Early Childhood Education in Illinois

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Schools Offering Early Childhood Education Programs in Illinois


Approximately 0.3% of graduates in of Illinois receive early childhood education degrees every year. Thus, Illinois' 40 early childhood education schools put out approximately 1,022 early childhood education professionals each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Illinois with a early childhood education program is Loyola University Chicago, which is located in Chicago. In 2010, it was ranked 28th nationwide. In 2010, Loyola University Chicago graduated no students from its early childhood education program. The tuition rate at Loyola University Chicago was $32,114 per year.

University of Illinois at Chicago, which was ranked 29th nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Illinois that has a early childhood education program. It is located in Chicago. In 2010, University of Illinois at Chicago graduated 6 students from its early childhood education program. University of Illinois at Chicago charged in-state students $12,053 in tuition fees per year.

The third-ranked school in Illinois with a early childhood education program is Dominican University, which is located in River Forest. In 2010, it was ranked 35th nationwide. In 2010, 40 students graduated from Dominican University early childhood education program. Dominican University charged in-state students $25,710 in tuition fees per year.

Cost

If you choose to attend a Illinois early childhood education school, average tuition will be $14,767 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $2,610 per year to $32,114 per year. In 2010, the following Illinois early childhood education schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Loyola University Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $32,114 per year
  2. DePaul University - located in Chicago, students are charged $28,858 per year
  3. Elmhurst College - located in Elmhurst, students are charged $28,660 per year

The early childhood education schools that charged the lowest tuition rates in Illinois were:

  1. Shawnee Community College - located in Ullin, students are charged $2,610 per year
  2. Oakton Community College - located in Des Plaines, students are charged $2,750 per year
  3. Black Hawk College - located in Moline, students are charged $2,835 per year

An early childhood education degree from an Illinois school... what next?

Some of the most popular jobs early childhood education graduates in Illinois pursue include kindergarten teacher, elementary school teacher, and preschool director. Illinois had 105,200 early childhood education professionals in 2010. 16,390 of these early childhood education professionals were preschool teachers, 5,470 were kindergarten teachers, and 80,820 were elementary school teachers. The largest populations of Illinois early childhood education professional are working in the following counties:

  1. Cook County - 65,930 early childhood education professionals
  2. Lake County - 7,210 early childhood education professionals
  3. Adams County - 3,920 early childhood education professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of early childhood education professionals in Illinois will grow by 23%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 126,040 early childhood education professionals working in Illinois. The greatest growth for early childhood education professional is predicted to be amongst Preschool Teachers, who are expected to increase by 37% by 2018.

Salary

On average, early childhood education professionals earn $48,010 per year. However, Illinois early childhood education professional earned anywhere in the range from as less than $17,140 per year to more than $122,800 per year in 2010. The following counties in Illinois have the highest average salaries for early childhood education professionals:

  1. Cook County - $51,440 per year
  2. Lake County - $44,468 per year
  3. Edwards County - $43,270 per year

Early childhood education professionals in the following counties in Illinois make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Vermilion County - $36,237 per year
  2. Kankakee County - $36,515 per year
  3. Champaign County - $38,500 per year

On average, the highest paid early childhood education professionals in Illinois were:

  1. Elementary School Teacher - $59,460 per year
  2. Preschool Director - $57,190 per year
  3. Kindergarten Teacher - $46,380 per year

On average, the lowest paid early childhood education professionals in Illinois were:

  1. Kindergarten Teacher - $46,380 per year
  2. Preschool Teacher - $29,010 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Illinois statistics regarding a career in early childhood education and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as early childhood education or .

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education in Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education in Illinois
  • Doctoral Degree in Early Childhood Education in Illinois
  • Certificate in Early Childhood Education in Illinois

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 80,820 $59,460
2
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 16,390 $29,010 16.7%
3
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 5,470 $46,380 25.7%
4
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program 2,520 $57,190 52.7%
 

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