Join NIU’s Early Childhood Studies Program
NIU’ s interdisciplinary Early Childhood degree prepares you for a successful career in working with young children and their families. In our courses, you learn by doing. Pre-service teachers participate in projects, field experiences, and assignments that mirror the work of early childhood teachers.

NIU’s quality program is--
  • Recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education
  • Designed to prepare learners for Illinois State Teaching licensure
  • Taught by specialists in child development and early childhood education
Our alumni have found success as pre-K through 3rd grade teachers, Head Start educators and administrators, school district early childhood coordinators, teaching consultants, intervention specialists, and more.



The path to a successful teaching career is closer than you think. Get started now!

Take a preview course starting this summer or fall

NIU is offering a unique opportunity for you to try out a course in Early Childhood Studies at University Center of Lake County (UCLC). For more information, complete the form on the right.

Learn about the Spring 2014 program at UCLC
This program will offer convenient classes on a Thursday evening/Saturday schedule in conjunction with flexible online learning.

Learn more about Early Childhood Studies and reserve your copy of "NIU's Guide to Careers in Early Childhood Education." This document will help you explore career paths to decide which NIU program is right for you.
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