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Transfer Preparation for Early Childhood Education

Minimum of 60 credit hours.

This 60-64 credit hour program is designed for students planning to complete the first two years of study leading to a baccalaureate degree and major in Early Childhood Education at a four-year college or university in Illinois. A typical associate in arts or associate in science is a minimum of 60 credit hours however a transfer preparation may require additional coursework depending on the receiving school. Students should consult an advisor to determine the range of electives most appropriate for the transfer institution they plan to attend.

To teach young children (birth to age eight), teachers must be certified by the State of Illinois. To transfer to an approved baccalaureate program in Early Childhood Education as a junior, students must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours (up to a maximum of 64 semester hours). Since admission is competitive, completion of the recommended courses does not guarantee admission.

Students may take 0-9 semester credits in one academic discipline at the sophomore level or above, selected in consultation with an Academic Advisor. Acceptable disciplines are mathematics; biology, chemistry or physics; economics, history, political science, psychology or sociology; or art, music, English, a single foreign language, philosophy or theater.

General Education Core Requirements:

Course Course Name Credit Hours
COMM 101 Introduction to Oral Communication 3
ENGL 101 Composition I 3
ENGL 102 Composition II 3
  Humanities Elective 9
  Life Sciences or Physical Sciences Elective 7-8
  Mathematics Elective 3-6
  Social and Behavioral Science Elective 9

Recommended and Other Electives (0-9 CHLD Courses):

Course Course Name Credit Hours
CHLD 101 Intro to Early Childhood 3
CHLD 102 Growth and Development of the Young Child 3
CHLD 105 Curriculum for Early Childhood Programs 3
CHLD 201 Child Development Practicum I 3
CHLD 202 Health, Safety & Nutrition for the Young Child 3
CHLD 207 Exceptional Child 3
CHLD 209 Child, Family and Community 3
  Other Electives 10-14

While these credits will be accepted in transfer by baccalaureate schools, they may or may not substitute for upper-division professional coursework required for certification.

Information contained on this Web site is subject to change. Please check with an academic advisor for current course offerings and program requirements. Current students with continual enrollment may graduate under the current program requirements or any program requirements in effect since first enrollment. Students who intend to graduate must meet with an Academic Advisor to complete an "Application to Graduate" form a full semester prior to graduation. This will help ensure that a student meets all graduation requirements. Remember to always check with the school you are interested in attending for specific requirements.