Academics

Early Childhood Education – Advanced

The mission of the Early Childhood Education Advanced 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 3 Credential, which can lead to the Level 4 Credential.

Degree

Certificate (Certificate Program)
Total Credit Hours: 27

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110COMPOSITION I 3
PSY 110INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY 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

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1CHILD 110; CHILD 120; CHILD 140; ENGL 110
Spring Semester 1CHILD 130; CHILD 134; CHILD 142; PSY 110
Fall Semester 2CHILD 220

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

Career Pathway

Pathway programs at ICC have a map that shows the courses/degree requirements that will lead students to their desired education and employment goals.

Career Cluster: Human Services
Pathway: Early Childhood Development and Services
ICC Pathway: Early Childhood Education

Early College

If you are a high school junior or senior, you can get a head start on your future by taking college-level courses now! Visit our Dual Credit webpage for a listing of area high schools with courses available

Composition I (ENGL 110) | Introduction to Communication: Presentation and Theory (COMM 110) | Introduction to Psychology (PSY 110) | Lab Science | Mathematics

Point of Entry

High School Diploma or GED

Getting Started: Apply to ICC | Paying for College | Career Information: Childcare Workers | Student Information

Certificate of Completion

Early Childhood Education Basic (18 credit hours)

Industry Credentials

Gateways ECE Level 2 Credential

Employment Information

Assistant Teacher, Caregiver, Child Care Worker, Child Caregiver, Childcare Provider, Childcare Worker, Childcare Teacher, Infant-Toddler Teacher, Toddler Teacher $10-15/hr

Certificate of Completion

Early Childhood Education Advanced(27 credit hours)

Industry Credentials

Gateways ECE Level 3 Credential

Employment Information

Assistant Teacher, Caregiver, Child Care Worker, Child Caregiver, Childcare Provider, Childcare Worker, Childcare Teacher, Infant-Toddler Teacher, Toddler Teacher$10-15/hr

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Early Childhood Education (60 credit hours)

Industry Credentials

Gateways ECE Level 4 Credential

Employment Information

Assistant Teacher, Caregiver, Child Care Worker, Child Caregiver, Childcare Provider, Childcare Worker, Childcare Teacher, Infant-Toddler Teacher, Toddler Teacher$10-15/hr

OCCUPATION BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS

There are no current articulation agreements to Bachelor degree programs at this time.

CAREER CLUSTER BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS

Program transfer guides layout course work to be taken at ICC and the transfer institution to complete specific programs of study or majors.

Articulation partnerships with Bradley University and Illinois State University through Grow Your Own and the Bridge Program benefit many students.

GENERAL BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS

General transfer agreements formalize the transfer process from ICC to other colleges and universities.

For additional transfer information:
Transfer Assistance
Useful Transfer Links
Transfer Agreements