Early Childhood Education Program

Early Childhood Education

Want a career working with children?

If you love working with children, a career in Early Childhood Education could be right for you. The SWIC Early Childhood Education Associate in Applied Science degree and certificate program can prepare you for an in-demand career in preschools, day care centers and elementary schools. You will learn the theories of child development, developmentally appropriate practices, adapting for children with special needs and establishing relationships with parents.

The program will prepare you to meet Illinois state requirements for child care workers. An ECE Associate in Arts transfer option is available also and many courses will apply to this degree.

Career Opportunities

  • Head Start teacher
  • Child care worker
  • Child care director
  • Public school individual/classroom aide
  • Early childhood special education aide

Core Courses for Associate in Applied Science Degree

  • ECE 110 Intro to Early Childhood Education
  • ECE 112 Growth & Development of Children
  • ECE 114 Child Health Maintenance
  • ECE 250 Child, Family and Community
  • ECE 116 Children with Special Needs
  • ECE 118 Early Childhood Practicum I
  • ECE 121 Early Childhood Curriculum
  • ECE 125 Early Childhood Administration
  • ED 260 Introduction to Educational Technology
  • LIT 293 Children’s Literature
  • CUL 116 Food Service Sanitation
  • HES 152 First Aid-Medical Self Help

Core Courses for Certificate

  • ECE 110 Intro to Early Childhood Education
  • ECE 112 Growth & Development of Children
  • ECE 114 Child Health Maintenance
  • ECE 116 Children with Special Needs
  • ECE 118 Early Childhood Practicum I
  • ECE 121 Early Childhood Curriculum
  • ECE 250 Child, Family and Community

Find Out More About the Early Childhood Education Program

Please submit the form, if you'd like to contact us about the program or find out more about how to get started.

Scholarship Opportunity

SWIC Foundation offers the Exchange Club of Belleville Annual Award for $1,500 for an Early Childhood or Elementary Education student. If you are interested, please submit the form below.