Those who teach our youngest children help lay the foundation for children to grow into lifelong learners and productive citizens. Illinois faces a shortage of highly qualified educators for these students, so a career in early childhood education is a viable choice — and it can be a lot of fun.
As a graduate of the Early Childhood Education program at Millikin, you will receive your type 04 teaching certificate and a letter of approval in special education. This opens the door for you to:
- Teach or direct a birth-3 program
- Teach in a public pre-kindergarten program or Head Start
- Teach in a K-3 classroom in a public school setting
- Teach in an inclusive classroom
- Get credit towards becoming a developmental therapist.
Millikin offers the traditional four-year B.A. and B.S. degrees as well as a PACE program for adult learners, which offers a different format to earn the B.A. or B.S. degree. Every year, courses are linked to internships to allow students to apply what they’ve learned and get a taste for the career opportunities. Millikin University also partners with the nationally recognized Baby Talk program and the public school system.
Please see the Plan of Study and Opportunities pages for more in-depth information about Millikin’s Early Childhood Education coursework inside and outside of our classrooms.
“I liked that this degree would teach me about the children with special needs and that it would prepare me for the children in my classroom. The age I want to teach is younger, so it made the most sense to major in Early Childhood Education so that I would receive concentrated training in that age group.”