Early Childhood Education (BA)

This program is not accepting applications for new students at this time.

Please see the Early Childhood Education Minor for current opportunities.
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The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program at Columbia College Chicago provides students with the opportunity to complete both their Bachelor of Arts degree and a Professional Educator License (PEL) with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education. This license enables them to teach children from birth through grade two in multiple settings, including public schools. 

Students graduate with the tools to apply theory- and research-based craft in schools, social service agencies, community organizations and other venues that provide youth education.


Reggio Emilia Approach

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In the Classroom

Students will take courses about human development, language learning, linguistic development, and culture in young children's literature, in addition to electives from the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum.

Columbia has relationships with schools throughout the City of Chicago, where students conduct primary student teaching internships in the last year of the program.