Master of Science in Early Childhood Education leading to alternative teacher licensure with Bilingual/ESL endorsement

42 Credit Hours

Is this degree for you?

Designed specifically for Teach For America Early Childhood Corps Members, Erikson Institute’s alternative teacher licensure program prepares you to teach young children from birth through third grade and receive the Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with the Early Childhood and Bilingual and/or English as a Second Language endorsements.

The program sets a high standard, presenting the latest findings and theories in early childhood education and child development while engaging Corps Members in critical and reflective thinking about their role in and impact on the lives of young children and their families in schools.

Corps Members who successfully complete all degree program requirements will be eligible to apply for their initial Professional Educator License (PEL) at the end of the two-year alternative licensure program.

Enrollment opens February 15, 2017

What Can You Do With An Erikson Degree?

About the Bilingual/ESL Endorsement

This program will enable Corps Members to earn the Bilingual and/or English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement through the Illinois State Board of Education.

The Bilingual endorsement is available to Corps Members who have second language proficiency and allows early childhood teachers to instruct young children in both their native language and English.

The ESL endorsement prepares monolingual early childhood teachers to effectively instruct new language learners in English.

Note: Corps Members who earn the Bilingual endorsement automatically earn the ESL endorsement, as well. No additional course work is needed.


Early Childhood Corps Members take a combination of courses in child development and early childhood education plus teacher preparation courses and methods seminars that meet the state’s teacher licensure requirements. The program can be completed in two years.

Teaching as ‘a social justice issue’

Eric Branholm, M.S. In Early Childhood Education, Class of 2018, talks about why he wants to be a teacher of young children.

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Financial Commitment

Early Childhood Corps Members can expect tuition expenses of approximately $9,200 per year.
The above cost represents your estimated out-of-pocket yearly tuition pre-AmeriCorps full-time award. If you are eligible for the full-time AmeriCorps award, you will be able to apply that towards your tuition to significantly reduce the out of pocket cost to $3,250 per year. For example, if you receive the AmeriCorps full-time award for 2017-’18 (and it totals the predicted $5,920), you can expect to pay $3,250 per year for tuition (after the AmeriCorps award amount is applied).

Financial Aid Application opens February 15, 2017

Meet Our Faculty and Alumni

Preparing teachers involves mixing a passion for education with other interests

Professor Gillian D. McNamee, Ph.D.
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Early learning is informed by culture, family, and community

Professor Luisiana Meléndez, Ph.D.
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Understanding bilingualism helped shape her approach to teaching

Alumna Rakhee Dodia, M.S. ’16
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