Early Childhood Education (AAS)

Program Description

The Early Childhood Education curriculum is offered by the Department of Social, Behavioral and Educational Studies at the Quad Cities Campus, Moline, and through distance learning and online courses at the East Campus. The Child Development career program is especially designed to prepare persons to work with children birth through age five in facilities that foster healthy social, physical, emotional and intellectual growth. The Black Hawk College Child Development Program has been approved as an entitled program through Gateways to Opportunity. Courses taken at Black Hawk College support the attainment of the following Gateways Credentials: Levels 2, 3, and 4; Infant-Toddler Credential Levels 2, 3, and 4.

Students will take classes designed to give particular understanding and skills in such areas as human growth and development, nutrition, and behavior. Observation and practical experience will take place in off-campus preschool and child care facilities. Observation and practicum students must have documentation of a current physical exam and of having a P.P.D. 2-step test for T.B. Additionally, fingerprinting and background check may be required for observation and practicum students.


Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Reflect on unique development patterns that may require further assessment through the completion of a child study.
  • Evaluate a child’s health and well-being and develop a plan to support the family through the use of community resources.
  • Identify the impact and consequences of external factors on assessment practice.
  • Use screening data to inform family engagement and the instructional practice.
  • Implement lesson plans that demonstrate their competency in: planning strategies, standards driven instruction, evidence based practices, diverse teaching strategies, developmentally appropriate learning experiences, and differentiated instruction.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how positive interactions and engaging environments affect behavior in young children.

Create a professional development plan based on their personal philosophy of education, their short and long-term goals within the field, and plans for achieving those goals.


Black Hawk College’s Early Childhood Education AAS Degree Program is now entitled to offer the Illinois Director’s Credential Level I to students graduating who follow these guidelines:

  1. Graduate with Early Childhood Education AAS degree.
  2. Take SPEC 101, CS 100, ECE 222, ENG 101.
  3. Either come into the program with one year full-time management experience or take summer internship ECE 240 or do one year management experience within two years of graduation.
  4. Do two advocacy projects with ECE 220 class.
  5. Send $30 to Gateways to Opportunity to apply. (See Jodi Becker first.)

Suggested Courses

Course (Credit Hours):

First Semester

ECE 100   Intro to Early Childhood (3)
ECE 115   Infant/Toddler Development (3)
ECE 200   Growth & Devel of Young Child (3)
ENG 101  Composition I (3)
Mathematics elective (3)

Second Semester

ECE 201   Health, Safety, & Nutrition (3)
ECE 202   Observ/Guid/Assessmt Y.C. (3)
ECE 203   Curricu for Early Child Prog (3)
ECE 215   Infant/Toddler Curriculum (3)
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology or
SOC 101   Principles of Sociology (3)

Third Semester

ECE 204   ECE Practicum I (3)
ECE 205   Lang Dev & Activ for Young Chi (3)
ECE 224   Methods of Guiding Children’s Behavr (3)
Humanities elective (3)
SPEC 111 Business & Professional Comm. or
SPEC 175 Intercultural Communications or
SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communication (3)

Fourth Semester

ECE 214 ECE Practicum II (3)
ECE 225 Math & Science for the Young Child (3)
EDUC 210 The Exceptional Child (3)
ECE 220 Admin/Sup/EC Prog (3)
ECE 222 Child, Family, and Community (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree: 60