Learning Outcomes

To support and promote the preparation of students for teaching and/or administrative positions in a variety of early childhood education settings.

Students who successfully complete the AAS Degree in Early Childhood Education degree at Oakton will be able to:

  • define and solve problems individually and with groups, using a variety of resources and methods, including technology, and communicate findings effectively in writing and in speech.
  • articulate orally and in writing developmental theory and early childhood curriculum
  • maintain a safe, healthy learning environment for all children in their care
  • assess children’s developmental needs and plan appropriate activities to meet those needs
  • incorporate culturally relevant and antibias principles into interactions with children and adults, guidance practices, and short and longterm curriculum planning
  • use developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive guidance techniques when managing a group of young children
  • demonstrate professionalism in their relationships with children, families, supervisors, and program staff
  • articulate the role of ethics in their work as ECE professionals; apply principles from the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct in professional activities and interactions
  • explain the major professional, economic and policy issues facing the ECE profession
  • explain the role of professional advocacy on behalf of the children and families they serve
  • through mastery of all required early childhood and general education courses, be qualified to obtain a teaching position in an early childhood facility
  • upon completion of the AAS degree and documentation of all required observation hours and practical experience, be eligible to apply for the IL Early Childhood Credential or Infant Toddler Credential, Level 4.


Students who successfully complete the Associate of Arts in Teaching/ECE degree at Oakton will be able to:

  • articulate orally and in writing a fundamental understanding of all developmental areas of early childhood, birth through 8 years
  • explain orally and in writing the function of observation and assessment of young children’s growth and learning
  • plan developmentally appropriate activities for young children
  • through mastery of required early childhood and general education courses, prepare to make a successful transition from the community college to a four year institution to complete the education requirements toward the IL State Certificate (04/kindergarten through grade three)

Students who successfully complete the Basic Certificate in Early Childhood Education at Oakton will be able to:

  • demonstrate fundamental knowledge of all developmental areas in childhood, from birth through 8 years, including cognitive, physical, language, social, and emotional development
  • articulate orally and in writing developmental theory and early childhood curriculum
  • explain the main forms of early care and education that make up the Early Childhood Education profession
  • articulate orally and in writing the professional role of the teacher aide, teacher assistant, teacher, and director in an early childhood program
  • upon completion of the course work for the Basic Certificate, and documentation of all required observation hours and practical experience, be eligible to apply for the IL Early Care and Education Credential, Level 2.

Students who successfully complete the Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Education at Oakton will be able to:

  • demonstrate an expanded knowledge base in all developmental areas of childhood and early childhood curriculum
  • plan and execute developmentally appropriate, culturally responsive activities for young children birth through 8 years, in the areas of art, music, movement, drama, math, science, social studies, and language arts
  • explain the basic principals of developmentally appropriate practice in teaching, planning, observation, and assessment
  • upon completion of Advanced Early Childhood Certificate and documentation of all required observation hours and practical experience, be eligible to apply for the IL Early Care and Education Credential, Level 3.

Students who successfully complete the Basic Infant Toddler Certificate at Oakton will be able to:

  • demonstrate a basic understanding of the developmental needs of children aged 0 – 2 years
  • plan and execute appropriate activities that support all areas of infant/toddler development
  • plan a safe, healthy learning environment that reflects fundamental knowledge of state and national standards for providing appropriate care for infants and toddlers
  • articulates orally and in writing the role of observation, planning, documentation, and assessment of growth, development, and learning of infants and toddlers
  • upon completion of the Basic Infant Toddler Certificate and documentation of all required observation hours and practical experience, be eligible to apply for the IL Infant Toddler Credential, Level 2.

Students who successfully complete the Advanced Infant Toddler Certificate at Oakton will be able to:

  • recognize and describe effective programs for children ages 0 – 3 years
  • appropriately evaluate programs for children ages 0 3 years, and make recommendations for improvement
  • set up a safe, developmentally appropriate physical environment in a program serving children ages 0 – 3 years
  • plan daily and longrange activities for infants and toddlers
  • assess the growth and development of children ages 0 – 3 years and recognize signs of possible developmental problems
  • upon completion of the Advanced Infant Toddler Certificate and documentation of all required observation hours and practical experience, will be eligible to apply for the IL Infant Toddler Credential, Level 3.


Students who successfully complete the Administration Certificate in Early Childhood Education at Oakton will be able to:

  • articulate orally and in writing a basic understanding of all developmental areas in early childhood, from birth to 8 years
  • demonstrate an understanding of the professional role of a director of an early childhood education program, including mission and philosophy, budget planning, staff management, and family involvement
  • demonstrate a basic knowledge of the IL Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) licensing standards for early childhood programs
  • demonstrate an expanded knowledge base in child development and early childhood administration
  • demonstrate basic skills in early childhood administration, including legal and fiscal management, staff management, leadership, advocacy, appropriate business communication, and marketing approaches.
  • Students who successfully complete the Administration Certificate and the AAS degree in ECE, and document all required observation hours and practical experience, will be eligible to apply for the IL Director Credential, Level 1.