Early Childhood Education & Care

    Early Childhood Education & Care can be extremely rewarding if you enjoy working with children. This program prepares you for a future career in many different settings including preschools, elementary education and park districts. This program is an excellent foundation for continuing on to college for careers in education. 

    What will my classes be like?

    Studying basic philosophies of early childhood education, preparing lesson plans and implementing them in the on-site laboratory preschool are just a few of the aspects of the program. The skills you acquire here will set you on the path to an exciting career in education.

    Course Goals/Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

    ·        Identify the various types of early childhood education and care programs

    ·        Demonstrate knowledge of child development, principles and theories

    ·        Identify characteristics of various ages and stages of early childhood

    ·        Ability to promote children’s health and safety

    ·        Establish classroom limits

    ·        Demonstrate the ability to handle daily routines

    ·        Demonstrate knowledge and ability to guide different areas of the

    preschool classroom

    Program Components

    There are three areas of the program:

    Areas                            Knowledge Application

    Classroom                     Theory/Level1 ECE

    Lesson Planning            LessonPlans/Self-Assessment

    Preschool                       Hands-on Lab


    Course Outlines (Syllabus)

    Topic-based outline for first year students on a regular schedule for high school credit:


    Skill                                                                                         Time Frame

    Mastery of Age Appropriate Child Growth                         August-September

    & Development


    Support Intellectual Emotional and Social                        October

    Development through Positive Guidance


    Learning Experiences for Children                                   November-December


    Maintaina Safe & Healthy Environment                            January-February


    Demonstrate Knowledge of Programs,                             March  

    Special Needs Parent Involvement and

    Child Care Careers


    Professionalism                                                                 April-May



    Curriculum sequence for The Gateways to Opportunity ECE Credential Level 1 High School Training

    Module Number*

    Module Title*

    Approx. date of delivery


    Child Development Overview



    Health Issues for Group Care




    Nutrition Issues for Group Care




    Safety Issues for Group Care



    Observation and Guidance



    Learning Happens in Relationships



    Family and Community Relationships



    Personal and Professional Development



    Child Growth and Development, Birth-8 months



    Child Growth and Development, 8 months-18 months



    Child Growth and Development, 18 months-36 months



    Preschool Age Child-Social Emotional Development



    Preschool Age Child-Physical Development



    Preschool Age Child-Language Development




    Preschool Age Child-Cognitive Development



    The School-Age Child



    Assessments Standards/Grading Practices

    There is a test after each goal completion.

    An assessment is taken after each module from the Level 1 ECE.

    Semester grades are based on the following:

    • Skills and Goals, 80%
    • Professionalism, 20%


    Grading Scale

    90%-100%       A

    80%-89%         B

    70%-79%         C

    60%-69%         D

    59%and under F

    College Credit Opportunities

    Level 1 ECE credential

    Students may earn college credit while also earning high school credit in the following College of DuPage class:

    ECE 1100 Student must meet College of DuPage criteria

    Field Experiences

    Extended Campus/Job Shadow experiences available (see instructor for details)

    Career Pathways



    Teacher Assistant

    Elementary School Teacher

    Recreational Child Specialist

    Family Child Care Provider

    Lead Teacher (child care


    Teaching & Training

    Professional Support Services



    For sample occupations and postsecondary educational requirements, visit:


    www.careertech.org and click on“Career Clusters & Pathways”


    Placement Guidelines/Recommendations:

    We are confident that the Early Childhood Education & Care Program at Technology Center of DuPage is a positive and productive learning opportunity for DuPage County students. With this in mind, the following academic guidelines are recommendations intended to assist in scheduling students for success.

    If a student considering Early Childhood Education & Care has questions about one or more of these guidelines, contact a guidance representative from the home high school to clarify individual situations.

    Academic Readiness:

    ·        Mathematics

    -         add, subtract, multiply & divide whole numbers, fractions, and decimals

    -         only single operation problems must be solved

    -         basic geometric concepts

    ·        Literacy

    -         read and comprehend at 7th grade level

    -         understand multiple step instruction

    -         decode words

    ·        Writing

    -         ability to write in complete sentences

    -         ability to transfer preschool observations into written form

    •   Attendance

    -Students are expected to attend and effectively participate in program experiences to be successful in the Technology Center of DuPage experience.

    -95% attendance is expected of successful students in this program.


    Professional Skills:

    Early Child Education and Care students are also expected to effectively display skills and abilities in:

    ·        Reasoning and Problem Solving

    -         recognize the nature of a problem

    -         anticipate a possible problem

    -         think of news ideas and creative ways to solve problems

    -         identify problems and review information

    -         analyze options and apply solutions

    -         remember information such as words, numbers, pictures and procedures

    -         use reasoning to discover answers to problems

    -         judge the costs and benefits of a possible action

    ·        Managing Oneself, People, Time and Things

    -         ability to demonstrate time management skills

    -         be able to stay on task

    -         be self-motivated

    -         ability to demonstrate cost effectiveness

    ·        Working with People

    -         be respectful of peers, teachers, preschool children & preschool families

    -         ability to demonstrate teamwork skills

    -         exhibit appropriate verbal & nonverbal behavior in a preschool setting

    -         A willingness to learn and be flexible

    ·        Perceiving and Visualizing

    -         imagine how something will look if it is moved around or its parts are rearranged

    -         know one’s location in a physical setting and recognize where other objects are located in relation to oneself