Early Childhood Education Diploma Program

Early Childhood Education Diploma Program

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What Is Early Childhood Education?

Early Childhood Education involves:
  • Teaching social and emotional development to children.
  • Being knowledgeable of age-appropriate activities.
  • Recording individual learning progress of children in your care.
  • Recognizing signs of developmental delay in children with special needs.
  • Balancing each child’s individual needs and push children to their fullest potential.
  • Impacting each child’s growth as a future student.

A multitude of studies suggest that early childhood is one of the most important learning periods in a child’s life. During this time period, high-quality developmental education can not only significantly impact a child’s ability to learn in later life, but also set the course for one’s opportunities in the future. For these overwhelming reasons, effective education during a child’s pre-school years requires careful training and is a highly-rewarding career.

What Career Options Are Available in Early Childhood Education?

Educators with an understanding of the unique needs of this age group can find opportunity in a number of environments, including:
  • Public and Private Schools
  • Childcare Centers
  • Churches
  • Home-Based Education
  • And much more

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Preschool Teachers is projected to grow 13% in Illinois from 2018 to 2028.1

What You Will Learn in a Early Childhood Education Program

One of the best ways to start a career in Early Childhood Education is through a diploma program. At Rockford Career College, our Diploma in Early Childhood Education can be completed in just 7 months and has been carefully designed to:
  • Develop the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to gain employment as entry-level early childhood educators.
  • Course work designed to prepare students to work with young children of all abilities and special needs in a variety of settings.

Why Choose Our College?

For over 90 years, Rockford Career College has made a lasting impact on the students and community we serve by:
  • Making student success our #1 priority.
  • Designing courses that develop critical skill sets and expanding our student’s knowledge base for a life-time career.
  • Ensuring that the skills businesses need are the skills we teach.
  • Offering affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools.
  • Offering on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that provide more flexibility to fit your life-style.
  • Having the best career services team that has done the networking for you with numerous local employers and are here to help.


All of us at Rockford Career College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We are here to prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.

Financial Aid available to those who qualify.

Program length – 7 months

100% of the program is online


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