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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)

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IMPORTANT DATES


April 9
Registration opens for fall 2014 semester.

May 15, 16
Evaluation Days.

May 16
Last day of student attendance.

May 19
Grading Day
Faculty on campus and available to students at designated times.

May 19
Summer 2014 interim classes begin.

May 20
Faculty grading due.

May 20
Commencement

May 26
Memorial Day holiday. College closed.

June 9
Classes begin for summer 2014 eight-week session.

June 9
Three-week First Summer Interim faculty grading due.

June 16
Classes begin for summer 2014 seven-week session.

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