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Early Childhood Education Diploma

The Early Childhood Education Diploma program is designed to provide an introduction to the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of children from birth through age 8. This program helps prepare students for a rewarding career nurturing the growth and development of young children. Students learn about child development, the child care field, and appropriate practices while working with children. In addition, this program addresses the competencies and functional areas necessary for students to begin the assessment and testing process for the Child Development Associate National Credential administered by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition.

Students can enter employment in an early childhood area upon completion of the program. Additionally, students have the option to continue their education and earn an associate and/or bachelor degree.

Career Opportunities

Successful graduates can find job opportunities in the following occupational areas:

    • Child Care Centers
    • Preschools
    • In-home Day Care Centers

Gainful Employment

Early Childhood Iowa

Upon successful completion of the Early Childhood Education curriculum (at least 30 semester hours) with an average grade point of 2.00 (C) or higher, the student is awarded a Diploma.

Costs

Tuition is based on the number of credit hours and legal residence and is subject to change or modification. To see the current cost per semester hour click here.

TEACH Scholarship

The T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Program is for anyone who is working in a regulated preschool, child care center or home program for at least 30 hours a week (or full time for the hours your preschool offers programming), have worked there with children birth to age 5 for at least 3 months, and are wanting an early childhood degree, credential, or endorsement. If this sounds like you, call 515-331-8000. There is also a T.E.A.C.H. application that you can download from http://www.iowaaeyc.org/programsresources.cfm

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Financial assistance is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment (work study). Students apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on Financial Aid click here.

First Year - First Term

ECE-103 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3 s.h.
ECE-159 Early Childhood Curriculum II
OR ECE-221 Infant/Toddler Care and Education*
3 s.h.
(3 s.h., Summer)
ECE-170 Child Growth and Development 3 s.h.
Electives 6 s.h.
15 s.h.
Second Term
ECE-133 Child Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3 s.h.
ECE-243 Early Childhood Guidance 3 s.h.
Electives 6 s.h.
12 s.h.
Third Term
ECE-131 Home and School Relationships in Early Childhood 3 s.h.
3 s.h.
Total Program Hours 30 s.h. minimum
Approved Electives
Must complete at least 12 s.h. from the following
BIO-123 Inquiry Into Life Science** 4 s.h.
EDU-216 Introduction to Teaching 3 s.h.
EDU-219 Field Experience and Seminar*** 1 s.h.
EDU-246 Including Diverse Learners** 3 s.h.
MAT-153 Math for Elementary Teachers I**** 4 s.h.
MAT-154 Math for Elementary Teachers II***** 4 s.h.
PSY-223 Child and Adolescent Psychology+ 3 s.h.
PSY-281 Educational Psychology 3 s.h.
SDV-210 Cooperative Education Internship++ 1-3 s.h.

The following courses address the competencies and functional areas necessary for students to begin the assessment and testing process for the Child Development Associate National Credential administered by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. See http://www.cdacouncil.org/storage/documents/TransitionGuide_1-3-13.pdf

Child Development Associate National Credential
ECE-103 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3 s.h. (Fall)
ECE-133 Child Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3 s.h. (Spring)
ECE-243 Early Childhood Guidance 3 s.h. (Spring)
ECE-221 Infant/Toddler Care & Education*
OR
3 s.h. (Summer)
ECE-159 Early Childhood Curriculum II 3 s.h. (Fall)

*ECE-221 Infant/Toddler Care & Education is offered only in the Summer and may be taken as an alternative to ECE-159 Early Childhood Curriculum II. This allows a choice between earning an Infant/Toddler Child Development Associate (CDA) or a preschool CDA when pursuing the Diploma option.
**Prerequisite: EDU-216 Introduction to Teaching.
***Corequisite: EDU-216 Introduction to Teaching.
****Prerequisite: MAT-092 Intermediate Algebra with a grade of C or higher, or an ACT Math score of at least 21, or a COMPASS Algebra Score of at least 56, or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score of at least 116, or Accuplacer College Math score of at least 45.
*****Prerequisite: MAT-153 Math for Elementary Teachers I with a grade of C or higher, or permission of instructor.

+Prerequisite: PSY-121 Developmental Psychology or PSY-223 Child and Adolescent Psychology. Education students MUST take PSY-223 Child and Adolescent Psychology.
++ All student who meet the admission standards set by the college and the following criteria are eligible to participate in the Cooperative Education Internship Program: (1) Students must have clearly stated set of career goals or a high interest in exploring a possible career related to the potential internship experience; (2) Students must have their proposed experience approved by the Office of Cooperative Education before they may begin; and (3) To register, students must be interviewed and approved by the Office of Cooperative Education.