Jan 18, 2021  
College Catalog & Student Handbook 2020-2021 
College Catalog & Student Handbook 2020-2021

Early Childhood Associate > More Info

Early Childhood Education, A.A.S.

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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.  For the sequence of online course offerings, see the Child Care Technician program.

State and National criminal background and child abuse record checks are required in Term I.

This program is accredited by the National Association for Education of Young Children, 1313 L. Street, NW., Washington, D.C. 20005.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Promote child development and learning.
  2. Build family and community relationships.
  3. Observe, document, and assess to support young children and families.
  4. Use developmentally effective approaches to learning.
  5. Use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum for young children.
  6. Become a professional in the early childhood field.
Program Total: 74 Credits

Total: 11 Credits

Total: 13.5 Credits

Total: 13.5 Credits

Total: 9 Credits

Term V

Total: 9 Credits

Total: 9 Credits

Term VII

Total: 9 Credits

Dual Major Option:

Students who wish to complete an Associate of Arts degree along with this program can do so by taking these additional courses.The Math elective should be MAT 110 or higher. For A.A. degree required course options, see General Education Course Requirements (A.A., A.S.)  

  • Math or Science Elective - Credits: 2.00
  • Social Science Elective - Credits: 3.00
  • Distributed Core Electives - Credits: 6.00
  • How to be Successful in College - Credit: 3.00

Students planning to enter a baccalaureate program in Early Childhood/Elementary Education should begin the process of selecting a school as freshmen. Each four-year institution has specific requirements that students need to be aware of early in the program. It may be to the student’s advantage to add the necessary credits to earn an Associate of Arts degree (see Dual Major Option above) in addition to the Early Childhood Associate of Applied Science degree.

The IHCC Early Childhood Associate degree has articulation agreements with Buena Vista University and Iowa Wesleyan College. Students should meet with the Early Childhood Program Director to learn about specific articulation arrangements. Courses for the degree at Buena Vista are offered as an evening program. Students planning to attend Buena Vista are encouraged to take the Praxis I as freshmen. They are also advised to enroll in the following additional courses during their second year:

  Term VI PSY 281 - Educational Psychology   3 credits
  Term VII POL 111 - American National Government   3 credits


* Refer to General Education Course Requirements (A.A.S.)  for approved courses.

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