Early Childhood Education

Associate in Applied Science Degree
65 Semester Credit Hours; Curriculum: 0070

Note: Changes have been made to the requirements for this degree which become effective fall 2018. View the fall degree requirements now.

General Education Requirements:

Credit Hours

Area A — 

Communications

 

 

EGL 101

3

 

One course from EGL 102, EGL 111, EGL 212, SPE 103

3

Area B — 

Mathematics

3-4

 

One course from MAT 125, MAT 129, MAT 131
(MAT 125 or MAT 131 recommended)

 

Area C — 

Science

0

 

(No course needed)

 

Area D — 

Social and Behavioral Sciences

3

 

(Recommend two courses from: PSY 101, 107; SOC 101, 104)

 

Area E — 

Humanities/Fine Arts

3

 

One course from a humanities or fine arts discipline

 

Area F — 

Global Studies*

0-3

 

One course that satisfies Global Studies requirement

 

Other General Education credits 

0-3

 

Additional credits from Areas B, C, D, E or F if needed to meet 18-credit-hour minimum

 

Total General Education Requirements:

18

   

Major Requirements:

Credit Hours

ECE 102 Child Growth and Development

3

ECE 104 Introduction to Early Childhood Education

4

ECE 106 Guidance of the Young Child

3

ECE 107 Observation and Assessment of the Young Child

3

ECE 108 Nutrition and Health for the Young Child

3

ECE 125 Play and Creative Expression for the Young Child

3

ECE 180 The Exceptional Child

3

ECE 226 Language Arts and Social Studies for the Young Child

3

ECE 227 Math and Science for the Young Child

3

ECE 255 Curriculum Design for Early Childhood Programs

3

ECE 257 Practicum I

5

ECE 258 Practicum II

5

ECE 270 Child, Family and Community Relations

3

ECE courses to total a minimum of three semester credit hours

3

Total Major Requirements:

47


Total Semester Credit Hours for Associate in Applied Science Degree:

65



Note: Completion of this degree can lead to obtaining the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Early Care and Education Credential Lever 4 or the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Infant Toddler Credential Level 4. Contact the Early Childhood Education chair for details.

*Students may take a Global Studies course that satisfies both Area F and another Area requirement.

Also see
Early Childhood Education Department
Careers in Early Childhood Education
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