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Early Childhood Education Program

Illinois Teacher Certification Online & B.A. in Education

Our B.A. program in Early Childhood Education with Illinois Professional Educator Licensure Preparation prepares students for work with young children, birth through grade 3*, in educational settings that require licensure. This track is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Our program highlights include:

  • Online learning platform
  • Endorsements and special approvals
  • Progressive curriculum

Call us at +1.888.90.KENDALL today for more information about our B.A. in Early Childhood Education with teacher licensure preparation degree program.

State Authorization Statements

Walden University, in collaboration with Kendall College, has become an approved sub-contractor for providing professional development courses which meet the professional development requirements for Illinois licensure. Beginning July, 2015 Illinois teachers can apply Walden University coursework and credits for programs or courses as it relates to their individualized professional development plan. An official Walden transcript meets the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requirement for documentation of ISBE professional development clock hours.


The Illinois State Board of Education has moved from a Certification structure to a Licensure structure effective June 30, 2013. For more information call the Illinois State Board of Education, Division of Educator Certification, at 217.557.6763

*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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On January 16, 2018, we announced the transition of degree programs from Kendall College to National Louis University (NLU), pending regulatory approvals. Kendall College has been honored to have had the only fully online Early Childhood Education (ECE) program in the state of Illinois. We are pleased to say that National Louis University (NLU) offers the ECE program on campus and has recently received approval from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to offer their ECE program fully online as well, starting with the summer 2018 term. Therefore, in anticipation of a determination by its accreditors and the Department of Education on the proposed transfer, Kendall College will no longer admit students into our ECE online program and NLU will be the only provider of a fully online ECE program in Illinois. You can learn more about NLU and their degree programs on their website.

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Faculty Faculty

Our instructors are current and former practitioners who are passionate about Early Childhood Education.

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Tuition Assistance Tuition Assistance

There are numerous scholarships and awards available based on academic achievement, financial need, interests and other criteria.

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Customize your education degree by specializing in one of seven industry-relevant concentrations.

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