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Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education libguide aims to provide comprehensive support for those navigating the realm of career exploration and preparation.

Career Exploration & Preparation

Teachers and educators play an essential role in the lives of their students. Early childhood education professionals are particularly vital. Their efforts can instill an interest and love of learning in young children and can help determine the educational path their students take later in life. 

Explore the wealth of resources below, including insights from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), detailed job profiles from Ferguson's Career Guidance Center, and occupational outlooks from the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Additionally, access practice tests, career preparation materials, and more through LearningExpress PrepStep for Colleges.

Early Childhood Education Program at Oakton

At Oakton, we're proud to offer an Early Childhood Education Program to train and prepare students for this important job. We offer a diverse set of study options so you can choose the path that best suits you, your interests and your goals.

Our Early Childhood Education Program will educate you to assist infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and early school-age children in group situations. You'll receive hands-on instruction in college-affiliated, nationally accredited early childhood education centers that serve as field sites.

We offer several stackable certificates, starting with as few as six courses to complete through an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, to prepare you for a range of teaching positions from infancy through early school age. Our classes will give you the foundation to start or build upon a career, while our advisors and faculty will help ensure you complete the necessary coursework and field experiences to get your credentials. For more information, please visit their website.