To teach young children (birth to age 8) in Illinois public schools, teachers must be certified by the State of Illinois upon completion of their baccalaureate degree program.
Students interested in early childhood education are encouraged to complete the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree prior to transfer. Students who have selected a transfer school should consult the catalog of that school and an academic advisor. College catalogs and transfer guides for many four-year colleges are available in the Academic Advising Center.
Students should also be aware that admission to the junior year of Early Childhood Education is competitive and that completion of the recommended courses does not guarantee admission. A minimum grade point average determined by the transfer institution and passage of a test of academic proficiency are required for program admission.
Associate in Arts Degree – 62 Credit Hours
Please note: The program of study listed below is a model for students who are undecided about a transfer institution and uncertain about specific course requirements. Students who already know their intended transfer institution should refer to that school’s catalog.
Required General Education Core Curriculum — 38 credit hours as follows:
Communication—9 credit hours
COM-101 Composition I – 3
COM-102 Composition II – 3
COM-103 Speech Fundamentals – 3
Mathematics1—3 credit hours
Select 3 credit hours from MTH-120, 121+122*, 139, 143, 145, 150
Physical and Life Sciences—8 credit hours
Choose four credit hours from BIO-111, 112, 119; NAT-111, 112
Choose four credit hours from CHM-111, 131; EAS-120, 125, 130; GEL-150; PHS-101, 103; PHY-106 and 107, 110 and 111, 150, 203
Each of the Physical and Life Science courses shown above has a one-hour laboratory component included within the course structure and contact hours, with the exception of PHY-106/PHY-107 and PHY-110/PHY-111.
Humanities and Fine Arts2—9 credit hours
Choose three credit hours from ARB-202; FRE-202; GER-202; HUM- 101, 102, 115, 120, 135 or 140 or 145; LIT-213, 214, 215 or
216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226 or 228, 227, 230; PHI-101, 111, 120, 125, 200; SPA-202, 213
Choose three credit hours from ART-110, 205, 206 or 208, 209; HUM-101, 102, 120, 135 or 140 or 145; LIT-227; MUS-106, 107; THE-105, 107, 110, 111
Choose an additional three credit hours from any of the courses above.
It is recommended that students choose a Non-Western or Third World Cultures course.
Social and Behavioral Sciences—9 credit hours
HIS-201 American History – I
HIS-202 American History II – 3
PSC-110 American National Government – 3
Select an additional three credit hours from ANT-201, 202, 210; ECO-101, 102; GEO-101 or 102, 201; HIS-201, 202, 210, 215, 220; PSC-103, 115, 210, 215, 225, 245; PSY-101, 104, 105,106, 202, 210; SOC-101, 102, 204, 210, 215; SSC-101
Additional Degree Requirement — 3 credit hours
PSY-105 Child Psychology – 3
Area of Concentration/Major Field — 6-16 credit hours
CCA-101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education – 3
EDU-111 Students with Disabilities in School – 3
These courses will be accepted in transfer by participating schools, but they may only transfer as electives within the major. Teachers must choose an area of concentration, 18 hours of coursework in one discipline. Nine of those hours should be taken at the community college
level with the other nine hours taken at the transfer school. Students should consult the catalog of the intended transfer school to determine
acceptable areas of concentration.
Electives — 5-14 credit hours
Select any additional courses to fulfill teacher certification requirements. Students should check the catalog for their transfer school to receive additional guidance on courses to select.
1Math requirements vary at four-year institutions.
2Foreign Language Requirement: Some universities have a foreign language requirement. Generally, four years of a single foreign language in high school or four semesters of language in college will fulfill this requirement. It is recommended that students complete the entire foreign language sequence at one institution.
For course descriptions, pre- and co-requisites and graduation information, please review the college’s catalog.