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Degrees & Certificates in Teaching

MATH & SCIENCES DIVISION

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION - Degree

Associate in Applied Science Degree

This two-year program leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. The curriculum provides students with the background in early childhood and general studies necessary for a career in early childhood education. Graduates will be prepared for positions as family child care providers, teachers and directors in child care centers, family group homes, Head Start programs, and after school programs. The degree also prepares students for teacher’s aides positions in public school classrooms and in special education programs. Additionally, this degree meets the requirements for Gateways to Opportunities Early Childhood Credential Level 4.

note icon All bolded core ECE courses in this program should be taken prior to enrolling in additional ECE courses.

► Total = 64 Hours

note icon Rend Lake College is a Gateways to Opportunity Entitled Institution, meaning the college has aligned its coursework with specific credential benchmarks based on state and national standards.

note icon All students in the program must go through a background check as required by Department of Children and Family Services. Additionally, a physical exam proving the student is free of communicable diseases, including tuberculosis, and physical or mental conditions which could affect his or her ability to perform assigned duties is required.

First Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ECE 1201 Child Development (3)
  • ECE 1202 Intro to Early Childhood Education (3)
  • ECE 1204 Creative Arts for Young Children (3)
  • ECE 1207 Language Arts for Young Children (3)
  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)

Second Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ART 1101 Art Appreciation 1 (3)
  • ECE 1205 Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
  • ECE 1206 Curriculum for Young Children (3)
  • ECE 1208 Family / Community / Staff Relations (3)
  • ECE 1210 Child Study and Observation (3)

Third Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

Fourth Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)
  • CSCI 1102 Introduction to Computers w/ Business Applications (3)
  • ECE 2202 Center-Based Child Care Management (3)
  • ECE 2203 Science and Math for Young Children (3)
  • ECE 2209 Practicum (4)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION- Certificate

Occupational Certificate

This one-year certificate provides students with the background in Early Childhood Education courses. Courses in this two-semester certificate align with the associate degree program to promote a seamless transition into the Associate in Applied Science Degree

Gainful Employment Information

► Total = 30 Hours

Fall Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ECE 1201 Child Development (3)
  • ECE 1202 Intro to Early Childhood Education (3)
  • ECE 1204 Creative Arts for Young Children (3)
  • ECE 1205 Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
  • ECE 1207 Language Arts for Young Children (3)

Spring Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ECE 1206 Curriculum for Young Children (3)
  • ECE 1208 Family / Community / Staff Relations (3)
  • ECE 1209 Curriculum Lab (3)
  • ECE 1210 Child Study and Observation (3)
  • ECE 2203 Science and Math for Young Children (3)

EARLY CHILDHOOD ASSISTANT - Certificate

These foundation courses provide the student with basic knowledge needed for entry-level positions in the field of early childhood education.

► Total = 6 Hours

Fall Semester (6 Cr. Hrs.)

EARLY CHILDHOOD – LEVEL TWO- Certificate

The Level Two Certificate is designed to lead the early childhood professional to a Level Two Early Childhood Credential through Illinois Gateways to Opportunity. The certificate fulfills the coursework requirements. The student must submit required documentation and fee associated with this credential to Illinois Gateways to Opportunity.

Gainful Employment Information

► Total = 12 Hours

Fall Semester (6 Cr. Hrs.)

Spring Semester (6 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ECE 1205 Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
  • ECE 1206 Curriculum for Young Children (3)

EARLY CHILDHOOD – LEVEL THREE- Certificate

The Level Three Certificate is designed to lead the early childhood professional to a Level Three Early Childhood Credential through Illinois Gateways to Opportunity. The certificate fulfills the coursework requirements. The student must submit required documentation and fee associated with this credential to Illinois Gateways to Opportunity.

Gainful Employment Information

► Total = 27 Hours

Fall Semester (12 Cr. Hrs.)

