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A degree in Early Childhood Education launches you into a growing job market. Employment of Preschool Teachers is expected to increase by 17 percent over the next decade (2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics). This is faster than the average for all occupations.

When you complete the ECP3 program, you earn a Professional Educators License with an Early Childhood Education endorsement. This license allows you to teach in any birth through grade 2 classroom.

Employment locations include private and public classrooms through 2nd grade, childcare centers and Head Start classrooms.

Your educational path directly ties to the Gateways to Opportunity Career Lattice (PDF).

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Johnna Darragh Ernst

Professor Early Childhood Education
Phone: 309-268-8746
Email: Johnna.Darragh@heartland.edu