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Early Childhood Education Program

Illinois Teaching Certificate

If you have already earned your bachelor’s degree and seek Illinois Teacher Licensure only, successfully completing Kendall’s licensure-only track will qualify you to apply for the Illinois Teaching License.


Lesson Plan Portfolio
Early Childhood Education Major Course-based Assessments
Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)
Clinical Practice Evaluations
Disposition Assessments
Major Coursework GPA


Illinois ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency (Field 400)
Illinois Content Area Test, Early Childhood Education (Field 107)

Optional Concentrations

You may wish to focus your studies in any of seven areas of concentration, including:

  • Administration and Leadership
  • Childhood Nutrition
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Grant Management
  • Infants and Toddlers
  • Small Business Management
  • Special Education

Completing applicable Special Education coursework will allow you to apply for an Early Childhood Special Education approval on your license.

Candidates in the Illinois Teacher Licensure Preparation (post-baccalaureate) track can choose to add a concentration. Candidates who choose to focus on Special Education must take SOE 260 in addition to the first three required concentration courses for Special Education. Completing all applicable Special Education coursework will allow you to apply for an Early Childhood Special Education Approval on your license.

Post-baccalaureate candidates may also choose to add the English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement. By completing applicable coursework (no test required), you will be able to teach English Language Learners. A total of 100 field hours are required. With the same coursework, a candidate can receive the bilingual endorsement, which allows educators to teach bilingual students in a variety of subjects. Candidates must pass a Target Language Proficiency test through the Illinois Licensure Testing System to earn the bilingual endorsement.

Furthermore, because optional approval and endorsement coursework is taken in addition to the requirements for this track, financial aid does not always apply.

Kendall’s School of Education is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education for its licensure preparation program that leads to the Illinois Teacher License.


SOE 112 Teaching and Learning in a Diverse Society 4
ECE 215 Child Health, Safety, and Nutrition 4
SOE 222 Child Development 4
ECE 240 Observation and Assessment of the Young Child 4
ECE 252 Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Infants and Toddlers 4
SOE 290 Children With Exceptionalities 4
SOE 302 Found of Curr, Instruction and Assessment 4
ECE 317 Classroom Management 4
SOE 327 Response to Intervention (RTI) 4
SOE 380 Technology Integration in the Classroom 4
ECE 401 Pre-Primary Teaching and Learning 4
ECE 403 Emergent Literacy 4
ECE 405 Literacy Development 4
ECE 407 Methods of Teaching Mathematics 4
ECE 409 Methods of Teaching Science 4
ECE 411 Methods of Teaching SS and the Arts 4
SOE 420 Methods of Teaching Children with Exceptionalities in the General Education Classroom 4
ECE 460 Clinical Practice and Seminar: Pre-Primary* 6
ECE 465 Clinical Practice and Seminar: Primary 6


Additional Licensure Information and topics can be found in the Kendall College Student Handbook & Academic Catalog. Topics include Illinois test options, test validity, testing requirements for post-baccalaureate applicants, foreign applicants and Illinois licensure, test vouchers, out-of-state licensure, and clinical practice. You should contact the Illinois State Board of Education or Regional Office of Education to confirm if a particular endorsement can be added to your license.


Per the Illinois State board of Education – Effective July 22, 2015 all tests of “basic skills”, including the Illinois Basic Skills Tests # 96, #300, TAP #400, as well as qualifying ACT plus Writing and SAT tests are valid indefinitely. Once a test of “basic skills” is passed it will never expire. All Illinois other licensure tests will be valid for 10 years from the date passed. Further clarifications can be directed to an Enrollment Advisor or the Licensure Officer.

As of July 1, 2016, the Illinois State Board of Education requires that preschool teachers who provide native language/ English as a Second Language instruction to English Language Learner students must hold the ESL or bilingual endorsement or approval that corresponds with the teaching assignment. For more information call the Illinois State Board of Education, Division of Educator Licensure, at 217.557.6763.

Effective July 24, 2012 ACT/SAT scores can be used in lieu of a passing score on the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) for admission to an Illinois Educator Preparation Program. Further clarifications can be found in the Kendall College Student Handbook & Academic Catalog.

The School of Education requires anyone interested in enrolling in the post-baccalaureate program track for Illinois Licensure to pass the TAP 400 test, the ACT plus Writing test, or the SAT test (with qualifying scores) prior to admission to Kendall College. Contact an Enrollment Advisor for information about testing.

Any graduate of Kendall College’s School of Education returning to enroll in the post-baccalaureate program track may be subject to additional course requirements depending on the catalog year and plan of study completed when the graduate previously attended. New courses have been added to meet new Illinois State Board of Education rules and new education standards. Contact an Enrollment Advisor for more information.

New Illinois Grade Range for Early Childhood Endorsement:

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is changing the grade range of the Professional Educator License with Early Childhood endorsement from Birth through Grade 3 to Birth through Grade 2, effective September 1, 2019. Restrictions apply and deadlines have been set by the ISBE for anyone seeking to earn Birth through Grade 3. Contact an Enrollment Advisor for more information.

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