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A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education

Program Details

The Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education Degree offered by Southeastern Illinois College was created to give students the skills and knowledge with which to work with young children from birth through age 8. The curriculum for this program is such that provides students with a background in both child development and general studies. This way, students are prepared for a career or additional education in early childhood education.

Graduates of this program have the potential to pursue positions as center-based or assistant teachers, teacher aides, family child care providers, or program directors in an array of early childhood care settings. All applying students must go through a background check, as is required by the Department of Children and Family Services, in addition to a physical exam that ensures students are free of any communicable diseases.

This program includes some field or clinical aspects that are designed to provide students with practical, experiential knowledge. This includes observation assignments, interviews, assessments of children and programs, and teaching lesson plans to small groups and individuals. The program requires the enrollment in Practicum I and II, field experience courses that help students develop curricula and build relationships with families and students.

In order to complete this program, students must earn a total of at least 63 hours of credit while maintaining a minimum overall 2.0 GPA. Students that enroll in the program at full-time status are able to complete it in about two years. Courses for the program come from the early childhood education discipline as well as from the areas of English, education, psychology, and mathematics.


Applicants must submit an official copy of their high school transcript or GED scores and official college transcripts to the Enrollment Services Office.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Southeastern Illinois College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.


Illinois students only, as practicum courses are satisfied through facilities in Illinois.