Early Childhood Education

The decision to work with preschool age children is one of the most important career decisions that one can make.  A preschool teacher or caregiver is a special person in children’s lives as they master new skills, develop friendships, grow in independence, and move to new levels of thinking and understanding about themselves and the world.  It is an exciting and challenging responsibility to set up a supportive learning environment for a group of preschoolers, develop a relationship with each one, and meet their needs as individuals and as a group.  Children’s learning experiences during this period in their lives can increase their self-confidence and readiness for elementary school.

Iowa Central’s Early Childhood Education program is designed for students planning to work with children in a preschool, infant/toddler, family, day care, or home visitor setting.  Many early childhood education positions require a Child Development Associate (CDA) license, issued by the Child Development Associate National Credentialing (CDANC) Association. The purpose of this national certification program is to enhance the quality of child care by defining, evaluating, and recognizing the competence of child care providers and home visitors.

Early Childhood Education Careers

  • AEA Staff Member
  • Child Care Workers
  • Counselors
  • Educational Administrators
  • Extension Agents
  • Head Start Workers
  • Home Visitation Workers
  • Kindergarten Teachers
  • Pre-School Teachers

Course Schedule

A.A. Degree

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
EDU-213 Intro to Education
3.0
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
3.0
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
SDV-108 The College Experience
1.0
SOC-110 Intro to Sociology
3.0
PEH-141 First Aid
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-106 Composition II
3.0
POL-111 American National Government
3.0
OR
POL-112 American State & Local Government
EDU-255 Technology in the Classroom
3.0
MAT-111 Math for Liberal Arts
4.0
GEO-121 World Regional Geography
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
PSY-121 Developmental Psychology
3.0
EDU-235 Children's Literature
3.0
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
3.0
BIO-102 Intro to Biology
3.0
BIO-103 Intro to Biology Lab
1.0
SOC-140 Human Behaviors in the Social Environment
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
PSY-281 Educational Psychology
3.0
REL-105 Intro to Religion
3.0
MAT-117 Math for Elementary Teachers
3.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX History Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0
 
A.A. Degree Total Hours: 60.0

Staff

Jennifer Condon Dean, Liberal Arts 515-574-1190 condon@iowacentral.edu
Tracy Crippin-Haake Associate, Liberal Arts 515-574-1192 crippin@iowacentral.edu
Jenny Shivers Associate, Liberal Arts 515-574-1252 shivers@iowacentral.edu