Program Code: SS050
If you are interested in teaching children from birth to eight years of age, a career in Early Childhood Education could be for you. The Child Development program is designed to prepare students for careers in early childhood care and education, including preparation for employment in DCFS-licensed child care facilities, Head Start programs and preschools. CDEV courses are intentionally organized with practical, competency driven field experiences including support within an on campus early education program. The CDEV Career program includes the Associates of Applied Science (AAS) and three certificate programs. As the early care and education field continues to grow, the need for highly qualified staff will increase. According to the US Department of labor employment of preschool teachers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2014 to 2024. Growth is expected due to a continued focus on the importance of early childhood education. As an “Illinois Gateways to Opportunity” entitled Institution, JJC offers Level 2-4 Illinois Early Childhood (EC) Credentials to further validate specialized early childhood knowledge, skills and experience. In addition to attaining the AAS degree, students will qualify for the Level 4 IL EC Credential. Students interested in specializing in infant/toddler care and education, can obtain a Level 3 Infant/Toddler Credential by completing the AAS degree requirements including
infant/toddler specialty course work. Students completing a Child Development Certificate may qualify for the Level 2 or 3 IL Gateways credential.
The student should be aware that the State of Illinois requires a criminal background check, including fingerprinting, to work in a child care setting and a medical clearance with TB test and immunization clearance.