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Curriculum

Curriculum

The Early Childhood Education program educates professionals in a range of positions to assist infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children in group situations. Students learn in college-affiliated, nationally accredited early childhood education centers that serve as field sites.

To earn an Associate in Applied Science degree, one of several certificates, or a state-recognized credential, ECE students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all early childhood education courses and successfully complete field experiences before being accepted in practicum, earning a certificate, or being granted the A.A.S. degree. To apply for a state credential, students must complete additional observation/professional hours.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Oakton’s ECE program encourage students entering the field to have a minimum of an ECE certificate or an A.A.S. degree. By 2012, all teachers working in NAEYC-accredited will be required to have an A.A.S. degree in early childhood education.

The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) requires child care workers to have a minimum of six credit hours in early childhood education and two years of college credit to be licensed to teach young children in group situations. Students only seeking these minimum DCFS requirements should take the following ECE core courses:

  • ECE 102 Child Growth and Development (3 credit hours)

   and one of the following:

  • ECE 104 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (4 credit hours)
  • ECE 106 Guidance of the Young Child (3 credit hours)
  • ECE 125 Play and Creative Expression for the Young Child (3 credit hours)

Alumni Profile

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In spite of having a bachelor’s degree, Anita Taylor ’86 wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life. She found her niche at Oakton.

 

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January 12
Faculty return for spring 2015 semester.

January 16
Winterim classes end.

January 19
Martin Luther King holiday, College closed.

January 20
Spring 2015 semester classes begin.

January 21
Winterim faculty grading due.

January 26
Last day to submit proof of residency, business service agreements and chargebacks/joint agreements.

February 15
Last day to withdraw from 16-week courses and have course dropped from record.

February 16
Presidents Day holiday, College closed.

February 17
Last day to change to audit for 16-week courses.

March 1
Incomplete (I) grades from fall 2014 semester for which faculty have not submitted final grades will become an "F" after this date.

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