Early Childhood Education
Start your career in early childhood education
Harper College offers several degree specializations and certificates to begin your career in early childhood education or add teaching credentials. Harper offers Early Childhood Education degrees with Director, Family Child Care and Teacher specializations, as well as numerous transfer options.
At Harper, you'll get hands-on experience through the Early Childhood Laboratory School, an onsite pre-school.
Harper instructors are highly credentialed and experienced educators who make classroom theory come alive through interactive experiences and teaching practices.
Start at Harper. Finish at a four-year university.
The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree prepares you to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. Speak with your advisor about the best courses to take to meet your academic goals.
Harper also offers institution-specific transfer information to help prepare you to transition to a four-year university. To learn more, visit our Transfer Information page or see your advisor.
Earn a career-ready degree
The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is designed to prepare you for immediate entry into this career field. This is one degree with different areas of specialization. Course work in the A.A.S. may also prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university.
- Associate in Applied Science—Early Childhood Education
(choose ONE specialization):
Earn a workforce credential
Jumpstart your career by learning new skills through a certificate program. Many of Harper's certificates are stackable to a degree program through additional course work.
- Assistant Teacher Certificate
- Family Child Care I Certificate
- Family Child Care II Certificate
- Infant/Toddler Teacher Certificate
- Infant/Toddler Teacher Asst. Certificate
- Teacher Certificate
Flexible program options
- Catalog Courses Descriptions
- Early Childhood Laboratory School
- Transfer Guide for Education Majors
- Student Organizations
- NAEYC Outcome Measures
- Job Placement Resource Center
For more information about starting your college education at Harper, please contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or fill out our request information form.
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