Early Childhood Education - Basic

The mission of the Early Childhood Education Basic Certificate program is to prepare students for employment in the early childhood education field by educating them in the fundamental concepts, knowledge, and hands-on techniques and skills of early childhood education and preparing them for the Gateways ECE Level 2 Credential, which can lead to Level 3 and Level 4 Credentials. 

Degree

Certificate (Certificate Program)
Total Credit Hours: 18

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
CHILD 110 INTRODUCTION TO CHILD DEVELOPMENT  3
CHILD 120 HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT  3
CHILD 130 INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE ACTIVITIES  3
CHILD 134 OBSERVATION AND ASSESSMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN  3
CHILD 140 CHILD, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY  3
CHILD 142 HEALTH, SAFETY, AND NUTRITION FOR THE YOUNG CHILD  3

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1CHILD 110; CHILD 120; CHILD 140
Spring Semester 1 CHILD 130; CHILD 134; CHILD 142

Program Contact Information

Business, Hospitality, and Information Systems Department

Technology Center Room 205

(309) 694-5558

Illinois Career Cluster

Human Services

Career Pathway:
Early Childhood Development and Services