2023-2024 CATALOG

The Academic Catalog is the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies and degree requirements for Loyola University Chicago. It is published every year in advance of the next academic year.

Early Childhood Special Education (BSEd)

In Loyola's Early Childhood Special Education program, you'll learn inclusive, specialized teaching practices to support each and every child across the span of birth through second grade.

With a degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Loyola, you will be fully licensed in both early childhood education and special education and eligible to teach in general education, inclusive, or special education programs. Our program supports you in developing the critical skills required to develop meaningful learning experiences for both typically developing children and those with disabilities.

You will leave fully credentialed in Early Childhood Education (ECE), Early Intervention (enabling you to work with the families of infants and toddlers with disabilities), and Special Education. Our field-based, hands- on approach is the only program in Illinois offering credentials in all of these areas, and graduates are highly sought by school and program administrators.

Our program uses an apprenticeship approach, so you'll work directly with infants/toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children throughout your four years. You will earn a unique blended Illinois Professional Educator License in ECSE, as well as an ESL endorsement, a credential in EI, and Level 5 Infant/Toddler and Preschool Gateways credentials, which together highlight you as a desirable candidate on the job market. Our graduates are selected for competitive positions, and after the first eight years, 92% were still working in the field of education.

Learn more by reading through our Early Childhood Special Education Program Viewbook.