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WHY SHOULD I UPGRADE MY ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE TO A

Bachelor of Arts in General Studies with a concentration in Child Care? You might be getting along fine with your current degree, but consider these facts:

All DCFS licensed programs anticipate increases in training requirements for childcare education providers. Programs such as the Illinois Department of Human Services tiered reimbursement rate system provide rewards for educational milestones. A higher degree provides potential for increased income. A higher degree increases your level of professionalism and marketability. The Head Start program has set a 2011 goal for 50 percent of all its teachers to hold bachelor’s degrees. Illinois Early Learning Standards recently adopted a goal to “ensure an adequate and stable supply of highly qualified and diverse early childhood professionals to provide high quality early care and education.”

www.illinoisearlylearning.org/standards

UPGRADE YOUR DEGREE WITH EIU’s

Alternative Bachelor’s for Childcare Education If you currently hold an Associate of Art or an Associate of Science degree, you can earn a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies degree with weekend and online study at Eastern Illinois University. Qualifying students can complete this 60-hour program in five semesters (including summer semesters). The program utilizes a combination of technology-delivered (online) and weekend- or evening-format classes. Admission to EIU is necessary, and additional coursework may be required to meet general education requirements.

www.eiu.edu/~abcpgm/

This degree program is for: Childcare Professionals – Head Start programs – Early childhood educators – Family childcare providers – Childcare center staff Those who want a bachelor’s degree, but don’t have time to take traditional weekday classes

School of

Continuing Education www.eiu.edu/~adulted

B.A. in General Studies,

Option in Child Care Education

Alternative Bachelors for Childcare

Education Program Eastern Illinois Un at iversity


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The ABC Program

is a five-semester Associate’s- to-Bachelor’s degree program. We are offering either weekend or online courses. Earn 12 semester hours of credit per semester to complete the 60 semesterhour program. Successful graduates of the program will receive a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies with a concentration in Child Care. The curriculum for the ABC Program was developed based on the seven core content areas of Early Childhood Core Knowledge and Skills as identified by the Professional Development Advisory Council:

Child growth and development Health, safety and nutrition Observation and assessment Curriculum development Teaching/learning interactions and environments Family and community relationships Professional development

Additional Certification Successful program completion entitles you to apply for several additional voluntary certifications and credentials: Illinois Director Credential Level II Early Childhood Professional Level IV Infant/Toddler Credential Level V Illinois School Age/Youth Credential

www.ilgateways.com

PROGRAM OUTLINE SEMESTER 1

11 Sem. Hours

FCS 3810 FCS 4240 FCS 4246 FCS 4680 FCS 4885

Child Care Issues Child Advocacy Curriculum for Homes and Centers Family Systems and Their Impact on Child Care Developing Cultural Awareness in Young Children

SEMESTER 2

11 Sem. Hours

FCS 1121 FCS 3812 FCS 4244 FCS 4845 FCS 4860

Food Sanitation Nutrition and the Young Child Working With Families of Exceptional Children The Family in Crisis Additctions and the Family

SEMESTER 3 FCS 3300 FCS 4242 FCS 4250

10 Sem. Hours Consumer Education Computer Use for Child Care Administration Designing and Managing Learning Environments in EC Programs Activity Planning to Facilitate Brain Development and Concept Formation

UPGRADE YOUR DEGREE WITH EIU’s

FCS 4686 SEMESTER 4

11 Sem. Hours

FCS 3800 FCS 4262 FCS 4854 FCS 4859

Family Life and Sex Education Discipline and Guidance of Young Children Parent/Child Study Administration of Child Care Programs

SEMESTER 5

12 Sem. Hours

FCS 4256 FCS 4264

Working With School-Age Care Programs Child Care Programs: - Development and Grant Writing Internship

FCS 4275

OTHER REQUIREMENTS BGS 2985 BGS 4001 EIU 4XXX *Other

Adults in Transition Self-Directed Leadership Senior Seminar *Other courses needed to satisfy the core requirements of the BA in General Studies not met by the associate’s degree.

Gateways Scholarship Program can pay up to 80 percent of the cost of college tuition and books for early childhood practitioners interested in receiving a higher level of education. Practitioners may pursue coursework leading to an Illinois Director Credential, associate’s or bachelor’s degree in the field of early care and education.

Great START Wage Supplement program supports the professional preparation and stability of the early childhood workforce through wage supplements awarded every six months. Wage supplements are paid to early childhood care and education professionals who have education above the minimum DCFS licensing standards. Wage supplements increase with education level. www.inccrra.org

For More Information, contact: Donna J. Coonce,

MS, CFLE ABC Program Coordinator School of Family and Consumer Sciences Eastern Illinois University 2050 Klehm Hall Phone: 217-581-6352 Fax: 217-581-6090 e-mail: djcoonce@eiu.edu


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