Few occupations have as much direct impact on the life of young people as that of being an educator. If you want to make a difference on a daily basis, a career in teaching is a great choice. Elgin Community College offers several degree and certificate programs designed to prepare you for immediate employment or career advancement as an educator, or to prepare you to transfer to a four-year university to complete a bachelor's degree.
Elgin Community College offers relevant education coursework for students who aspire to become a licensed elementary teacher in the state of Illinois. Foundational coursework includes historical origins and philosophy of education, cultural awareness, technology, and emerging issues. Education-related courses on literature, math, music and physical education are also offered.
Students interested in pursuing this path are urged to develop an educational plan with an academic advisor to map out the selection of all courses. The courses you take at ECC with plans to transfer to a four-year college or university will differ based on the institution you choose to attend.
Early childhood educators (ECE) teach and nurture young children during one of the most important periods in human development—infancy to school age. Patient and empathetic, ECEs help toddlers blossom into curious, confident, and well-adjusted children. If you have an enthusiastic passion for children and want to make a difference in each child’s life, explore early childhood education at Elgin Community College.
ECC's Early Childhood Education program will prepare you for employment as a child care worker or director. The department establishes a high standard of professionalism in the child care field, through knowledgeable and experienced instructors. As a student, you will benefit from experiential learning through observation at the college’s Early Childhood Lab School, an on-site childcare center for ECC students and employees, with potential to gain hands-on experience.
In addition to the appropriate certificate or degree, students in the career program will also receive the appropriate Gateways to Opportunity Credential.
Prepare for Immediate Employment
Associate of Applied Science
Planning to Transfer
- Associate in Arts (AA)
- Associate in Engineering Science (AES)
- Associate in Fine Arts – Art (AFA)
- Associate in Fine Arts – Music (AFA)
- Associate in Liberal Studies (ALS)
- Associate in Science (AS)
Learn more about earning a Bachelor’s degree, earning summer credits for transfer or dual admissions with a university by visiting University Transfer & Partnerships.