Students enrolled in this program will gain a basic understanding of child development, guidance principles, child health, safety and nutrition, and curriculum planning for children ages birth to eight years. Courses emphasize current research addressing developmentally appropriate practice, as well as issues related to diversity, family relationships, and children with special needs.
After completing the associate degree, students can enter the workforce or transfer to four-year colleges. Graduates are qualified to work with infants and toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children in public and private childcare centers or childcare homes. Graduates meet the NAEYC, QPPS, Shared Visions, and Iowa State Voluntary requirements for teaching assistants in Iowa preschool classrooms.
The Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children (Iowa AEYC) is a good resource for individuals entering this field:
- Online pathways to early childhood
- Early childhood education framework for administration roles
- Early childhood education framework for teaching roles
- Careers in early childhood
- Teacher of young children in childcare centers and private preschool programs
- Assistant teacher in Head Start, Shared Visions, and state-wide voluntary preschool programs
- Provider of home-based services such as a family childcare provider or home visitor
- Director of a center-based childcare program
Program Contact: Kristie Nixon, Early Childhood Ed / PAT Director