Why study Early Childhood Education?
The earliest years of a child's life are the most crucial in terms of development. A career in early childhood education will help you make a positive impact on the lives and development of infants, toddlers, young children, and their families.
Illinois is currently facing a shortage of qualified early childhood professionals: early elementary school teachers, preschool teachers, childcare center workers, home childcare providers, and others who work with children from birth to second grade. Early childhood education courses at Parkland College offer a flexible, practical path to a rewarding career working with young children.
Scholarships are available!
If you work or have worked in early childhood education and you're seeking additional credentials or a degree in early childhood education, you may be eligible for the Illinois Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity (ECACE) Scholarship Program. Scholarships cover your total cost of attendance for an academic year (including summer) after the other financial aid received. Visit the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to learn more!
Associate in Applied Arts (A.A.S.) in Early Childhood Education
At Parkland College, you will complete specific requirements and a minimum of 60 semester credits to earn your associate's degree, your DCFS head teacher qualification, and Illinois Gateways ECE Level 4 credential. You can then transfer into a four-year program in early childhood education as a junior to complete your bachelor's degree and gain your Illinois Professional Education License (PEL) to teach birth through second grade.