Early Childhood Education

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    Forms for ECE Credentials
    Information about options for jobs
    Information about transfer opportunities to Universities

    Gateways to Opportunity Scholarship Program

    The Gateways to Opportunity Scholarship Program is an individual-based scholarship opportunity for eligible practitioners working in Early Care and Education (ECE) or school-age care programs. The Program will pay a percentage of tuition and fees dependent upon availability of funding. Goals of the program include:

    • Enabling practitioners to continue education in ECE and to earn degrees, certificates, endorsements, or credentials
    • Promoting increased earning ability through increased education
    • Improving the quality and consistency of care received by children in licensed child care or school-age care settings

    Are you eligible? Find out by visiting the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity website.

    Career-Advancing Degrees in Early Childhood

    Morton College is partnering with National Louis University. Choose from:

    Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Practice

    • Work in child care settings that do not require state licensure
    • Obtain up to three statewide recognized Gateways to Opportunity credentials:
      • ECE Level 5
      • Infant Toddler Care Level 5
      • Family Child Care Level 5
      • Illinois Director Credential Level II
    Teaching Degrees in Early Childhood Ed (ECE)
    • Teach children from birth to grade three with one of our teaching programs
    • Bachelor’s in ECE
    • Graduates will earn a Professional Educator License (PEL) endorsed for early childhood and self-contained general education

    For more information, download an informational flyer.

    Current Programs

    Early Childhood Nature Assistant

    This curriculum is designed to provide basic knowledge regarding child growth and development and nature-based developmentally appropriate programming for those working with children in zoos, park districts and museums.

    For more information, including course offerings, download the informational flyer (PDF).

    Morton College Externship in Early Childhood Education 

    In partnership with Morton College, the Chicago Zoological Society offers a limited number of externships in Early Childhood Education at the Hamill Family Play Zoo for students currently enrolled in ECE-260 Early Childhood Education Internship.

    Position Description

    Interested Early Childhood Education students should download a PDF of position requirements and responsibilities.


    Students must:

    • Be referred to CZS by instructor of ECE-260 
    • Hold a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 
    • If offered the position, provide proof of current tetanus immunization (within 10 years), at extern's cost 
    • If offered position, submit to a complete background check 

    Application Details

    Interested students must complete a full CELO application packet, which includes the online application, resumé, cover letter, two letters of recommendation from professional references and an unoffical transcript.

    Applications may be sent to:

    Fax:    (708) 688-7304
    E-mail: interns@czs.org (PDF attachments preferred)
    Mail:   Conservation Leadership Program Supervisor, 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL 60513

    Past Events

    Bridging the Gap

    The Bridging the Gap 2013 was a huge success with much food and great ideas for Math and teaching shared. For more ideas on presenting Math in classrooms, teachers can visit the following websites:

    Erikson Early Math Project
    Illinois Early Learning website Math ideas

  • Degrees and Career Certificates

    For more information on courses, requirements, the Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education Degree and Early Childhood Education Career Certificates, visit the Career Programs page.

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    Gainful Employment Information

    Morton College provides students with cost, completion and employment information for students in certificate programs.

    Download gainful employment information (PDF) for the following certificate programs:

    Early Childhood Education (ECC)
    Early Childhood Assistant (ECS)