Offered at Main Campus and Online
The Early Childhood Associate program is a 21-month (seven-term) program that prepares graduates to be associate/head teachers initiating educational activities in early childhood facilities such as preschools, Headstart, full-day programs and public school systems. Employment opportunities also include becoming an entrepreneur or a nanny. Upon completion of the first three terms, a student is awarded the Child Care Technician diploma. Students may then enter the workforce or take the final four terms of the Early Childhood Associate program to earn their Associate of Applied Science degree. To apply for the Early Childhood Associate program, complete an IHCC application and submit high school transcripts or High School Equivalency Diploma scores and take one of the following: ACT, SAT or ACCUPLACER test. Testing may be scheduled by calling the IHCC Testing Center at (641) 683-5142 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5142. This program may be entered at the beginning of the Fall or Winter terms. Winter term applicants must enroll in entry-level courses in an online format.
State and National criminal background, drug screening, and dependent adult and child abuse record checks are required prior to beginning the program.
This program is accredited by the National Association for Education of Young Children, 1313 L. Street, NW., Washington, D.C. 20005.