Early Childhood Credential Transfer Pathway Level IV

(formerly Early Childhood Education)

Curriculum EDU.ECE.AAS (C220A)

The field of early childhood education is filled with many exciting career opportunities! Potential careers include working directly with young children and their families through teaching in public and private schools, Head Start programs, child care centers, and family child care homes. Career opportunities also include supporting those who work directly with young children in occupations that include administration, curriculum development, policy advocates and lobbyists, coaches and mentors, licensing representatives, and providers of professional development. Our state and nation is currently facing a critical need for well-prepared early childhood practitioners, with an anticipated growth in career opportunities of 14% (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014).

At Triton College, we have a variety of pathways designed to support your professional growth. Whether you are interested in earning a Gateways Credential or are planning to transfer to a four-year program, we have the courses and opportunities to meet your education and career needs.

Our courses are designed around the following 3 Pathways: Career Pathways, Credential Continuing, and Credential Transfer.

The ECE Career Pathway Certificate is designed for students who are in the field or seeking immediate employment and are pursuing Gateways Credentials to secure employment or progress within a current role. This pathway is designed with convenient on and off ramps—you can pursue a Level 2 Credential, for example, then later decide that you would like to attain your Level 3 Credential.

The ECE Credential Continuing Pathway Certificate or degree is designed for students who are seeking employment and/or working in the field and who plan on progressing through each of the credentials with the goal of attaining their A.A.S. Courses are laid out in a three to four semester sequence, with milestones of credential attainment marked along the way.

The ECE Credential Transfer Pathway is designed for students who are planning to transfer to a four-year university. This sequence of courses supports the attainment of the Level 3 Gateways Credential and either the A.A. or A.S. degree, and maximizes the number of courses that will directly transfer to a partnering four-year institution.

Each of our Pathways is designed to support the attainment of Gateways Credentials. The Gateways Credential is recognized by the Illinois Department of Human Services Bureau of Child the Care and Development. Credentials are required for varied Circles of Quality in ExceleRate Illinois and can be used as a prerequisite for employment within early learning programs. To earn your Level 2-4 ECE Gateways Credential, you are required to follow a prescribed course of study.

Daytime morning 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.

The Early Childhood Credential Continuing Pathway Degree is designed for students who are taking early childhood courses to attain a Gateway Level 4 credential to meet ExceleRate/employer requirements with attainment of the A.A.S. as an end goal.

Last Update Effective: 8/21/16

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Semester One

Credit Hours


ECE 110

Early Childhood Development



ECE 111

Introduction to Early Childhood Education



MAT 102

Liberal Arts Mathematics or



MAT 117

Math for Elementary School Teachers II



RHT 101

Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I







PSY 100

Introduction to Psychology






Semester Two


ECE 118

Health, Nutrition and Safety



ECE 121

Language Development & Activities



SPE 101

Principles of Effective Speaking




General education (recommended):



ART 110

Looking at Art



PHL 101

Introduction to Philosophy or



PHL 105

World Religions










Semester Three


ECE 138

Observation, Assessment, Curriculum and Guidance of Young Children



ECE 146

Child, Family & Community



ECE 231

Science and Math for Children



ECE 233

Creative Activities for the Young Child



HTH 281

First Aid & CPR



MUS 110

Listening to Music






Semester Four


ECE 142

Students with Disabilities in School



HIS 152

History of the U.S. Since 1877 or



SOC 100

Introduction to Sociology




Electives (strongly suggested for credential, but may not transfer):



ECE 251




ECE 252









Total credits required for graduation


See ECE course descriptions.

See Humanities and Social or Behavioral Science General Education and Associate in Arts degree requirements for Physical or Life Sciences or Mathematics requirements.

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

Chairperson: Mary Ann Olson, Ext. 3978