Housed in the Social Science Division, this program will prepare you to teach young children in a day-care center or pre-school. You may choose either transfer (preparing you to continue your studies toward a bachelor’s degree) or career program options (qualifying you for immediate employment after graduating).
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
In general, students who are successful in this program, share traits like these:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for kindergarten and elementary school teachers will grow at about the average rate for all professions between 2012-22; jobs for preschool teachers will grow faster than average. The median annual salary for for K-12 teachers in 2012 was $53,090; the median annual salary for preschool teachers was $27,130.
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Why Choose CLC?
Diane Wolter, department chair and instructor, introduces the program. "At the College of Lake County we have several different certificate and degree programs that students can enroll in, to enter a career in early childhood education or go down a pathway to a four-year degree in early childhood education and an Illinois teaching certificate. There are a wide variety of career options in early childhood: working in public and private institutions, teaching preschool, full and half day childcare programs or with an agency such as Head Start."
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“I rediscovered my love of chemistry at CLC. My professor was such a great teacher and passionate about chemistry that it was easy to go to class and learn.”
“CLC offers so much more than cost savings. I’ve received an excellent education that’s a good stepping stone to my goal of becoming a clinical psychologist.”
“CLC is such a welcoming environment for international students. Within my first year here, I was helping other international students as a student ambassador.”
“CLC has absolutely played a role in changing my educational and career goals. I had space to explore different fields and talk to many knowledgeable people about careers and opportunities.”
“I loved my education courses. The professors bring a lot of experiences into their classrooms, and everything we learn builds from class to class.”
“I have enjoyed all the instructors in the horticulture department, especially their expertise and practical work experiences. All the classes that I have taken are pertinent to my career choice.”
“Even if money hadn’t been an issue for me, I think CLC still would have been the right decision for me because of the wonderful things that I took with me from the college.”
“Really get to know your professors; they are the ones who will write you a letter of recommendation in a few years, so keep in touch with them.”
“As a CLC student preparing to transfer to a four-year school, I learned to seek help regularly from my counselor. I had someone who cared about me and I trusted. I’ll always be grateful to her.”
“College is the best decision I ever made. As a senior at Zion-Benton High School, I received a scholarship to CLC. I thought, “This is an opportunity.””
“I traveled to Peru for a two-week trip with five other CLC students as part of CLC’s first service-learning trip abroad. We were able to do good and experienced Peru’s breath-taking eco-systems.”
“The Truck Driver Training course built my confidence and really prepared me well for a successful career in this field.”
“I chose CLC’s Small Business Development Center for guidance and help meeting people who have already gone through the process of starting a business. They are a great team of experts to have on my side.”
“I became the first community college student accepted as an intern at a newsroom in Erie, Penn., thanks to my experiences on The CLC Chronicle and working with Professor Kupetz. That first internship opened many doors for me.”
“I am currently working part-time as a paralegal while enrolled as a full-time student in Roosevelt University’s Paralegal Studies program. If I had not received the education I had from CLC, I would not have the part-time job.”
“CLC was great preparation for transfer to a four-year school. I got comfortable with my abilities, and I was confident when I transferred to NIU. At CLC, I was also able to explore different courses and my interests.”
“There is something about CLC’s environment and the professors that makes your experience very enjoyable and helps you to do well academically.”
“The course prepared me for a veterinary assistant job and the externship was a great part of the reason I felt prepared.”
“CLC is a melting pot; a microcosm of America. The students come from so many different backgrounds and contexts, that you learn almost as much from your classmates as you do from your courses.”