Early Childhood Education

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Major

Early Childhood Education – AAS (Program Outcomes)
Early Childhood Education – AA (Program Outcomes)
Early Childhood Education Certificate Infant/Toddler – Certificate
Early Childhood Education Certificate Infant/Toddler – Level 2 – Certificate (Gainful Employment info)
Early Childhood Education Certificate Infant/Toddler – Level 3 – Certificate (Gainful Employment info)
Early Childhood Education Certificate Level 2 – Certificate (Gainful Employment info)
Early Childhood Education Certificate Level 3 – Certificate (Gainful Employment info)

Degrees

Certificate
Associate of Applied Science
Associate of Arts

Early Childhood Education

The early childhood certificate program prepares students for the many positions in this field. This program is a direct link to the shaping of the next generation, as graduates guide children through their social, cognitive, and emotional development. The associate of applied science (AAS) degree prepares students to care for young children while simultaneously teaching social and developmental functions. The two-year degree includes general education requirements and leadership curriculum.

Possible Career Paths

With additional education, early childhood certificate graduates can have careers in elementary education, social work, family therapy, library science, and research. Early childhood graduates with an associate of applied science degree are qualified to be employed as child care workers, group workers, or child care directors in child development programs. AAS graduates must demonstrate good emotional and physical health and submit to a background check before working in a children’s facility.

Contact Early Childhood Education Department

Vicki.Schulz@highland.edu

Our Early Childhood Faculty

Melissa Johnson, Early Childhood Education faculty

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Highland Campus

2998 W. Pearl City Rd. Freeport, IL 61032

815.235.6121