Columbia College Chicago


For more than 20 years, we have provided students seeking Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees with the skills to become creative, 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.

Majors & Programs

For requirements and more information about these programs, visit the course catalog.

Early Childhood Education, BA


Developed with the internationally renowned Reggio Emilia approach at its core, the Early Childhood Education program emphasizes arts-integrated, hands-on and child-centered teaching from birth through third grade. Through this program, you will have the opportunity to qualify for teacher licensure for this age group. With over 800 hours of experience in early childhood classrooms, you will be well prepared to enter a market that demands well-educated professionals who can inspire children and engage their potential for creativity, learning and growth.

Teaching Artist Minor


Ever wondered what it’s like to share your passion for the arts with children and youth? Consider the Teaching Artist Minor. This minor is designed to introduce you to this rapidly-expanding field, in which artists incorporate their creativity in a variety of educational settings such as schools, park districts, museums, YMCAs, and JCCs.

Education Minor


If you’re considering a career working with or for children and adolescents as a teaching artist, counselor, art therapist, media consultant, or author or illustrator of children’s books, the Education Minor can prepare you for these professions. This minor focuses on children’s development and arts integration, a hallmark of the department’s Early Childhood Education program. A hands-on, intensive practicum experience is available for qualified students.

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