Early Childhood Education

Instruction by experts in early childhood education and a state-of-the-art early childhood lab provide a strong foundation for childcare workers and teachers. Practical experience is also gained from job shadowing beginning freshman year. Students learn to plan, organize, and implement activities to nurture the academic, social, and physical development of children from birth to pre-kindergarten. As an Illinois Gateways Entitled program* for Early Childhood Education and for Infants and Toddlers, students earn credentials to meet statewide standards; this status also facilitates transferring to Illinois four-year colleges to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Career Opportunities

  • Teacher
  • Child Care Administrator/Director
  • Nanny
  • EC Aide
  • Preschool Instructor
  • Licensed Day Care Provider
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Suggested Degree Plan for Early Childhood Education (AAS)
Do not use this degree plan as a substitute for an advisor. Always meet with an advisor to discuss your specific needs for completing the program before signing up for classes each semester.
First Semester Details
EDU 102 Introduction to Early Childhood Education Details 3
An introduction to early childhood education philosophies and methods. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of planning developmentally appropriate interactions and techniques. Topics of study include age appropriate methodology, guiding child behavior, internal and external environments, and regulations affecting child care in today's changing world.
Prerequisites: (none)
EDU 124 Health and Safety for Young Children Details 3
Introduction to the health, safety and nutritional needs of young children. Topics include eating habits, menu planning, safe food storage and handling, recognizing common health concerns, creating a safe environment, and principles of child first aid and CPR for infants and children.
Prerequisites: (none)
EDU 150 Caring for Infants and Toddlers Details 3
Study of the specialized needs of infants and toddlers, including the development of routines and environments that promote effective cognitive, motor and language development. Emphasis is placed on providing appropriate care, stimulating environments, and assessing the needs of infants and toddlers. Cultural and social diversity and the creation of partnerships with families and childcare facilities are integrated throughout the course.
Prerequisites: (none)
ENG 101 Rhetoric and Composition I Details 3
An introductory course in writing at the college level with attention to skills needed at each stage of the writing process. Placement in ENG 101 presupposes competence in English grammar, mechanics, punctuation, and spelling.
Prerequisites: ENG 099 with a grade of "C" or above or appropriate placement score
FYE 101 Blazing Your Trail Details 1
Directed to new students, this course provides a supportive transition to the culture of higher education. Course objectives aim at preparing students for the college experience by acquiring effective learning techniques and by becoming aware of available college resources for academic and personal growth. This course also develops students' abilities, which will assist them with the complexities of college life.
Prerequisites: (none)
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology Details 3
Basic introduction to the major areas of psychology--the study of behavior and the mind. Areas of emphasis include human development, personality theory, learning, thinking, stress and motivation, mental illnesses, and biological and social aspects of behavior. Course will combine research with real life application throughout.
Prerequisites: (none)
Second Semester Details
CMN 101 Introduction to Speech I Details 3
An introduction to the basic principles of oral communication as applied to public speaking. The course emphasizes the mastery of oral communication skills through a variety of exercises in which the student speaks before the group. Involves analysis of such topics as preparation, organization, and delivery.
Prerequisites: (none)
EDU 202 Child Growth and Development Details 3
The study of the development of the child from birth to age 12. Emphasis is given to the physical, motor, social, emotional, language, perceptual, cognitive, moral, psychological, and personality development. Observation of infant, preschool, or school-age child is required.
Prerequisites: (none)
Various EDU discipline specific course Details 3
Curriculum adjustments are being made on the discipline specific courses (Math for Young Children, Language & Literature and Science for Young Children). Check with an advisor for the most up to date details.
Prerequisites: Varies by course
Various EDU discipline specific course Details 3
Curriculum adjustments are being made on the discipline specific courses (Math for Young Children, Language & Literature and Science for Young Children). Check with an advisor for the most up to date details.
Prerequisites: Varies by course
EDU 271 Working with Families and the Community Details 3
An overview of the philosophies and specific techniques of developing partnerships with families in today's diverse society. Techniques to promote family involvement, communication, commitment, support and acceptance for the educational advantage of the child are emphasized. Field experiences and observations are required. Investigation of community resources that serve families.
Prerequisites: (none)
EDU 171 Play and Motor Activities for Young Children Details 2
Focus is on the theories, function, and value of play for young children. Included are materials, methods, and techniques for teaching and creating an environment for creative play as well as fine and gross motor activities.
Prerequisites: (none)
Third Semester Details
EDU 204 Introduction to Technology in Education Details 3
This course introduces educators to the knowledge and skills required to demonstrate their proficiency in the current technology standards. The course focuses on both knowledge and performance and includes hands-on technology activities.
Prerequisites: (none)
EDU 215 Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Details 3
Students will learn the methods of authentic, alternative classroom based assessment with young children. Opportunity given to gain knowledge and skills to observe, interpret and use information to respond to and support children's learning and development. Typical and atypical children will be studied and evaluated. Child observation is required.
Prerequisites: EDU 100 or EDU 102, and EDU 202
Various EDU discipline specific course Details 3
Curriculum adjustments are being made on the discipline specific courses (Math for Young Children, Language & Literature and Science for Young Children). Check with an advisor for the most up to date details.
