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Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

B.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education

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 The B.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program prepares teacher candidates to address the needs of diverse children from birth through second grade in inclusive school environments. This unique, field-based, blended program prepares every candidate to work effectively with diverse children and families and leads to a unique combination of Illinois credentials. These include the following:


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.


School of Education
820 N. Michigan Ave., Lewis Towers 11th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
312.915.6800 ยท SchlEduc@luc.edu

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