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.
Successful graduates can find job opportunities in the following occupational areas:
- Child Care Centers
- In-home Day Care Centers
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.
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. The T.E.A.C.H. application can also be downloaded from the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children.
Child Development Associate National Credential
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. For more information, please refer to the CDA Transition Guide.
ECE - 103 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (Fall)
ECE - 133 Child Health, Safety, and Nutrition (Spring)
ECE - 243 Early Childhood Guidance (Spring)
ECE - 221 Infant/Toddler Care and Education (Summer)
ECE - 159 Early Childhood Curriculum II (Fall)