Begin Your Career as a Licensed Educator in Illinois
Dual licensure option
CAEP accredited, ISBE approved
With Greenville University’s CAEP accredited online B.S. in Early Childhood Education, you can become licensed to teach children from birth through grade 2 in Illinois. Add an additional licensure to your program to expand your opportunities and qualify for elementary school licensure.
What Makes Us Unique?
- Our program is CAEP accredited and ISBE approved.
- Dual licensure is available in early childhood and elementary education.
- Fast-track your career goals with program completion in 2–4.5 years.*
- Complete 300+ hours of student teaching to apply your skills in real classrooms.
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Potential Careers for Graduates
Preschool teacher $31,930 per year1
Kindergarten teacher $57,860 per year2
Elementary school teacher $60,940 per year2
Child care center director $45,694 per year3
Broaden Your Career Options With Dual Teaching Credentials
The B.S. in Early Childhood Education features a dual licensure option in early childhood and elementary education, allowing you to graduate with two teaching licenses in the state of Illinois and qualifying you for a wide range of roles educating students from birth through grade 6.
Factors like a teacher shortage, increasing student enrollments, and teacher retirements2 are driving demand for qualified, passionate educators. Employment for preschool teachers is expected to grow 18% through 2030, a rate that’s almost triple the national average.1
As a Greenville University online student, you will earn a degree accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), signaling to employers across the state that you have the knowledge, experience, and skillsets to make a positive impact in the classroom.
What You’ll Learn
When you complete this program, you will be licensed in the state of Illinois to:
- Teach children from birth through grade 2
- Create developmentally appropriate, child-centered, and play-based experiences for young children
- Educate the whole child and serve families in the process, by helping them engage in the education of their children
- Build meaningful classroom experiences for students from diverse backgrounds
- Expand your career options through dual credentialing and become licensed to teach through 6th grade
Skills You’ll Gain
- Early childhood development
- Teaching methods
- Constructive play strategies
- Child, family, and community relationship building
- Emergent language
Greenville University is here to support you during your program and after graduation.
Contact the Office of Career Services at (618) 664–6655 for more information.
Sources and Disclaimer
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Preschool Teachers. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/preschool-teachers.htm.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/kindergarten-and-elementary-school-teachers.htm.
- Payscale.com. Average Child Care Center Director Salary. Retrieved from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Child_Care_Center_Director/Salary.
*Program duration ranges from 2-4.5 years. Completion time is dependent upon transfer credits accepted and the dual licensure program component.