Early Childhood Education

Associate in Applied Sciences
Career Degree

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Kids should experience the joys of childhood for as long as possible. Whether you’re just starting out or have a background in teaching, you can have a role in making that happen. CLC is one of the few schools where you can earn state-wide credentials.

With an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Early Childhood Education (E.C.E.), position yourself for advancement. Take the lead on encouraging the development of a child’s curiosity and problem-solving skills through fun activities in childcare settings.

What can you do with an A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education?

With your associate degree, you’re ready to get to work playing. Build your competency for supervising and supporting youngsters from birth to second grade. Some students have even opened their own family childcare home.

Start right away with your associate degree in roles such as:

  • Assistant teacher
  • Lead teacher
  • Family childcare provider
  • Paraprofessional

With additional education, you can help people as a:

  • kindergarten through 2nd grade teacher
  • Private preschool and childcare center director
  • Child assessor


  • Illinois Gateways to Opportunity

    Coursework is aligned with state-recognized requirements. 
  • Stackable Credentials

    Earn and learn as you go with stackable credentials.
  • WIOA Program

  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Career Degree

    Earn an associate degree in 2 years and gain in-demand technical and job-ready skills.
  • Program Length: 2 Years

    Full-time students finish in 2 years.

Career Outlook

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A College & Career Navigator (CCN) is ready to answer your questions and assist with your application, academic program selection, class enrollment and connecting you with resources as needed, making your journey at CLC smoother.

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Recommended Pathway

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Career Navigator (CCN) to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements based on individual academic goals. View degree requirements in the college catalog.

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Early Childhood Education at CLC

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This degree is just one possible way to study early childhood education. Get the bigger picture—degrees, credentials and extra options.

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