ECEC Academic Information

The Early Child Education and Care program offers students the knowledge and skills that enables them to provide education and care for infants, toddlers, preschool-aged and school-aged children. Classroom experiences are combined with direct observation and participation in both campus and community Early Childhood programs.

Students at COD can earn an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Early Childhood Education and Care or an Associate in Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) degree in Early Childhood Education. The A.A.T. degree is intended for students who plan to go on to a four-year college or university and earn a bachelor's degree with an Illinois Type 04 teaching certification. The A.A.S. Degree Requirements, a Student Planning Worksheet, and the A.A.T. Degree Requirements are available to assist you with your degree planning.

In addition, the college offers six certificate programs: Early Childhood Education and Care; Infant, Toddler and 2-Year-Old Child Care; Early Childhood Center Administration; School-Age Child Care; Multicultural Education and Care for the Young Child; and Family Child Care Provider. Certificate Requirements are available online.

Gainful Employment Information

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For more information, call a Faculty Advisor for assistance.

Contact Information

If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty advisor in this field. To send an e-mail, click on the name of the advisor you wish to reach.

Cindy Rice, Asst. Professor, Coordinator
Early Childhood Center (EC), Room 1003
Advises students whose last names begin with the letters N-Z

Jean Zaar, Instructor
Early Childhood Center (EC), Room 1001
Advises students whose last names begin with the letters A-M

Health and Sciences Division
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 1220, (630) 942-8331