Early Childhood Credential Continuing Pathway Certificate Level III

(formerly Early Childhood Education Certificate)

Curriculum EDU.ECE.CERT (C320A)

The Early Childhood Credential Continuing Pathway Certificate is designed for students who are taking early childhood courses to attain a Gateway Level 3 Credential to meet ExceleRate/employer requirements. Each Level is designed for credential attainment and progression to the next level of credential, with attainment of the AAS as an end goal.


At the successful completion of the Early Childhood Credential Continuing Pathway Level III Certificate, the graduate will be able to:

  • apply Developmentally Appropriate Practice in all aspects of curriculum and instruction;
  • describe the developmental characteristics and needs of children birth through age eight;
  • utilize observation, documentation, and assessment to inform their practices with young children;
  • establish respectful and reciprocal relationship with children and their families;
  • create classroom environments that promote respect and acceptance for human diversity; and
  • exhibit professional practices that are aligned with NAEYC Professional Standards and Code of Ethical Conduct.

Daytime field experiences are requirements for all ECE classes, progressing from basic observation to a supervised observation/preparation class which precedes student teaching in the lab school at Triton College.

College and state medical assessments and background inquiry checks are required of all individuals working with young children.

All program electives may not transfer to four year colleges/universities.

Semester One

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 110Early Child Development

3 credits

ECE 111Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3 credits

MAT 116Math for Elementary School Teachers I #

3 credits

RHT 101Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:12

Semester Two

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 118Health, Nutrition & Safety #

3 credits

ECE 142Students With Disabilities in School #

3 credits

PSY 100Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

Program electives

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:12

Semester Three

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 138Observation, Assessment, Curriculum and Guidance of Young Children #

3.5 credits

ECE 146Child, Family & Community

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:5.5

Program electives (3):

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 121Language Development & Activities #

3 credits

ECE 231Science and Math for Children #

3 credits

ECE 233Creative Activities for the Young Child #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours: 29.5

Note: A minimum grade of "C" is required for each ECE course in all ECE programs.

See ECE course descriptions.

Chairperson: Ayelet Miller, Email: ayeletmiller@triton.edu, Ext. 3989

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