ECE professionals, you may be able to continue your professional education at no cost. Learn more.
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 Teacher, Director and Infant/Toddler 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.
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. Coursework in the A.A.S. will also prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university. 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.
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.
Providers with a current (i.e. not expired) Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ could earn the following Early Childhood Education (ECE) credits at Harper College:
Preschool CDA: ECE 101 Introduction to ECE and ECE 149 ECE Special Topics
Infant/Toddler CDA: ECE 101 Introduction to ECE and ECE 149 ECE Special Topics
Family Childcare CDA: ECE 101 Introduction to ECE and ECE 140 Family Childcare Management
Follow these steps to pursue college credit for your CDA:
Step 1. Apply to the College. For an application fee waiver code, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 2. Send a copy of your current CDA certificate to the ECE department at email@example.com. Include your full name and contact information with email address. The state of Illinois limits one CDA per student.
Step 3. During the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years, all fees are being paid for with grant funds.
(6 credit hours x $30 per credit hour = $180). No payment is needed.
Step 4. The ECE Faculty will review your submission to determine if credits have been earned. If you have successfully earned course credits, they will be posted to your permanent record as ungraded credit but will not show on your end of semester grade report.
Learn more about career outcomes for Harper's Early Childhood Education degree/certificate programs. Each career profile offers a complete picture on the local job market, including salaries, open positions, top local employers and more. To learn more, visit our Early Childhood Education Careers page.
To schedule an appointment with an ECE support staff member or to obtain more information, click on the links provided.
For any additional questions, please email ECEStudent@harpercollege.edu.