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Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education: Careers

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.

Program Outcomes

What You’ll Learn

When you complete this program, you will be licensed in the state of Illinois to:

Skills You’ll Gain

  • Early childhood development
  • Teaching methods
  • Constructive play strategies
  • Child, family, and community relationship building
  • Emergent language
  • Literacy

Career Support

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.

Job Fairs

We host four job fairs per year, both on campus and through our partnerships within the Gateway Career Association.

Alumni Network

When you graduate with a degree from Greenville University, you’ll be a part of our extensive network of former students.

Office of Career Services

We can help you begin your job search, make professional connections, and prepare for the job you want.

Find Your Strengths

Explore your talents with Gallup StrengthsQuest, an assessment tool that sets you up for career success.

Sources and Disclaimer

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.