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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Early Childhood Education for Currently Licensed Teachers Certificate

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GSU Post-B.A. leading to ISBE Early Childhood Endorsement

The College of Education designed this program for those who already possess a teaching license (Professional Educator License - PEL) and wish to pursue a subsequent endorsement in Early Childhood Education (birth to grade 2). This set of a minimum of eight courses (19 hours) meets the ISBE requirements for a subsequent endorsement in Early Childhood Education (birth through 2nd grade). Details on licensure are included in the Licensure of Teachers and Other School Professionals section of this catalog.

Special Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the Early Childhood Education post-BAC program, candidates must meet the be In addition to meeting the university admission criteria, as well as applicants must meet the following admission criteria:

  • have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher in undergraduate work (bachelor’s degree)
  • hold a valid teaching license - Professional Educator License (PEL)


To apply to the ECE post-BAC program, candidates must meet the university admission requirements. Additionally, applicants must provide:

  • an application to the Early Childhood Education Program - Post-BAC, EC Endorsement;
  • official transcripts showing a bachelor’s degree and cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher;
  • current, up-to-date, resume;
  • valid teaching license (PEL)

Requirements for Transfer of Previous Graduate Coursework

Students with previous graduate early childhood coursework may be allowed to apply a maximum of six credit hours (2 courses) to the entitlement/licensure requirements. A grade of at least a “B-” must be earned in the courses. Courses must also have been completed no longer than 8 years prior to application for admission to the Early Childhood Education Endorsement Post-BAC certificate program. Petitions and documents (such as course syllabi) for these applied credits must be submitted before or at the same time as application. No courses taken at another institution after admission to the entitlement/certificate ECE program may be applied. The Early Childhood Education faculty will evaluate all petitions for transfer of coursework, and only courses potentially equivalent to specific GSU Early Childhood courses as listed will be considered.

Additional Approval Considerations

Candidates wishing to apply to ISBE for the optional Special Education Approval that can be placed on an ISBE teaching license (PEL) must complete the additional courses below:

  • EDEC - 8810 Research and Issues in Education I (3)
  • SPED - 6101 Survey of Students with Exceptionalities (3)

Those who complete the entitlement endorsement in Early Childhood Education (grades birth to grade 2) have the option of applying these credits towards the M.A. in Early Childhood Education. All admission requirements to the M.A. in Early Childhood will apply, as well as prerequisites and time restrictions.

Academic Advising

From admission to graduation, your academic advisor is your partner towards success. The Division of Education provides professional academic advisors to serve the needs of all of its candidates. Your program’s academic advisor is the ideal first contact for:

  • individuals considering transfer into this degree program
  • newly admitted candidates who need to develop a plan of study, including evaluation of transfer credits
  • continuing candidates who have questions or comments on program policies, procedures, and requirements
  • individuals considering transfer into this degree program.

Contact Information

Academic Advisor: Carla Johnson

Office: G378

Phone: 708-235-3989

Email: cjohnson@govst.edu

Advisor Expectations

Your advisor is here to answer any questions you have and help you navigate the requirements needed for the program. Your advisor will:

  • Review your application and transcripts, as well as help you with transferring credits
  • Communicate the programs curriculum, requirements, policies and procedures
  • Determine your study plan based on course offerings and program schedule, including personal schedules
  • Provide you with an outline of your program and courses
  • Help you with registering for classes 
  • Encourage and support you in fulfilling your academic goals

Student Expectations

Once you are admitted, make sure you reach out to your advisor for guidance throughout your program. Students are responsible for talking to their advisor regularly and keeping up with their study plan. As a student, you are expected to carry out the following responsibilities to ensure you receive the adequate advising services you need for success:

  • Keep track of all of your advising materials
  • Come to advising appointments prepared with questions
  • Fully understand your degree requirements and how to access university and program policies and procedures
  • Be fully aware of all deadlines. Check the University Academic Calendar regularly
  • Accept responsibility for your actions, decisions, and academic performance
  • Check your GSU email regularly

Information and guidelines about advising can be found at Academic Advising at GSU.

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