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Early Childhood Education

National Louis University

24 months
685 USD/credit
685 USD/credit
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The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Early Childhood Education from National Louis University is for students who would like to earn their Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) endorsed for early childhood and self-contained general education (age 0 to grade 2).


What You Will Learn

  • Principles of child development that affect teaching and learning
  • Different instructional and evaluative methods and their historical and theoretical foundations
  • Methods for teaching content and skills in a supportive learning environment
  • How to incorporate technology into practice
  • Techniques for developing curriculum and lesson plans
  • An appreciation of diverse needs and perspectives in working with children and families
  • Students will graduate with 100 hours of pre-clinical experiences in infant/toddler, pre-primary and primary school settings during the program.


The demand for childcare centers and the professionals to staff them will increase as states implement preschool programs for 3- and 4- year-old children. The number of subsidies for children from low-income families attending Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Early Childhood Education from National Louis University is rising. Additionally, there are a growing number of employers funding and operating child care centers for their employees. This increase in children being served through early child care programs will result in excellent opportunities for teachers within this industry.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language 
  • Assessment of ESL and Bilingual Education Students 
  • Cross Cultural Education 
  • Early Childhood Instructional Metnods/Preprimary/Language 
  • Arts/Literature/ Art\Music/Movement 
  • Early Childhood Instructional 
  • Methods/Preprimary/Mathematics/Science/Social Studies 
  • Instructional Methods/Primary/Matn and Science 
  • Early Literacy Methods PreK-3 
  • Introduction to and Methods ot Teaching Students witn Disabilities 
  • Differentiated and Individualized Curriculum and Instruction 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




45 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Candidates must complete General Education Requirements before the end of the second term or before the start of the third term:
    • Science – coursework covering at least three of the following areas: physical, life science, and earth and space
    • Social Sciences – coursework covering at least four of the following areas: history, geography, civics and government, economics of Illinois, US and the world
  • Requires student teaching. Student teachers spend a minimum of 11 weeks in the classroom at an assigned school.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    685 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 685 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    685 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 685 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


We are pleased to announce that for all students starting in the Summer 2020 (July) term, NLU is offering brand new undergraduate scholarships for international students! The new scholarships are listed below:

10% Automatic Opportunity Scholarship 

  • Applies to All NLU Undergraduate Programs including Hospitality Management
  • Eligible to Freshman and Transfer Students

50% #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship 

  • Awarded to Two Students Every Fall Term
  • Eligible to Freshman Undergraduate Students Only
  • Deadline is July 1st

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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