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Certificate - Early Childhood Education Level III Credential

27-28 credit hours

Catalog Year 2017-2018

Early Childhood Education Level III Credential Certificate Requirements

The Illinois Gateways Level Three Credential is designed to support movement through the state of Illinois Career Lattice. The Level Three Credential expands on foundational professional knowledge, and supports progression to the Level Four Credential or direct exit into the field.

Class Title Credit Hours
ENGL 101 Critical Reading & Writing 3
CHLD 222, MATH 131 or MATH 141 Math Content & Concepts for The Young Child, Explorations in Math or Introduction to Statistics 3-4
GECC Any one IAI General Education Core Curriculum course 3
CHLD 102 Growth & Development of the Young Child 3
CHLD 202 Health, Safety & Nutrition for the Young Child 3
Total Credit Hours 15-16

Certificate Options

Choose one of the following options:

Career Option

Choose this option if you are transitioning directly into the workforce.

Class Title Credit Hours
CHLD 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
CHLD 105 Curriculum for Early Childhood Programs 3
CHLD 109 Observation & Assessment of Young Children 3
CHLD 209 Child, Family & Community 3
Total Credit Hours 12

Transfer to ISU Option

Please consult with your advisor if you are transferring to another university.

Class Title Credit Hours
CHLD 110 Introduction to Human Verbal Development 3
CHLD 207 Exceptional Child 3
CHLD 209 Child, Family & Community 3
EDUC 135 Multicultural Education 3
Total Credit Hours 12

Note: If transferring to ISU's ECE program, completion of the Associates in Arts in addition to CHLD 102, 110, 207, 209, EDUC 135 and the completion of the ACT with a score of 22 (with writing) or the Basic Skills test is required.

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Early Childhood Education Questions

Contact the Social Sciences Department

Early Childhood Practitioner Partnership Program at Heartland Community College