Early Children Education Degree (CHD.AAS)

The early childhood education curriculum is designed to provide students with the requisite skills and theoretical knowledge to work in a variety of facilities for young children. The curriculum includes the cognitive areas of theory, history of child development, psychology and sociology as they relate to the developing infant.

This program has been articulated with some area high schools. Recent high school graduates may have earned credit in this program through high school coursework. Refer to the Dual Credit webpage for more information.

NOTE: All students who intend to be an elementary or secondary school teacher must plan their programs at South Suburban College very carefully in order to ensure that:

  1. they transfer without loss of credit to the senior institution of their choice.
  2. they fulfill the new General Education requirements for teacher certification by the State of Illinois.
Overview for College Success Credits
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a class that will help you plan and assist you in becoming a better student and support you in your work/life balance. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.
Cluster 1 Credits
ENG 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
CHD 100 Child, Family & Community 3
CHD 105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
EDU 110 Foundations of American Education 3
Cluster 2 Credits
CHD 104 Child Growth & Development 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
CHD 203 The Exceptional Child 3
CHD 208 Early Childhood Curriculum 3
CHD 211 Internship I 3
SPE 108 Oral Communication 3
Cluster 3 Credits
CHD 210 Observation & Assessment 3
EDU 204 Introduction to Special Education 3
CHD 205 Multicultural Education 3
CHD 202
EDU 111
Language Arts for Young Children
Language Arts in Elementary Schools
CHD 108 Child Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
Cluster 4 Credits
CHD 212 Internship II 3
CHD 209 Guidance of the Young Child 3
CHD 106 Creative Activities for Young Child 3
MTH 103
MTH 145
Fundamentals of Mathematics
Math Concepts & Structures
GROUP II Humanities Elective 3
Minimum for Degree: 63


Suggested Electives Credits
CHD 107 Music for Early Childhood 3
CHD 207 Infant and Toddler Care 3
CHD 215 Administration and Supervision of Child Care Centers 3
CIS 101 Computer Literacy and Applications 3
Suggestive Humanities Electives Credits
ENG 103 American Literature to 1865 3
ENG 104 American Literature 1865-Present 3
ENG 203 Introduction to British Literature 3
ENG 204 Shakespeare 3

For questions regarding the Early Childhood Education Program, please call Donna Walker, Early Childhood Education Program coordinator, (708) 596-2000 ext. 2659, Main Campus Room 3463 or the Allied Health & Careers Department at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2204.

To make an appointment concerning Allied Health Careers, please contact the Counseling Department at (708) 210-5724.