Teacher teaching small children

Students who complete the Early Childhood Education and Care Certificate will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to be an assistant teacher in a variety of early childhood programs. Successful completion of this certificate meets the academic requirements of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS). Upon completion students will be eligible to apply for the Gateways Early Childhood Education Credential Level 2 through Gateways to Opportunity. This certificate requires 18 credits in the courses listed below.

For more information about Early Childhood Education and Care, please visit the program page.

Certificate Requirements

Field of Study Code: ECEC.CER.ECEC

ECEC 1100Intro to the Early Childhood Profession3
ECEC 1101Growth & Development of the Young Child3
ECEC 1102Child Guidance Practices3
ECEC 2211Child Health, Safety and Nutrition3
ECEC 2252Child/Family/Community Relations & Resources3
ENGLI 1101English Composition I3
Total Credits18