Early Childhood Education Associate in Applied Science

Illinois Gateways ECE Infant/Toddler Level 4 Credential

WHAT FOLLOWS IS THE PROGRAM OUTLINE. This program is not designed for students transferring to other colleges or universities. As a rule, courses with a second digit "0" are designed to transfer.  Students planning to transfer should consult a Counselor to verify the transferability of courses. Prerequisites for courses are noted in the IVCC Catalog. Program Pre-Admission Information is included if applicable.

First YearCredits
ECE 1000 Introduction To Early Childhood Education.3    
ECE 1027 Child, Family, School & Community3    
ECE 1202 Foundations & Trends for Infant/Toddler/Two Care & Education3    
ECE 1203 Creative Activities3    
PSY 1000 General Psychology3    
ECE 1005 Health, Safety and Nutrition  3  
ECE 1204 Developmentally Appropriate Practices For Infants, Toddlers, and Two's  3  
ECE 2202 Curriculum Programming  3  
EDC 1203 Educational Technology  3  
PSY 2001 Child Growth and Development  3  
BUS 1230 Math for Business & Finance (or IAI General Education Math)    3
ENG 1001 English Composition I
or ENG 1205 Writ Comm Skills for Bus Ind & Tech
Year Total: 15 15 6
Second YearCredits
ECE 1201 Child Guidance/Child Study3    
ECE 2005 The Exceptional Learner3    
ECE 2207 Observation and Assessment3    
ECE 2208 Language Development3    
ENG 1002 English Composition II (or SPH 1204)
or SPH 1001 Fundamentals of Speech
ECE 2203 Supervision and Administration  4  
ECE 2206 E-Portfolio  1  
ECE 2219 Practicum/Student Teaching  5  
HPE 1004 First Aid  2  
Year Total: 15 12  
Total Credit Hours:   63

ECE 1000 is a prerequisite for the following: ECE 1201, *1203, 2202, 2203, 2207, 2208, and 2219
*May be taken concurrently with ECE 1000.

ECE 1202 is a prerequisite for ECE 1204.

EDC 1203 - Educational Technology must be taken upon entry to the Early Childhood Education program.  Upon a student's last semester, he/she will enroll in ECE 2206 - E-Portfolio and receive the 1 credit hour upon successful completion of the portfolio.

The following courses must be completed before ECE 2219:
ECE 1000, 1201, 1203, 2202, 2207, and 2208

A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required prior to enrolling in ECE 2219.  Students must have a "C" or better in all courses.  Petitioned approval by the ECE Program Coordinator is required the semester prior to student teaching (ECE 2219).  All forms must be completed prior to registering.

Upon enrollment to ECE 1000 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education, students are required to:

  •  Complete the Illinois State Police (ISP) and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Background Checks.  Students must purchase the "Observation Binder" from the Bookstore which includes the fee and the forms for the background checks.  This binder is purchased only once and background checks are completed upon enrollment and the ISP is placed on file at IVCC.  Refer to http://www.accuratebiometrics.com/ for monthly schedule or contact Tammy Landgraf for scheduled background checks done on-campus.
  • Purchase HMH Portfolio Access Code through the Bookstore.  The HMH portfolio is used in several courses throughout a student's tenure in the Early Childhood Education program.

Students will be held accountable to the IVCC Education Disposition Policy.

Early Childhood Education Gateway Credential Levels 2 and 3 can be completed through IVCC ECE Certificates.

For additional information please consult any counselor at (815) 224-0360 or tammy_landgraf@ivcc.edu, (815) 224-0477.