Early Childhood EducationMajor Code: 570B
Associate in Applied Science
The Early Childhood Education program is designed to prepare professionals for a variety of positions within the field from caring for and educating infants, toddlers and preschoolers to managing a child care center or preschool program. It also prepares students to serve as a teacher's aide in a public school or to work in school-age child care programs.
Waubonsee Community College is approved to offer the ECE Credential Levels 2 and 4, Infant and Toddler Credential Levels 2 and 4, and the Illinois Director Credential , Level I, that students may choose to apply for through the credentialing system. Additional application fees, as well as documented professional contributions, are required for the Gateways credentials. Gateways credentials are awarded and recognized by the Illinois Department of Human Services Bureau of Child Care and Development. Gateways credentials are symbols of professional achievement.
For further information regarding the attainment of the Gateways credentials or other program questions, contact Carla Ahmann, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, ext. 2311, or Linda O'Connell-Knuth, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, ext. 6698.
General Education Requirements18
Major Program Requirements36
Students pursuing the ECE Credential Level 4 or the Infant and Toddler Credential Level 4 are required to complete this core group of courses.
Electives and Emphasis Areas6
ECE Credential Level 4 Emphasis
Select electives from the courses listed.
Infant and Toddler Credential Level 4 Emphasis
Complete the courses listed.
Total Semester Hours for Degree60
Major course shown in color requires minimum grade of C.
* If planning to complete the Illinois Director Credential Level I, select ECE230 as one of the chosen electives.