Associate in Arts Teaching Degree/Early Childhood Education

Curriculum EDU.ECT.AAT (U213E)
(64 semester hours required)

The Associate in Arts in Teaching Early Childhood Education provides students with the program equivalent of the first two years of most four-year college teacher education programs in Early Childhood Education. Students should check individual school requirements before completing the curriculum as outlined. The degree consists of general education courses, professional education courses and courses in the Early Childhood Education major area. These courses encompass the eleven Illinois Professional Teaching Standards, the Technology Standards for All Teachers and the Core Language Arts Standards for All Teachers. Students must also pass the Illinois Basic Skills test to earn the AAT in Early Childhood Education and develop a portfolio reflecting the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards. AAT students are advised to complete the degree prior to transfer. Admission into baccalaureate degree programs is competitive and most senior institutions require a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Completion of these courses alone does not guarantee admission into the senior institution.

Degree Requirements:

Prior to graduation, each AAT Early Childhood candidate will be required to present their portfolio to an AAT advisory committee for review. The chairperson of Education will recommend the candidate be awarded the AAT in Early Childhood if the AAT candidate has met the following requirements:

  • approval of the portfolio
  • passing scores on the Illinois Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)
  • students must complete a "C" or better in all coursework in the AAT Early Childhood Education Degree
  • overall GPA of 2.75
  • satisfactory aggregated professional dispositions ratings

AAT Degree Prerequisite Courses:

General Education/Communications (nine semester credits)

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RHT 101

Freshman Rhetoric and Composition I

3

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RHT 102

Freshman Rhetoric and Composition II

3

 

SPE 101

Principles of Effective Speaking

3

Note: Grade of "C" or better is an IAI requirement for RHT 101 and RHT 102

Remaining General Education:

General Education/Humanities & Fine Arts1 (nine semester credits)
(to include Music, drama, dance and visual arts)

 

ART 110

Looking at Art

3

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HUM 104

Humanities Through the Arts

3

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MUS 110

Listening to Music

3

General Education/Mathematics (six semester credits)

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MAT 102

Liberal Arts Mathematics

3

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MAT 170

Elementary Statistics

3

General Education/Physical & Life Sciences (seven semester credits)

(one course selected from the Life Sciences and one course from the Physical Sciences, including at least one laboratory course. All courses must be IAI approved as designated in course catalog descriptions.)

(refer to NOTE under AAT Science Core Courses)

General Education/Social & Behavioral Sciences1 (nine semester credits)

(to include History, Geography, Economics and Political Science)

(courses should be taken from at least two disciplines. All courses must be IAI approved as designated in course catalog descriptions. At least one course must meet Illinois Human Diversity requirement. (Human Diversity courses are noted with an (*))

Professional Education Component Required:

(Professional Ed. Component) (nine semester credits)

 

ECE 110

Early Childhood Development

3

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EDU 207

Introduction to Education (with a clinical component*

3

May choose 3 additional credits from:

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ECE 142

Students with Disabilities in School (recommended)

3

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EDU 215

Educational Psychology

3

*The clinical component should include the field experiences in a variety of educational settings. For students intending to pursue an AAT Early Childhood degree, it would be appropriate for half (1/2) the number of hours to be spent in Early Childhood environments. A variety of assignments and activities should be included, with artifacts and assessments documented. A minimum of 15 contact hours of field experience is required.

Required: Early Childhood Major Area (15 semester credits)

 

ECE 111

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

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ECE 118

Health, Nutrition and Safety

3

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ECE 121

Language Development and Activities

3

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ECE 138

Observation, Assessment, Curriculum and Guidance of Young Children

4

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ECE 146

Child, Family & Community

2

 

 

Total semester hours required for AAT in Early Childhood Education degree

64

See ECE course descriptions; EDU course descriptions; MAT course descriptions and IAI codes.

1Human Diversity is required; student needs to take one course with an asterisk, from Humanities & Fine Arts or Social & Behavioral Sciences as noted in the Associate in Arts degree.

Chairperson: Mary Rinchiuso, Ext. 3022