May 19, 2019  

Education, Early Childhood

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Associate in Arts (681)

To teach young children (birth to age 8) in Illinois public schools, teachers must be licensed by the State of Illinois. Since admission is competitive, completion of the recommended courses does not guarantee admission. Community college students are strongly encouraged to complete an Associate in Arts (AA) degree prior to transfer. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale), dependent on the transfer school requirements, and the passage of the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or equivalent ACT plus Writing or SAT score are required for program admission.

Information regarding Illinois standards for Professional Educator License is available on the Illinois State Board of Education Website at

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Students who have already chosen the university to which they plan to transfer should consult that institution’s catalog or department advisor and an SVCC academic advisor in planning their program. Individualized articulation sheets for some universities are available in the advising office.

Criminal History Check Policy

Illinois law requires Illinois school boards to conduct a criminal background investigation on applicants for employment. This law also prohibits the employment of a person who has been convicted of committing or attempting to commit any one or more of a number of offenses. At present, offenses include first degree murder; any Class X felony; juvenile pimping; soliciting for a juvenile prostitute; exploitation of a child; obscenity; child pornography; harmful material; criminal sexual assault; aggravated criminal sexual assault; offenses set forth in the Cannabis Control Act; and crimes defined in the Illinois Controlled Substance Act. Employment must be denied whether the offenses and/or conviction occurred inside or outside the state of Illinois.

Students who perform classroom observations through coursework at Sauk Valley Community College may be required by the selected school/site to undergo a criminal background check prior to placement. Students may be denied at any observation site based on the results of that check.

Students who feel their criminal background may exclude them from observation or employment should seek counseling with SVCC faculty or advising staff early in their program to determine how it may affect their participation and eligibility.

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Academic Advising, 815/835-6354
Janis Jones, Assistant Professor of Education, 815/835-6410

Education, Early Childhood - IAI Recommended Baccalaureate Curriculum


Second Semester - Sem/Hrs: 15

  • ECE or EDU elective 3 Semester hours (ECE 202, ECE 240, EDU 224, EDU 275)

Third Semester - Sem/Hrs: 15-16

  • *Physical Science 3-4 Semester hour(s)

Fourth Semester - Sem/Hrs: 17-18

  • **Electives 3 Semester hour(s)
  • *Life Science 3-4 Semester hour(s)
  • Humanities 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Personal Development 2 Semester hour(s)

Total Credits: 65-66


*One lab science required.

**Suggested electives include: ECE 115, EDU 224, 276, GEO 122, PED 220


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