Spring Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ART 1101 Art Appreciation (3)
  • ECE 1205 Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
  • ECE 1206 Curriculum for Young Children (3)
  • ECE 1208 Family / Community / Staff Relations (3)
  • ECE 1210 Child Study and Observation (3)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CREDENTIAL- Certificate

The Gateways Technical Assistance (TA) Credential is a credential which is cross-sector and includes all aspects of coaching, mentoring and relationship-based professional development. The TA Credential is a symbol of professional achievement which validates the knowledge and skills, experience and contributions required to a variety of roles which relate to relationship-based professional development in Early Childhood Education. The roles include mentor / consultant in early education and / or school-age practitioners, evidence-based practices coach, professional needs assessor, and supporter of the development needs of children. The certificate coursework encompasses the appropriate topics required by Gateways to ensure alignment to the credentialing standards.

Gainful Employment Information

► Total = 16 Hours

Prerequisites

  • ENGL 1101 – Rhetoric & Composition I (or concurrent enrollment) (3)
  • ENGL 1422 – Accelerated Learning Program (3)

Spring Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • COMM 1101 - Principles of Effective Speaking (3)
  • ECE 1208 – Family / Community / Staff Relations (3)
  • ECE 2202 - Center-Based Child Care Management (3)
  • ECE 2209 – Practicum (4)
  • MGMT 2201 Principles of Management (3)

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION - Degree

Associate in Arts Degree

The schedule of courses suggested will meet education course requirements at several universities. It also provides a well-rounded general education for education students. All universities have specific requirements which are not reflected by the courses below. Students should check with a counselor for requirements at specific universities. According to ICCB guidelines, students must earn a “C” or better in all courses housed in this program.

► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ART 1101 Art Appreciation or
    MUSI 1100 Music Appreciation (3)

  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)
  • ECE 2208 Teaching the Child with Disabilities (3)
  • MATH 1130 Algebraic and Arithmetic Systems 2, 3 (4)
  • POLI 2101 American Government 2 (3)
  • Elective (1)

Fourth Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

Suggested Electives

 

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based test scores.

2 Do not register without consulting advisor.

3 MATH 1130 and MATH 2110 must both be taken to meet IAI core requirements and to guarantee full transfer to a four-year university.

note icon All Education majors are required to pass the Constitution exam prior to graduating from Rend Lake College. Students are encouraged to take and pass the TAP test prior to RLC graduation. Illinois universities require TAP completion prior to enrollment in the Teacher Ed program courses.

SECONDARY EDUCATION – Degree

Associate in Arts Degree or Associate in Science Degree

Individuals planning to teach in high school can obtain a standard high school certificate in most fields of study. Typical majors are art, biological sciences, chemistry, English, mathematics, social studies and speech.

During the first two years of study at Rend Lake College, students should complete requirements for an Associate in Arts Degree or Associate in Science Degree in their major areas. Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 2101), American History (HIST 2102), American Government (POLI 2101), a literature course and a third-world culture course are required as part of the general education requirements. After selecting their majors, students are advised to refer to that section of the Rend Lake College catalog and follow the guidelines for their particular two-year transfer programs.

After transferring to a four-year institution, students will spend the third and fourth years completing a standard major and minor, taking a series of professional education courses and completing a student teaching assignment.

note icon All Education majors are required to pass the Constitution exam prior to graduating from Rend Lake College.

Suggested Electives


 

Transferring Credits


 

  Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  Early Childhood Education

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  Central Methodist University
  Early Childhood Education 

 
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Faculty & Staff


Administrative Assistant/Math and Sciences
Phone Extension: 1288
Building: South Oasis
Office: 134
 
Dean of Math & Sciences Division
Phone Extension: 1258
Building: South Oasis
Office: 145
 
Math and Sciences Division / Early Childhood Education Professor
Phone Extension: 1397
Building: South Oasis
Office: 152
 

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Math & Sciences Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1288
Email:
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Math & Sciences
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Math & Sciences


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