For more than 20 years, we have led the state of Illinois in providing students seeking Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees with the skills to become effective and successful teachers. We view the arts as essential components of child development and as expansive tools to assess child learning. Our undergraduate and graduate programs help you unite your love of the arts with your dedication to teaching.
For requirements and more information about these programs, visit the course catalog.
Built with the internationally renowned Reggio Emilia educational philosophy at its core, the Early Childhood Education program promotes arts-integrated, hands-on and child-centered teaching from birth through third grade. Upon graduation, you’ll be a certified teacher in a market that demands well-educated professionals who can inspire children and engage their potential for creativity and growth.
Ever wondered what it’s like to share your passion for the arts with younger learners? Consider declaring a minor in Teaching Artistry. The program is designed to introduce you to this rapidly-expanding field, in which artists incorporate their creativity in a variety of educational settings.
If you’re considering a career as a teaching artist, counselor or art therapist, the Education minor can prepare you for future work with children and adolescents. This minor focuses on arts integration, a hallmark of the department’s Early Childhood Education program. A hands-on, intensive practicum experience is available for qualified students.
We’re happy you’re thinking of joining our creative community. We work hard to make our application process as simple and fast as possible, but should you run into any concerns, we're here to help at any time.
If you can’t make it to campus, don’t worry! We have a full schedule of events all across the U.S. and around the world.