Early Childhood Education

The decision to work with toddlers and preschool age children is one of the most important career decisions that one can make. An early childhood 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 environment for a group of toddlers or 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 as they grow and develop.

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. It is a one year diploma with the option of obtaining your Paraeducator certification within the program.

Early Childhood Education Careers

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  • Child Care Workers
  • Pre-School Teachers
  • Head Start Workers
  • Home Visitation Workers

Course Schedule

The coursework in Iowa Central’s Early Childhood Education Program is based primarily on eight major subject areas as stipulated by the Child Development Associate National Credentialing Program: (1) planning a safe, healthy learning environment; (2) steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development; (3) positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development; (4) strategies to establish productive relationships with families; (5) Strategies to manage an effective program operation; (6) maintaining a commitment to professionalism; (7) observing and recording children’s behavior, and (8) principles of child growth and development.

Diploma

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ECE-103 Intro to Early Childhood Education
3.0
ECE-133 Child, Health, Safety and Nutrition
3.0
ECE-158 Early Childhood Curriculum I
3.0
PSY-222 Child Psychology
3.0
HSV-162 Intro to Human Disability Services
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ECE-159 Early Childhood Curriculum II
3.0
ECE-221 Infant/Toddler Care and Education
3.0
ECE-243 Early Childhood Guidance
3.0
ECE-262 Early Childhood Field Experience
3.0
XXX-XXX General Education Requirement
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0

Additional Optional Courses

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
EDU-213 Intro to Education
3.0
EDU-920 Paraeducator Field Experience
3.0
 
Diploma Total Hours: 30.0

Staff

Jennifer Condon Dean, Liberal Arts 515-574-1190 condon@iowacentral.edu
Shawn Haake Coordinator/Instructor 515-574-1241 haake@iowacentral.edu
Joshua Howell Associate, Liberal Arts 515-574-1250 howell@iowacentral.edu