Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

BSEd in Early Childhood Special Education

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The BSEd in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program prepares teacher candidates to address the needs of children special needs from birth to third grade in inclusive school environments. This field-based, blended program prepares every candidate to work effectively with special needs children and families and leads to a combination of Illinois credentials. Early Childhood Special Education Viewbook (PDF)

Program benefits

  • Graduate with eligibility to receive an Illinois teaching license with the following endorsements/credentials: 1) Early childhood education for birth to age 8; 2) Early childhood special education for birth to age 8; 3) English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Prepare for credentialing in Early Intervention by the Illinois Department of Human Services and an Initial Credential in Developmental Therapy.
  • Earn Level 5 Illinois Early Childhood Education and Infant/Toddler credentials through partnership with Gateways to Opportunity. 
  • Experience immersive, field-based courses and collaborative approach in Loyola's newly redeveloped teacher prep program.

Program outcomes

  • Candidates will apply deep understanding of both content and pedagogy to provide developmentally appropriate instruction to all students. 
  • Candidates will hold high expectations and build on the assets of diverse students. 
  • Candidates will utilize information from theories and related research-based practices when making decisions and taking action in their professional practice. 
  • Candidates will use data to drive instruction and assess teaching and learning effectiveness.

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