- Degrees Available:
- Major: Yes
- Minor: No
- Graduate Degree: Yes
- Campus: Macomb & Quad Cities
- Study Opportunities:
- Teacher Certification
Undergraduate Majors, Minors & Programs of Study
The Early Childhood Education major leads to certification for teachers to work with children from birth through age three, preschool and pre-kindergarten for children with special needs, and kindergarten through third grade classrooms.
Candidates who complete WIU’s Early Childhood Program are highly knowledge, reflective teachers committed to creating positive learning communities and using research-based teaching strategies that accommodate and empower all learners.
Courses in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction are taught by full-time faculty, most of whom have doctorates or terminal degrees in their field. Our faculty have taught in a variety of public and private school settings and have been recognized for their teaching excellence and the use of technology in teaching. Faculty are actively involved in a variety of professional organization, provide continuing education workshops for teachers, and publish books and articles in state, national, and international journals.
The faculty are committed to helping students develop into skilled, competent, and creative teachers. The individual assistance that professors provide ensures this goal is achieved. Students are encouraged to communicate frequently with their professors through office visits, email, and phone calls.