The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education offers many professional development options. Each option prepares students for a wide range of career opportunities within the field, including: teaching at a child care center, Head Start, or preschool program; owning and operating a family child care; working as a nanny; directing an early childhood program; or working within early intervention, pre-k at risk, or special education programs. The goals for professional development include supporting student acquisition of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for success in the field. Professional success, in turn, makes a difference in the lives of young children, their families, and the larger society.
This program is designed to prepare individuals for transfer to a four-year program in Early Childhood Education. 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.