2021-2022 Course Catalog

Early Childhood Education

Childcare and preschool teacher assistants and workers play a vital role in the development of children. What children learn and experience during their early years can shape their views of themselves and the world and can affect their later success or failure in school, work, and their personal lives.

Richland Community College is entitled by Gateways to Opportunities to offer the ECE Credentials Level 2 and 3. The ECE Credential Level 2 is aligned with the Basic Certificate and the ECE Credential Level 3 is aligned with the Advanced Certificate. The Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Credential provides students with the education and practical experience that Early Childhood Education employers seek in qualified staff. Please consult with the Success Coach for information about the certificates and required coursework.

These are career and technical education certificates. Some of the courses may not transfer to four-year institutions.

Sample Job Titles

ECE Child Care Center Worker, Licensed Childcare Teacher Assistant, ECE Teacher Aide.

Available Degrees and Certificates