Early Childhood Education

The mission of the Early Childhood Education Associate in Applied Science Degree 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 4 Credential.

Degree

Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 60

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110 COMPOSITION I  3
COMM 110 INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION: PRESENTATION AND THEORY  3
PSY 110 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY  3
MATHEMATICS * 3
LABORATORY SCIENCE * 4
CHILD 231 LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN  3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
CHILD 110 INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD  3
CHILD 120 GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE YOUNG CHILD  3
CHILD 130 CURRICULUM FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS  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
CHILD 220 MATH METHODS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD  3
CHILD 222 FINE ARTS AND SOCIAL STUDIES IN EARLY CHILDHOOD  3
CHILD 224 SCIENCE METHODS FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION  2
CHILD 225 GUIDING SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD  3
CHILD 232 LANGUAGE AND LITERACY DEVELOPMENT IN EARLY CHIILDHOOD  3
CHILD 235 TEACHING DIVERSE POPULATIONS  3
CHILD 240 CHILD DEVELOPMENT PRACTICUM I  3
EDUC 213 DIVERSE LEARNERS IN THE CLASSROOM  3

* See specific requirements for Associate in Applied Science Degree.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1CHILD 110; CHILD 120; CHILD 140; ENGL 110; Laboratory Science
Spring Semester 1CHILD 130; CHILD 134; CHILD 142; PSY 110; COMM 110
Fall Semester 2CHILD 220; CHILD 222; CHILD 224; CHILD 225; CHILD 232
Spring Semester 2CHILD 231; CHILD 235; CHILD 240; EDUC 213; Mathematics

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