Infant Toddler Level 2

Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Credential
Career Certificate

Building blocks to better futures

With an Infant/Toddler Level 2 certificate in Early Childhood Education (E.C.E.), you become an expert in the development of children 0 to 3 years old. Your coursework prepares you to earn the Level 2 Early Childhood Illinois Gateways to Opportunity credential.

Gateways to Opportunity logoWith your certificate, you master the skills needed to improve your childcare facility. Whether you work in a daycare or private childcare center, your courses prepare you for responsibilities such as:

  • infant and preschool curriculum development
  • observation and assessment of young children’s learning
  • problem solving
  • parent communication

What can you do with an Infant/Toddler Level 2 Certificate in Early Childhood Education?

Hanging out with kids is already your superpower. With an infant/toddler level 2 certificate in E.C.E., you can earn the credential to advance in your career. Learn to encourage growth and social skills in children.

Start a career right away in one of these roles:

  • Infant teacher
  • Toddler teacher
  • Paraprofessional

Admission: More needed

You must hold an Early Childhood Education Level 2 credential or higher. If you do not already have the certificate, you can get one with CLC’s program: Early Childhood Level 2 - Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Credential Certificate.


  • Illinois Gateways to Opportunity

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

    Earn and learn as you go with stackable credentials.
  • 100% Online

    Can be completed 100% online.
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

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

    Earn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
  • Program Length: 1 Year

    Full-time students finish in 1 year.

Career Outlook

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Recommended Pathway

This pathway serves as a guide for students to complete the degree or certificate assuming full-time enrollment (registered in 12 or more credit hours per semester) with Semester 1 typically representing a Fall term. 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. For a more inclusive list of course options, see the college catalog.

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  • Credit for prior learning available
  • Dual credit options available
  • Global citizenship
  • Online/Virtual options available
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    CLC 120 2
    ECE 117 3
    ECE 121 3
    ECE 124 3
    • Course Code CLC 120
      Course Title
      Credits 2
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ECE 117
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ECE 121
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ECE 124
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    ECE 141 3
    ECE 214 3
    ECE 223 3
    • Course Code ECE 141
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ECE 214
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ECE 223
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights

Total Credit Hours


*Cost is estimated based on recommended pathway credit hours. This includes in-district tuition and other fees, such as books and materials before financial aid is applied, as well as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

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Early Childhood Education at CLC

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