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Early Childhood Education Academy

The Early Childhood Education Academy gives you the chance to take general education classes toward your degree in early childhood education and earn college credit before you graduate from high school! You can take courses in education, child health, safety and nutrition, growth and development, and infant and toddler care.

Career Opportunities

Your career opportunities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Childcare workers
  • Preschool teachers in head start & private preschools
  • Teacher assistants

Starting wages for these careers range from $17,000–$19,400* per year.
*Source: 2016 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Program Costs

  • Your school district pays for your courses and provides the textbooks.
  • You are responsible for transportation costs to the course locations.
  • You are responsible for any supplies, field trips, and activities in and out of the classroom.

Who can participate?

  • Any 9th–12th grade student who meets the requirements.
  • Students who are able to travel to the course locations.

What can you do after you graduate from high school?

As a part of the Early Childhood Education Academy, you may receive up to 24 credits (approximately a $4,000 value) toward your college degree!

You can continue your education at Hawkeye in the Early Childhood Education program.

Where are courses located?

Early Childhood Education Academy courses are located at your high school and the Western Outreach Center.

Course locations may vary; contact your guidance counselor for availability.

Early Childhood Education Academy Courses

◆ General education course
► Course has a prerequisite and/or corequisite.

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Semester 1—Fall (11th grade)
ECE-103 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC-110 Introduction to Sociology 3
Total Credits 9

Semester 2—Spring (11th grade)
ECE-133 Child Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3
ENG-105 Composition I 3
Total Credits 6

Semester 3—Fall (12th grade)
ECE-158 Early Childhood Curriculum I 3
Total Credits 3

Semester 4—Spring (12th grade)
ECE-243 Early Childhood Guidance 3
HIS-117 Western Civilization I: Ancient and Medieval 3
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3
Total Credits 9

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