Early Childhood Career Pathway Certificate Level II

(formerly Child Development CDA Preparation Certificate)

Curriculum ECE.CDA.CERT (C420C)

The Early Childhood Career Pathway Certificate is designed for students enrolled in early childhood to attain a Gateway Level 2 Credential to meet ExceleRate/employer requirements. The Early Childhood Career Pathway Certificate is designed for students seeking immediate employment and are pursuing Gateways Credentials to secure employment or progress within a current role. This pathway is designed with stackable course offerings so students can progress within the credentialing program.

Daytime field experiences are requirements for all ECE classes, progressing from basic observation to a supervised observation/preparation class which precedes student teaching in the Lab School at Triton College.

College and state medical assessments and background inquiry checks are required of all individuals working with young children.

All program electives may not transfer to four year colleges/universities.

Last Update Effective: 8/21/16

CDA Preparation Core

Semester One

Credit Hours


ECE 110

Early Childhood Development



ECE 111

Introduction to Early Childhood Education



ECE 153

Guiding Children and Managing the Classroom






Semester Two


ECE 118

Health, Nutrition and Safety



ECE 138

Observation, Assessment, Curriculum and Guidance of Young Children



ECE 142

Students with Disabilities in School



ECE 146

Child, Family & Community








Total credits required


Note: A minimum grade of "C" is required as a prerequisite for each ECE course in all ECE programs.

See ECE course descriptions.

Chairperson: Mary Ann Olson, Ext. 3978

Gainful Employment

The information provided in the link below is available to assist students in making informed choices about their education and career.


For more information about Gainful Employment, visit the Triton College Financial Aid Office, located in the Student Center Building, Room B-160, or send an email to: finaid@triton.edu.