Helping young children succeed through educational, social and emotional development
Key Program Features
Providing early childhood education is important to children’s future well-being, and helping nurture the educational and behavioral development of young children can be a very rewarding profession. According to the National Education Association, children enrolled in quality early childhood programs show significant educational, social and emotional development, leading to an increased probability for success in school and life.
LLCC offers a variety of degrees and certificates to prepare students for careers working with young children. Students can prepare to enter the workforce directly or transfer to a senior university for a bachelor’s degree. The LLCC Child Development Center, located on the LLCC-Springfield campus, serves as a learning lab for students in the early childhood education program, and it has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children. The accreditation is the gold standard for early childhood programs across the country.
The growth outlook through 2024, shows that jobs related to early childhood are expected to be favorable, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The median annual wage can vary from $22,000 to more than $45,000, depending on the position.
Degree and Certificate Programs
LLCC offers the following degree and certificate programs to successfully equip you for a career in early childhood education. Learn more about each program:
Early Childhood Care and Education • Associate in Applied Science – time to completion: 2 years
Career options include child development center aide, teacher and director; family child-care provider; preschool teacher or aide; school age child-care worker; playground supervisor; and family support worker.
Early Childhood Education • Associate in Arts (transfer) – time to completion: 2 years
(This program has been articulated with Millikin University as a 2 + 2 program, if taken in its entirety.)
- Designed for students planning to complete a baccalaureate in programs such as child development, family and consumer science, and child and family support.
- Employment opportunities include social service agencies, community-based early childhood care and education facilities, as well as family/community support specialists.
Early Childhood Education Credential Level II • Certificate of Completion – time to completion: 1 year
Early Childhood Education Credential Level III • Certificate of Completion – time to completion: 1 year
Those completing the certificates generally find employment as childcare workers or nannies.
Investment in Your Future
Courses for early childhood education programs have a standard tuition rate. For the 2017-2018 academic year, these courses have an in-district rate of $121 per credit hour. Fees are $11 per credit hour. Get more information on tuition and fees.
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Questions about the program? For more information, contact LLCC Social Sciences by calling 217-786-2391 or Danyle Watkins, assistant professor, early childhood education, at 217-786-4679 or by emailing Danyle.Watkins@llcc.edu.
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Some programs, including Early Childhood Education Credential III • Certificate of Completion, fall under regulations for “Gainful Employment in a Recognized Occupation.” LLCC provides this program’s gainful employment information in compliance with the “Program Integrity” and “Gainful Employment in a Recognized Occupation” regulations as defined by the U.S. Department of Education (34 CFR 668.8).