Early Childhood Education – Advanced


Complete the Early Childhood Education - Advanced Certificate on your way to earning an associate in applied science degree. With this training you will qualify in Illinois as an early childhood teacher in a private or non-profit program.

Scholarships available – and one might have your name on it

While earning the Early Childhood Education – Advanced Certificate, you will enjoy next-level teacher education training that includes field practices in teaching and learning, learn how to document developmental progress, and round out your preparation with general education skills.

A Quality Education

Completing this certificate qualifies the student for an Illinois Gateways level 3 ECE Credential.

Get Involved

Students get experience at the ICC Children’s Center, which is accredited at the highest levels and serves as a “gold standard” for teacher candidates.

Career Opportunities

Early Childhood Teacher, Teacher Assistant, Professional Nanny or Caregiver


24 Months

if Full Time

3 Semesters33 Total Credit Hours

What if I attend part-time?

Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.



+ supplies & fees

Based on 2024-25

What financial assistance can I receive?

Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.


10 Students

average per class

Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.

View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.

Meet Our Students and Alumni

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Andrianna Smyrniotis, Professor, Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator
Let’s Get Started ▸

How Do I Get Into the Early Childhood Education – Advanced Program?

You are ready for the next level of responsibility and credential as an Early Childhood Education professional. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.

  1. Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
  2. Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
  3. Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
  4. High school courses in English, communications, and child development are beneficial for this program.
  5. Previous childcare or babysitting experience is beneficial.

What Can I Expect As an Early Childhood Education – Advanced Student?

How Am I Going to Manage This?


Edwards Library / Administration Building » L220C
East Peoria Campus
Mon-Fri: 8 am – 4:30 pm