Associate of Applied Science in
Early Childhood Education, Associate in Applied Science Illinois Valley Community College
Early Childhood Educators specialize in the care and education of children birth–age eight. Students gain content knowledge about young children’s development to develop the skills and dispositions to work with young children and their families. Students will learn about child development, demonstrate an understanding of developmentally appropriate practices, and implement curricula in field experiences. IVCC’s ECE program is a NAEYC-Accredited and Gateways-Entitled institution. Graduates of the program are highly sought after by area employers.
Courses in the Early Childhood Education program are offered in online, blended, and face-to-face formats to meet traditional students and adult student populations' needs. Students who have documented direct-service with young children may waive out of some face-to-face courses. The Early Childhood program has observation hours/field experience hours built into degree options. Most students are hired before completion of the degree.
Director in a Child Care Center
Family Child Care Provider