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Early Childhood Education

Students will learn foundational skills in the early childhood education (ECE) field to prepare them for careers in a variety of ECE settings. The ECE certificate will require the completion of 13 credits, which may be completed in one academic year. All coursework will be delivered in an online format. The proposed certificate meets the requirements for clock hours of formal child care education required for the CDA® credential. Students must still complete additional requirements and apply to the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition to earn the CDA® credential.

The Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children (Iowa AEYC) is a good resource for individuals entering this field: 

Awards Available

  • Early Childhood: Certificate
  • Early Childhood (teacher licensure) Transfer Major: Associate of Arts degree

Potential Careers

  • 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

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  • ECE 103 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • ECE 133 Child Health, Safety, and Nutrition
  • ECE 243 Early Childhood Guidance
  • ECE 106 Child Development Associate Standards
  • ECE 221 Infant/Toddler Care Education
  • ECE 158 Early Childhood Curriculum I
  • ECE 159 Early Childhood Curriculum II

Click on the course number in the list above to view the course description. This may not be a complete list of courses that may be included for the Welding Technology program. To see all courses in a semester-by-semester plan, view the Early Childhood Education program course outline.

Download the program outline

Degree requirement advising sheet


CDA/professional certification questions - Kristie Nixon, ECE program director

Advising/course registration questions: Deb Pantini, director of student development

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