Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

Does the spark of curiosity in a young child’s eye ignite your passion? Help the next generation of children achieve their fullest potential with an Early Childhood Education associate degree from Gateway. Prepare to teach, care and advocate for infants, toddlers and young children using the latest findings in child mental and physical development, teaching methods, family interaction strategies and public policy.

  • Build an interview-ready portfolio to show prospective employers the skills you’ve mastered through rigorous coursework, hands-on classroom training and student teaching experience.
  • Learn from expert faculty with advanced degrees and proven experience working in classroom, management and administrative roles for preschools, public school districts and head start programs.
  • Flexible course scheduling, including face-to-face, blended and online classes, allows you to organize your classes around your busy schedule while you prepare for Early Childhood Education certification.
  • Individualize your studies by earning an Early Childhood Professional Credential in Preschool, Infant and Toddler teaching and Early Childhood Program Administration.
  • Build a stable career with affordable classes to prepare for a position as a teacher, assistant teacher or care provider for children, infants or toddlers with or without special needs in day cares, nursery schools and Head Start programs or in families’ homes.
Program Credits



Online, Racine Campus

Financial Aid Eligible


Estimated Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $9,872
Books & Supplies: $4,518

Start Dates

Spring, Fall

Salary Outlook


Career Opportunities: Child Care Teacher, Head Start Teacher, Public School Paraprofessional, Exceptional Educational Paraprofessional, Early Childhood Education Director

Early Childhood Education Career Pathway

Career Pathways are designed to help you reach your educational goals and explore college and career options. Pathways are made up of related certificates, diplomas and degrees that build on common skills and knowledge. You can begin at any point on the Career Pathway and customize your pathway to fit your goals. View the pathway for your area of interest.