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Early Childhood Education (Career) – AAS Degree


Early Childhood Education

Associate in Applied Science

Associate in Applied Science, Director’s Credential, Gateway Level 2, Gateway Level 3, Infant/Toddler, Family Childcare

Students who enroll in the Early Childhood Education program at John A. Logan College will be trained to provide care and education for children in public childcare settings to include maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment, providing experiences to promote physical, intellectual, social/emotional, and language/literacy development. Students will also use positive guidance/discipline strategies; establish positive and productive relationships with families; and operate a well-run program for children that adhere to legal requirements and a professional code of ethics.

There are various degrees and certificates offered at John A. Logan College for students who are interested in Early Childhood Education. Please view the following program guides.

Students should apply for the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity (ECACE) Scholarship. This program was created to address Illinois’ shortage of qualified professionals in the early childhood field. This scholarship seeks to help those individuals who currently work or have worked in the early childhood field and would like to advance their credentials or degrees in early childhood education. For more information, please contact Brandi Aken, the ECACE Mentor/Coach at

What You Can Do


  • Preschool Teacher
  • Childcare Center Worker
  • Private School Child Care Worker

Earning Potential

Example: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, at Preschool Teachers : Occupational Outlook Handbook: : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (

Modes of Instruction
Learn more about the modes of instruction offered at John A. Logan College.

Program Details

ECE 0005


ORI 100College 1011
ECE 150Infancy Development13
ECE 151Health, Safety, and Nutrition13
ECE 160Child, Growth, and Development13
ECE 161Early Childhood Practicum11
ECE 272Language and Literacy Development13
PSY 132General Psychology3


ALH 101Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation1
ECE 120Guiding Play and Learning13
ECE 220Infant Toddler Curriculum13
ECE 265Early Childhood Curriculum13
ENG 101English Composition I3
PSY 262Child Psychology3


ECE 260Child, Family, and Community13
ECE 267Child Care Laboratory15
LIT 264Literature for Children3
COM 115Speech3
ELECTIVEIAI Math OR BUS 111 Business Mathematics3


ECE 240Observation and Assessment13
ECE 245The Exceptional Child13
ECE 266Pre-School Administration13
ECE 268Child Care Laboratory15

Total Hours for Degree63

Earn your Director’s Credential

With these two additional courses you can earn a short-term certificate:

ECE 279Management Internship 24
ECE 280Professional Development4

Notes and Information

This program can be completed mostly online with the exception of on-site practicum hours.

The Early Childhood Education Program is a minimum of 63 credit hours. Please use our Tuition and Fees page to calculate your approximate cost.

*Students will be responsible for additional classroom materials and tools.

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John A Logan College is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission. For more information on programs with specialized accreditations please visit Programs with Specialized Accreditations – John A. Logan College (

John A Logan offers a seamless transfer to the next step in your educational journey for many of our programs. Our academic programs prepare you for what you will need to transfer to a four-year college or university. When you have selected the college where you would like to transfer, it is important to review their specific admission and course requirements. John A Logan College has many articulation agreements with various colleges.

Transfer Planning – John A. Logan College (

Program learning outcomes information.

Early Childhood Education Faculty Contact

Marilyn Toliver

Marilyn Toliver

Professor of Early Childhood Education

Phone: (618) 985-2828 Ext. 8468
Office: G217

  1. All ECE courses require a grade of C or higher. ↩︎
  2. One year of full-time early childhood education management experience in a licensed center will waive this course. ↩︎