Prerequisites: Varies by course
EDU 160 Art and the Young Child Details 2
Study of the materials, methods and techniques, used to promote creative expression in teaching art to young children. Student projects and experiential learning are geared toward age appropriate learning environments.
Prerequisites: (none)
Various General Education Requirement Details 3
Any course that falls under John Wood Community College's list of approved General Education courses for communications, natural science, mathematics, humanities, or social & behavioral science may be taken. Students should always discuss with their advisor which general education course would be best for to them to take to best achieve their particular goals.
Prerequisites: Varies by course
Various MAT Gen. Ed. Requirements (AAS) Details 3
AAS degree-seeking students must select at least one course from the listed Classes.
MAT 100 Technical Mathematics Details 3
A course designed to cover mathematical processes and problems that relate to career, technical and workforce applications. Specific topics include fractions; decimals, ratio, proportion and percentage; measurements; and area and volume.
Prerequisites: (none)
MAT 109 Elementary Statistics Details 3
A study of the collection and interpretation of statistical data. Specific topics include description of sample data, probability, probability distributions, sampling, estimation, testing hypotheses, correlation, and regression.
Prerequisites: MAT 020 with a grade of "C" or above within two semesters, appropriate placement score, or consent of department
MAT 113 College Algebra Details 3
This course is intended for students who plan to continue their college mathematics education or to meet college transfer requirements. Topics include advanced factoring of higher order polynomials; solving quadratic inequalities; advanced topics in relations, functions and their graphs; zeroes and graphs of polynomial and rational functions; and exponential and logarithmic functions.
Prerequisites: MAT 020 with a grade of "C" or above within two semesters, appropriate placement score, or consent of department
MAT 114 Trigonometry Details 3
This course is intended for students who plan to continue their college mathematics education or to meet college transfer requirements. It is the study and analysis of the sine, cosine, tangent, secant, cosecant, and cotangent function; show these functions are used to solve many types of problems involving the sides and angles of triangles; and how these functions are used to solve many types of problems involving cyclic patterns, some that vary with time. Topics include definitions, properties and manipulation of trigonometric functions; applications of trigonometric functions; analytic trigonometry; trigonometric form of complex numbers; and polar coordinates, equations and graphs.
Prerequisites: MAT 020 with a grade of "C" or above within two semesters, appropriate placement score, or consent of department
MAT 220 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I Details 4
A course designed to introduce the concepts of derivative and integral to the student interested in pursuing degrees related to engineering, science or mathematics. Specific topics include functions and graphs; slopes and rates of change; limit theory and continuous functions; formal differentiation; application of differentiation; integration; and applications of integration.
Prerequisites: MAT 113 and MAT 114 with grades of "C" or above within one academic year, appropriate placement score, or consent of department
MAT 234 Calculus for Social Scientists Details 4
A course designed to introduce the business and social science student to the concepts of derivative and integral. Applications of these concepts stress the use of calculus to solve business and social science problems. Specific topics include relations and functions; algebraic functions; exponential and logarithmic functions; derivatives; applications of derivatives; advanced derivative techniques; integrals; advanced integration techniques.
Prerequisites: MAT 113 with a grade of "C" or above within one academic year, appropriate placement score, or consent of department
Fourth Semester Details
EDU 205 Introduction to Special Education Details 3
An overview for education majors and those entering special education, presenting the history and philosophy of the various types of special education for exceptional children. Observations and field experience is required.
Prerequisites: EDU 100 or EDU 102, and EDU 202 (EDU 202 may be taken concurrently)
EDU 220 Guidance of Young Children Details 3
Theories, methods, and techniques for guiding the behavior of children in a group setting is stressed. A variety of behavioral modification techniques will be covered that fall within the established standards of early childhood protocol.
Prerequisites: (none)
EDU 260 Curriculum for Early Childhood Programs Details 3
Philosophy, principles and methods for planning and implementing an educationally and developmentally age appropriate program for young children from infancy through eight years of age. Students will develop effective approaches to promote learning and assessment, family and community relationships and creative interdisciplinary environments.
Prerequisites: EDU 102, EDU 210, EDU 230, and EDU 240 (may be taken concurrently with consent of department)
EDU 298 Early Childhood Education Practicum Details 1-5 (Varies)
This course is an integration of knowledge gained in the child care curriculum through supervised practical experience in the field of child care. Students are expected to demonstrate competency in a broad range of duties associated with the occupations represented by the cooperating agencies and/or schools. Upon successful completion of this class, students will gain a solid range of experience needed to earn credentials needed for professional development of skills in the childcare industry.
Prerequisites: Completion or co-enrollment in all required early childhood education courses or consent of department
Various General Education Requirement Details 3
Any course that falls under John Wood Community College's list of approved General Education courses for communications, natural science, mathematics, humanities, or social & behavioral science may be taken. Students should always discuss with their advisor which general education course would be best for to them to take to best achieve their particular goals.
Prerequisites: Varies by course