs can be overlooked or fall behind. With a degree in early childhood special education from Loyola, you can work with the youngest children to help facilitate fulfilling experiences in childcare settings and future schooling. Our program prepares you to work with children from birth through third grade, and our field-based, hands-on approach is the only special education program of its kind, so you'll work directly with children right away. Plus, there is opportunity to earn multiple Illinois licensures and endorsements, which will make you a desirable candidate on the job market.

By the numbers

99%

TEACHER EMPLOYMENT BY GRADUATION

80%

FIELD-BASED CURRICULUM, THE ONLY OF ITS KIND NATIONALLY

1,200+

HOURS IN THE CLASSROOM AS A STUDENT-TEACHER, THE EQUIVALENT OF ONE YEAR OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Our commitment to you

Upon graduation with a bachelor of science in early child special education degree from Loyola, you will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values necessary to to address the needs of children special needs from birth to third grade in inclusive school environments.

Knowledge

You'll develop a deep understanding of both content and pedagogy to provide developmentally appropriate instruction to all students. You will also be eligible for Illinois licensure in the following areas:

  • Early childhood education for birth to age 8;
  • Early childhood special education for birth to age 8;
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Early Intervention by the Illinois Department of Human Services and an Initial Credential in Developmental Therapy.
  • Level 5 Illinois Early Childhood Education and Infant/Toddler credentials

Skills

You'll have accrued the equivalent of one year of full-time teaching experience through all the hands-on, experiential learning opportunities in Chicago's classrooms and community organizations, so you will be ready to be at the head of your own classroom. With the foundational knowledge from your Loyola education, you will utilize theories, data, and research practices when making decisions in your classroom and for your students and when assessing the effectiveness of teaching on learning.

Professional Values

As a Loyola-trained educator, you'll emphasize the importance of each of your students as an individual. You'll have high expectations for your students and values the experiences of diverse students. And you'll have the tools and training to address societal issues like inequitable resources and institutional barriers to success for all.

Curriculum

 

All of Loyola’s Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd) degrees use the Teaching, Learning, and Leading with Schools and Communities (TLLSC) curriculum as its foundation. It’s an approach that will help you stand out when you’re searching for your first job.

The TLLSC curriculum focuses on hands-on learning. Your studies will be built around four Cornerstones—partnering with schools and communities, classroom diversity, ongoing classroom experience, and participating in professional learning communities.

As you learn and grow, you’ll progress through the three Phases of the program. These phases will guide you through a comprehensive experience that will prepare you to make a difference with learners in diverse settings.

BSEd in Early Childhood Special Education Sequence of Classes [PDF]

Program Benefits

  • Get extensive classroom experience in diverse settings through Loyola’s partnerships with schools and communities.
  • Graduate with eligibility for an ELL (English Language Learners) endorsement.
  • Graduate from a fully accredited college that prepares students for licensing and advanced board licensure.
  • Continually collaborate with faculty and students at all levels within your chosen specialty through professional learning communities.
  • Earn a teacher certificate through the International Baccalaureate Organization (bilingual/bicultural, elementary and secondary education graduates)
 
 

Admission Requirements

Visit Undergraduate Admission to start your online application today.

Tuition and Financial Aid

 

The School of Education and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable.