Early Childhood Education

The Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education Degree provides the early childhood education professional with knowledge to care for children in child care centers, home child care, etc.

The Early Childhood Education Program Paraprofessional Educator Career Certificate prepares students for entry-level positions as paraprofessional educators (teacher assistants) and can lead to the Associate in Applied Science degree in Paraprofessional Education.

The Early Childhood Education Program Early Childhood Education Career Certificate prepares students for entry-level positions in child care programs and meets the minimal educational requirements established by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for an early childhood teacher who has obtained one year’s experience in a licensed center.

The Early Childhood Education Program Early Childhood Assistant Career Certificate provides early childhood caregivers with basic knowledge regarding child growth/development and developmentally appropriate programming.

The Early Childhood Education Program Early Childhood Aide Career Certificate provides early childhood caregivers with basic knowledge regarding child growth/development and an overview of early childhood education field.

Gainful Employment Information

Morton College provides students with cost, completion and employment information for students in certificate programs.

Download gainful employment information (PDF) for the following certificate programs:

Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Assistant


For more information, visit the Early Childhood Education Program home page.

Associate in Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education

Curriculum
Early Childhood AAT General Education Requirements
Early Childhood AAT Program Course Requirements
Residency Requirement
  • Students must earn a minimum of 15 credits required for the degree at Morton College. The last 10 semeter hours must be completed at Morton College uninterrupted by coursework from another institution. (Please note: this requirement will only be marked as 'Completed' after your final semester grades have been posted. Contact your academic advisor if you need further clarification.)

Early Childhood Aide – Certificate

Curriculum
Early Childhood Aide Career Certification Requirements

Early Childhood Assistant – Certificate

Curriculum
Early Childhood Assistant Career Certificate Requirements

Paraprofessional Education – Certificate