Early Childhood Education Associate in Applied Science

Illinois Gateways ECE and 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 & Community (Fall only)3    
ECE 1202 Foundations & Trends for Infant/Toddler/ Two Care & Education (Fall only)3    
ECE 1203 Creative Activities (Fall only)3    
PSY 2001 Child Growth and Development3    
ECE 1005 Health, Safety and Nutrition (Spring only)  3  
ECE 1204 Developmentally Appropriate Practices For Infants, Toddlers, and Two's (Spring only)  3  
ECE 2005 The Exceptional Learner  3  
ECE 2202 Curriculum Programming (Spring only)  3  
EDC 1203 Educational Technology (Spring only)*  3  
ENG 1205 Writ Comm Skills for Bus Ind & Tech (is preferred unless transferring)
or ENG 1001 English Composition I
Year Total: 15 15 3
Second YearCredits
ECE 1201 Child Guidance/Child Study (Fall only)3    
ECE 1205 Mathematics for Young Children (is preferred or IAI General Education Math)Fall only3    
ECE 2207 Observation and Assessment (Fall only)3    
ECE 2208 Language Development (Fall only)3    
AAS General Education course3    
ECE 2203 Supervision and Administration (Spring only)  4  
ECE 2206 E-Portfolio  1  
ECE 2219 Practicum/Student Teaching  5  
AAS General Education course  2  
Year Total: 15 12  
Total Credit Hours:   60

ECE 1000 is a prerequisite for the following: ECE 2202, 2207, and 2219; ECE 1000 is a pre or co-requisite for ECE 1205, ECE 2202, & ECE 2208..

ECE 1202 is a prerequisite for ECE 1204.

*EDC 1203 - Educational Technology must be taken prior to enrolling in ECE 2206.

The following courses must be completed before ECE 2219:  ECE 1000, 1201, 1202, 1203, 1204, 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, 1202, 1204, and 2005, 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 a one time background check.  

Students will be held accountable to the IVCC Education Candidate Disposition Policy found in the Observation Binder.

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

Refer to the General Education for Associate in Applied Science list for options to fulfill the AAS General Education courses.