Early Childhood Education AAS Degrees

Child Planting a GardenThe need for early childhood educators is growing — preschool teaching jobs are expected to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.* With Southeastern Illinois College, you can take the first step toward joining this growing field by earning an Early Childhood Education associate degree in the classroom or online at just $106 per credit hour.

In this program, you can gain practical experience by working with children in a real child-care center on campus.

You will study curriculum development for preschoolers and other young children, guidance procedures, and how to promote language, literacy, and social skills development!    

SIC is an Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Entitled Institution for ECE Levels 2, 3, 4; Infant Toddler Credentials Levels 2, 3, 4; and Illinois Director Credential Level I.  Our program will also prepare you to continue your education at a four-year institution.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics

Education News!

SIC Early Childhood Expo Focuses on Children's Mental Health, 2019

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Early Childhood Education Expo Held at SIC March 2017

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Program Learning Outcomes

Goal 1: The ECE Program will explore and identify intentional connections with partners to bring expertise to both the instruction for the ECE program as well as to collaborate with ECE practitioners, higher education and other community partners around trauma-informed care.  
Goal 2: The ECE Program will coordinate and oversee a regular review of all credentials and their competencies and ensure integration of current research and validated practices.
Goal 3: The ECE Program will apply knowledge of the NAEYC Power to the Profession initiatives by sharing information on the national initiatives with students and colleagues.   Engage Illinois stakeholders in the discussion of national and local workforce development initiatives.  
Goal 4: The ECE Program will increase knowledge and understanding of Gateways Credentials and competencies-based system within the ECE program and among public and private employers of early educators.
Goal 5: The ECE Program will participate in the development and utilization of shared assessments to support student transfer across institution and advancement on the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Early Childhood Educator Career Lattice.
Goal 6: The ECE Program will explore opportunities for using the Gateways competencies and their related assessments to assess prior learning experiences.  
Goal 7: The ECE Program will develop and participate in strategies for sharing technology that enriches adult learning.  
Goal 8: The ECE Program will identify needed technology to enhance instruction, assessment, and articulation.
Goal 9: The ECE Program will coach and mentor students to be able to demonstrate professional knowledge and explain the physical, emotional, social, language, and cognitive development of the young child.
Goal 10: The ECE Program will cultivate students to be able to identify major theories and theorists in the field of early childhood education as well as social and ethical issues that affect children and families.
Goal 11: The ECE Program will immerse students to be able to develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and performance skills by using a variety of teaching strategies and curriculum development.

Curriculum Guides

Early Childhood Education - Associate in Applied Science Degree (Online Option)

ECE Level 2 Certificate -Gateways ECE Level II Credential

ECE Level 3 Certificate -Gateways ECE Level III Credential

Infant Toddler Level 2 Certificate -Gateways ECE Level II Credential

Infant Toddler Level 3 Certificate -Gateways ECE Level III Credential

Illinois Director's Credential Certificate -Illinois Credential Level I