Rock Valley College

Early Childhood Education Degree

Degree conferred: Associate in Applied Science -65 Credits
Program contact: Early Childhood Education Chair, (815) 921-3378

Program Overview

Graduates of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program are well-versed in child development, developmentally appropriate practices, discipline techniques, and other integral facets of early childhood education. Students will be prepared to direct or teach at a day care center or preschool.

Enrollment in courses requires weekly field assignments as well as a complete medical examination, TB skin test, State background checks, and three written references. Students should also consult with an academic advisor, or the Dean or Academic Chair of the Early Childhood Education program.

Work and Employment

Opportunities exist in home-based care, day care centers, nursery schools, preschools, private homes, and at before or after-school programs. While the program is not preparation for state certification, courses may transfer to four-year schools, where certification can be earned to teach ages birth through third grade.

Early Childhood Education Course Requirements

Number Title
  ECE-100 Intro to Early Childhood Education
  ECE-101 The Developing Child
  ECE-103 Health, Safety & Nutrition for Young
  ECE-105 Observation & Assessment of Young Child
  ECE-201 Language Development
  ECE-202 Child, Family & Community
  ECE-203 Curriculum Planning for Young Child
  ECE-204 Internship-Child Care
  ECE-205 Organization & Supervise-Early Child Fac

General Education Course Requirements (24 credits)

Number Title
  ENG-101 Composition I
  PSY-170 General Psychology
  EDU-244 Students With Disabilities in School
  PSY-270 Life-Span Developmental Psychology
  SOC-190 Introduction to Sociology
  SOC-299 Sociology of the Family
  EDU-202 Children's Literature
  SPH-131 Fundamentals of Communication

Elective: Select 3 credits from the following course prefixes/Divisions: CIS, HUM, Social Science, Mathematics, or Science electives.

BIO elective: Select one 3-credit elective from prefix BIO.

Potential Careers & Wages