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Quincy University to offer early childhood degree

Dr. Julia Auch Dr. Julia Auch
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Quincy University’s School of Education has announced the addition of a new Early Childhood Education Degree Program.

Matt Bergman, Director of Development at QU stated with recent changes in the Illinois State Board of Education’s (ISBE) requirements for early childhood teachers, the university decided to make an addition to the education degree programs already offered.

Dr. Julia Auch, early childhood education coordinator, has spent the past year developing a state-approved curriculum for the Early Childhood Education Degree Program.

“The ISBE now includes kindergarten as part of early childhood education, so with the current degree offerings the university has, education majors graduating from QU would not be able to teach kindergarten,” said Auch.

The ISBE’s changes reflect research that has proven a strong educational experience early on in a child’s life is key to academic success later on.

The program will start in the fall of 2018, according to Bergman.He stated with this degree, students graduating from QU will be able to work with multiple age groups and grade levels in a variety of settings. Career options include working as an infant and toddler teacher, a pre-school through second-grade teacher, family services worker, childcare administrator or an early intervention specialist.

“The focus on early childhood education is strong in Quincy and surrounding areas," said Auch. "Multiple community partners consistently collaborate to ensure high-quality programming is being delivered to children and families, and to avoid duplication of services. Quincy University is thrilled to have joined these dedicated professionals in the field, and looks forward to continuing to build linkages throughout the region."

The announcement was made Monday at a press conference held in the Hall of Fame Room on the Quincy University campus.

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