Academics

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

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
CHILD 110INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD 3
CHILD 120GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE YOUNG CHILD 3
CHILD 130CURRICULUM FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS 3
CHILD 134OBSERVATION AND ASSESSMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN 3
CHILD 140CHILD, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY 3
CHILD 142HEALTH, SAFETY, AND NUTRITION FOR THE YOUNG CHILD 3
CHILD 220MATH METHODS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD 3
CHILD 222FINE ARTS AND SOCIAL STUDIES IN EARLY CHILDHOOD 3
CHILD 224SCIENCE METHODS FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 2
CHILD 225GUIDING SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD 3
CHILD 232LANGUAGE AND LITERACY DEVELOPMENT IN EARLY CHIILDHOOD 3
CHILD 235TEACHING DIVERSE POPULATIONS 3
CHILD 240CHILD DEVELOPMENT PRACTICUM I 3
EDUC 213DIVERSE 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, Legal, and Information Systems Department

Technology Center Room 205

(309) 694-5558

Illinois Career Cluster

Human Services

Career Pathway:
Early Childhood Development and Services