Saint Xavier University’s (SXU) School of Education has received a $45,000 grant from the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) to support a unique approach to redesigning its Early Childhood Education curriculum and improving program articulation with two-year colleges.
SXU School of Education Associate Professor and Early Childhood Education Program Chair Anne George will direct the project.
“This project will redesign the Early Childhood Education program in response to the latest standards for licensure and accreditation, as well as strengthen the alignment of curriculum between Moraine Valley Community College, Richard J. Daley Community College, and Saint Xavier University,” George said. “It also will address key areas of need such as bilingual/English language learning programs.”
SXU Director of Teacher Education and Certification Larry Sondler has closely worked with Prof. George to facilitate collaboration between SXU and other Chicago-area two- and four-year higher education institutions that were also funded under this grant program.
The grant, which comes from IBHE’s Early Childhood Education Program, is funded by the federal Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge. It is a collaborative effort of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, Illinois Community College Board, Illinois State Board of Education, The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning, and the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development, in conjunction with the Illinois Early Learning Council’s subcommittee on Higher Education Learning and Professional Development.