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Early Childhood Assistant (ECS) Certificate

18 Credit Career Certificate

This curriculum is designed to provide an early childhood caregiver with basic knowledge regarding child growth/development and developmentally appropriate programming.


First Semester

ECE 100Early Child Growth & Development


ECE 101Observation & Assessment / Children


ECE 105Health, Safety and Nutrition for Childre


Total Credit Hours:9

Second Semester

ECE 110Introduction to Early Childhood Educatio


ECE 115Family,school & Community


ECE 125The Exceptional Child


Total Credit Hours:9

This Certificate will allow the student to apply for the Level II ECE Illinois Gateway Credential.

This credential fits into the State of Illinois early childhood career lattice system and the ExcelRate Illinois, creating a seamless framework for professional development and promoting access to varied career opportunities in the early childhood field. To earn this credential, students must follow a prescribed course of study. Students should contact the Early Childhood Education Coordinator for further information about this credential and the courses they need to take in order to earn the credentials in addition to their degree.