Early Childhood Education

Prerequisites for specific courses are noted in the IVCC Catalog.

WHAT FOLLOWS IS A SAMPLE CURRICULUM FOR FULL-TIME STUDENTS pursuing either an Associate in Arts Degree or Associate in Science Degree (guide sheets in Counseling Center).  Program requirements vary from university to university.  Consult a Counselor to choose your courses.

First YearCredits
ENG 1001 English Composition I3  
PSY 1000 General Psychology3  
SPH 1001 Fundamentals of Speech3  
Fine Arts Group II3  
Life or Physical Science Lab4  
ENG 1002 English Composition II  3
MTH 1009 Structure of Number Systems I  3
Health and Wellness  1
Social Sciences  3
Life or Physical Science  3
Year Total: 16 13
Second YearCredits
MTH 1010 Structure of Number Systems II3  
Humanities Group I3  
Social Sciences3  
Social Sciences3  
Major Course - Select a Univ. requirement 3  
Social Science Course  3
Humanities/Fine Arts Group I, II, III, or IV  3
Major Course - Select a Univ. requirement  3
Humanities/Fine Arts Group I, II, or III  3
Major Course - Select a Univ. requirement  4
Year Total: 15 16
Total Credit Hours:  60


  • Minimum 60 Semester Hours with 2.0 GPA
  • Gen Ed Requirements for AA or AS degree
  • "C" or better in ENG 1001, ENG 1002, and SPH 1001
  • Non-western Requirement (1 course)

BIO 1001, 1003 (Fall only), CSI 1002, ECE 1000, 2005, EDC 1203, 2003, 2006, HIS 2000, 2001, PSI 1000, PSY 2001

For Science Gen Ed requirements 1 course must be completed in Life Science and 1 course in Physical Science. Please note that any student enrolling in an education course that includes a clinical experience/observation component may be subject to an Illinois State Police background check at the student's expense to ensure the safety of the children being observed. Students enrolled in Early Childhood Education, Teacher Education or Paraprofessional Education programs at IVCC are required to submit, upon initial enrollment, to a background check through Accurate Biometrics.  Students will also submit to ongoing evaluations of professional and ethical disposition indicators throughout their tenure at IVCC.  Students are expected to abide by ECE and EDC handbook rules and regulations as well as IVCC Code of Conduct policy and procedures.  It is the responsibility of the student to examine school code requirements regarding certification and employment (School Code: 105 ILCS 5/21-23.9 http://www.ilga.gov) There may be additional requirements for transfer admission not included in the sample curriculum above. Consult with a Counselor.