Early Childhood Education and Care Program

Make a Difference in the Life of a Child

The faculty of the Early Childhood Education and Care academic program welcome you to College of DuPage.

The ECEC program offers a combination of classroom instruction and supervised, hands-on experience that prepares students for direct entry into the field of Early Childhood Education and Care in positions such as child care director, assistant director, preschool teacher, child care teacher, infant-toddler caregiver, Head Start teacher, elementary or special education aide, and before or after school teacher.

Specialized courses are also available for early childhood professionals, teachers, caregivers, parents and prospective parents who want to enhance their knowledge and expertise about early childhood and curriculum development. The program may also be a valuable course of study for students planning to work with young children in other disciplines such as education, health, social work and recreation.

Gainful Employment Information

View information about this program, including estimated cost and employment opportunities.

 

Contact Information


If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty advisor in this field. To send an e-mail, click on the name of the advisor you wish to reach.

Cindy Rice, Asst. Professor, Coordinator
Early Childhood Center (EC), Room 1003
Advises students whose last names begin with the letters N-Z

Jean Zaar, Instructor
Early Childhood Center (EC), Room 1001
Advises students whose last names begin with the letters A-M

Health and Sciences Division
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 1220, (630) 942-8331

How To Get Started

Learn the steps necessary to get started in the Early Childhood Education and Care Program at COD.