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's Early Childhood Education program is an entitled program which offers the coursework to attain the Early Childhood Education Level 2 and 4, and Infant and Toddler Level 2 and 4, through Gateways. Students may choose to apply to Gateways to receive these credentials. Additional application fees may apply. Please note a high school diploma or GED is required in order to receive any of the following 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 Diez, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, ext. 2311, or Linda O'Connell-Knuth, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, ext. 6698.
General Education Requirements
COM100 Fundamentals of Speech Communication
ENG101 First-Year Composition I
ENG102 First-Year Composition II
PSY100 Introduction to Psychology
SOC120 Racial and Ethnic Relations
SOC130 Sociology of Family
Math or Physical Life Sciences Elective
Major Program Requirements
Students pursuing the ECE Credential Level 4 or the Infant and Toddler Credential Level 4 are required to complete this core group of courses.
m ECE101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
m ECE106 Guiding Young Children
m ECE115 Child Growth and Development
m ECE120 Health, Safety and Nutrition
m ECE125 Child, Family and Community
m ECE130 Observation and Assessment
m ECE140 Inclusion in Early Childhood
m ECE198 Curriculum for Early Childhood Programs
m ECE210 Language Arts for the Young Child
m ECE215 Creative Activities for the Young Child
m ECE220 Mathematics and Science for the Young Child
m ECE250 Early Childhood Education Practicum
Electives and Emphasis Areas
Students who plan to teach in Early Childhood Education settings or those pursuing the ECE Credential Level 4 through Gateways should select electives from the ECE Level 4 emphasis; students who are pursuing the Infant and Toddler Credential Level 4 or the School Age Credential Level 4 through Gateways should complete the specialized courses listed in the Infant and Toddler Level 4 emphasis or the School Age Level 4 emphasis.
ECE Credential Level 4 Emphasis
Select electives from the courses listed.
m ECE102 Career Explorations in Early Childhood
m ECE145 Multiculturalism in Early Childhood
m ECE225 Play and Creative Expression for the Young Child
m ECE230 Early Childhood Center Administration*
Infant and Toddler Level 4 Emphasis
Complete the courses listed.
School Age Level 4 Emphasis
Complete the courses listed.
Illinois Director Level 1 Emphasis
In addition to completing the Early Childhood Education AAS degree (60 hours), complete the following specialized courses.
m ECE230 Early Childhood Center Administration
m ECE299 Early Childhood Education Administration Internship
m BUS100 Introduction to Business
m COL110 Leadership Studies