The Early Childhood Education program faculty has identified decision points at which each candidate's performance is assessed to determine if appropriate knowledge, skills, and dispositions are evident in the candidate's work. These decision points are referred to as gateways. Positive faculty recommendations are required at each program gateway in order for a candidate to proceed toward program completion. The Student Progress Committee is responsible for all gateway assessments. The gateways in this program are
Admission to each field-based laboratory experience
Admission to Student Teaching
Approval for graduation and recommendation for teacher certification
In some circumstances, conditional continuation may be determined by faculty to be an appropriate option for a candidate.
The faculty monitors and evaluates student progress continually. The section, Teacher Education and Certification, in the GSU catalog provides a general description of the standards used to evaluate student progress. A more detailed statement of the standards and processes followed by the early childhood education faculty is available in the Undergraduate Early Childhood Education Student Handbook.
Before enrolling in student teaching, each student must:
complete at least 71-76 hours of general education requirements with a GPA of 2.75 or higher with a grade of "C" or better in each course;
complete in each course all professional education requirements with a GPA of 3.0 or higher with a grade of "B" or better in each course in EDUC321 and EDEC350 or EDEC360 and a grade of "C" or better in all other courses;
complete 100 hours of pre-student teaching field experiences;
and complete at least 18 hours in the teaching specialization.
In addition, effective Fall 2004, each student must pass the Illinois early childhood certification content test before being placed in student teaching.
This program is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education to recommend graduates for the Initial Early Childhood Certificate. To be recommended for certification by Governors State University, students must complete at least 71-76 hours in general education and 56 credit hours in professional education requirements in Early Childhood Education. General education courses may include both lower- and upperdivision course work. Students must earn a grade of "B" or better in EDEC499: Student Teaching.
To be recommended for certification, each student must present evidence of having passed the basic skills and subject matter knowledge examinations required by the Illinois State Board of Education to issue the Initial Early Childhood Education certificate.
To be recommended by Governors State University, students must apply for the certificate within one year of completing the program.
Candidates must also pass the Assessment of Professional Teaching of the Illinois Certification testing system to be certified in Illinois.