Expand Your Career in Early Childhood Education

Oakton’s Early Childhood Education programs will prepare you to play an essential role in the lives of young students. You will gain the skills you need to assist infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and early school-age children in a variety of group settings. 

Advance your professional education for free with the Illinois Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity (ECACE) Scholarship. The ECACE scholarship program is specifically designed for Illinois early childhood professionals looking to upskill their qualifications. If eligible, you could receive scholarship dollars to cover tuition, fees, course materials and other personal expenses.


Our programs will prepare you for a range of teaching positions and opportunities in a high-demand field. Each certificate and the A.A.S. degree is aligned to an Illinois Gateways to Opportunity credential and the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral (INCCRRA). The certificates can stack into the A.A.S. degree over time with additional coursework.

  • Early Childhood Education A.A.S. Degree (transferrable to bachelor’s degree programs)
  • Basic Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • Advanced Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • Basic Infant Toddler Certificate
  • Advanced Infant Toddler Certificate
  • Basic Family Child Care Provider Certificate
  • Advanced Family Child Care Provider Certificate
  • Early Childhood Education Administration Certificate


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