Program Overview

Children Sitting in a Classroom

Early Childhood Education


Business and Social Sciences Division, Room T302, (847) 543-2047

www.clcillinois.edu/programs/ece
Degree: Associate in Applied Sciences
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The Associate of Applied Science Degree program in Early Childhood Education prepares students for careers working with young children. Graduates of the program are DCFS- qualified to be lead teachers and directors in early childhood centers and school-age programs. Public school Pre-K programs may employ A.A.S. degree graduates as assistant teachers. Many of the required courses may transfer to four-year institutions with related programs. ECE 121, ECE 124, ECE 214, ECE 220, ECE 248, ECE 250 and ECE 252 require daytime field observation or classroom experience hours may require a current Illinois State Police criminal background check and/ or current medical documentation. Check individual catalog course descriptions and catalog information or contact the Early Childhood Education Department Chair for further guidance. After completion of this A.A.S. degree program, interested students will need to complete applications for the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity to qualify and receive the Level 4 Infant/Toddler Credential and the Level 4 ECE Credential. See Department Chair for more information.

 To complete an A.A.S., students are strongly encouraged to meet with an Academic Success Advisor to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements


Recommended Plan of Study

First Semester

15 Credits

Course

Title

Hours

course ^

College Success Seminar

[2]

course

English Composition I

3

course

Introduction to Psychology

3

course

Creative Activities for Infants and Toddlers

3

course +

Introduction to Early Childhood Ed

3

course +

Child Development for Educators

3

Second Semester

16 Credits

Course

Title

Hours

course

Fundamentals of Speech

3

course

Music Appreciation or other Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective

3

course

Environmental Biology or other Science Lab course

4

course

Creative Activities

3

course

Health, Safety and Nutrition for Young Children

3

Third Semester

15 Credits

Course

Title

Hours

course +

Group Care of Infants and Toddlers

3

course

Child, Family and Community

3

course

Language Development and Early Literacy

3

course+

Observation and Assessment

3

ECE Elective (See list Below)

3

Fourth Semester

15 Credits

Course

Title

Hours

course+

Guidance and Social Development

3

course

Young Children with Special Needs

3

course

Math Activities for Young Children

3

course

Assessment Seminar

3

ECE Elective (See List Below)

3

Total Hours for A.A.S. Degree

61

Concentration/Elective Options

Select 6 hours from the following. We have created 4 separate concentrations to support your overall interest within the field of Early Childhood. Students wishing to apply for the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Level 4 Infant-Toddler and ECE entitled credentials must choose Practicum Concentration: ECE 250 and ECE 252 or prove 200 hours of Early Childhood Work experience.

Course

Title

Hours

Practicum Concentration

course *

ECE Practicum I- Infants and Toddlers

3

course *

ECE Practicum II- Preschool

3

Diversity , Equity and Inclusion Concentration

course

Trauma Informed Educator

3

course

Diversity in Schools and Society

3

Early Childhood Administration Concentration

course

Administration of ECE Programs

3

course

Technology in the Classroom

3

ELL/Bilingual Concentration

course

Linguistics and Society

3

course

Theories of teaching ESL and Bilingual Education

3

Other Electives

course

Special Topics in Early Childhood Education

1-3

course

Introduction to Teaching

3

course

The Exceptional Child

3

course

Educational Psychology

3

course

Special Topics in Education

1-3

^ The credit for CLC 120, College Success Seminar, is an institutional requirement for graduation. It is not part of the program requirements but must be completed with a D or better.

For students wishing to obtain a teaching credential in the State of Illinois, a grade of C or above is compulsory for all coursework required for the teaching credential. This includes courses in the major, all education courses, and required general electives. This is effective for those applying for teacher certification as of 2012 (Illinois State Board of Education).

* A.A.S. in ECE students who desire to earn the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity ECE Credential—Level 4 and the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Infant/Toddler Credential— Level 4 must complete courses as electives or be able to document 200 hours of relevant work experience. Upon successful completion of this program, students may complete an application with INCCRRA/Gateways to Opportunity to receive these credentials. All courses required for a Gateways Credential must be earned with a grade of C or Better. See Department Chair for more details.

 ECE 250 and ECE 252 each require 100 hours of classroom work in a NAEYC accredited early childhood center. These courses also require all course prerequisites (see course descriptions in catalog), as well as a current criminal clearance and DCFS mandated medical requirements.

Illinois Gateways to Opportunity awards entitlement status to higher education institutions that align their coursework with credential requirements. Students who complete the required courses may meet Gateways credential component requirements, and have up to two years to apply to receive their credential(s). Visit https://www.ilgateways.com/index.php/credentials.

+ ECE 121, ECE 124, ECE 214, ECE 220, ECE 248, ECE 250, ECE 252, and EDU 124 require daytime field observation and/or experience hours may require current Illinois State Police criminal background check, and/or current medical documentation. Check individual catalog descriptions for more information or contact the ECE Department Chair.

For more information on recommended courses or program specific advising, contact the Business and Social Sciences Division at (847) 543-2047.