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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 interested in learning more about this program, please contact Program Advisor Trish Ambrosio at (630) 942-3419 or

Health and Sciences Division
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2616, (630) 942-2010

How To Get Started

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