Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Education program prepares students for a rewarding career nurturing the growth and development of children. Students are provided basic knowledge about the childcare and education field, child development from birth through adolescence, and appropriate practices in working with children.
Students gain hands-on experience by participating in opportunities in a variety of local early childhood programs including head start centers, preschool programs, and child care centers such as the Hawkeye Child Development Center.
Students must pass the Department of Human Services criminal history record check and a national FBI fingerprint check before being placed in field experience courses.
Early Childhood professionals must exhibit the following skills, knowledge, and abilities:
ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
ability to "think on your feet" and make quick decisions
ability to provide positive guidance to young children
ability to establish professional relationships with parents, co-workers, and community members
demonstrate responsibility and dependability
plan and implement age appropriate activities for young children
provide nurturing care for young children
supervise young children in play and daily routines
Complete the Early Childhood Education program at night! Eight week hybrid courses (partially face-to-face, partially online) are offered 6:00-7:15pm and 7:30-8:45pm Tuesdays and Thursdays. This evening sequence of study coincide with the four-year evening program at Upper Iowa University to ease your transition in completing your degree.
The Hawkeye Child Development Center will be open on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
The Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science degree has an articulation agreement with the Prekindergarten-3 Grade Bachelor of Arts degree at Upper Iowa University.
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