Early Childhood Education Career Degree - Southwestern Illinois College

Want a career working with children?

If you love working with children, a career in Early Childhood Education (ECE) could be right for you. The SWIC ECE 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.

Southwestern Illinois College is an entitled institution through Gateways to Opportunity: Illinois Professional Development Program.

The ECE AAS degree offers the following:

  • ECE Credential Levels 2-4
  • Infant Toddler Credential Level 2
  • Illinois Director Credential I

For more information regarding credentials, please visit Gateways to Opportunity: Illinois Professional Development Program.

SWIC Early Childhood Education Open House

Learn about opportunities in Early Childhood Education and how to qualify for funding to help you earn your credentials.

Belleville Campus, Liberal Arts Complex


Tuesday, October 26, 2022 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT

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Early Childhood Education Career Opportunities

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

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