Early Childhood Education



Graduates of the two-year program work as lead, assistant, or associate teachers in child care centers, private preschools, child development homes, and private and public schools. With additional experience and credentials, graduates may become a paraeducator a public school or the director of a child care center. 

Diploma graduates work as child care workers, teacher assistants, and early childhood professionals in child care centers, private preschools, child development homes, and private and public schools. Many graduates provide in-home child care and nanny services.

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Childcare Workers $17,000 $18,900 $19,900
Teacher Assistants $17,500 $23,400 $26,300
Preschool Teachers in Head Start or Private Preschools $19,400 $27,100 $30,900

Source: 2016 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development


The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

Business Location
Community United Child Care Centers Waterloo, IA
Cedar Falls, IA
Discoveries Learning Center Denver, IA
Hawkeye Child Development Center Waterloo, IA
Tri-County Child & Family Development Council, Inc. Waterloo, IA
Trinity Preschool and Child Care Waterloo, IA
Waterloo Community School District Waterloo, IA
Waverly Child Care and Preschool Waverly, IA

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Admissions Requirements

Step #1: Apply at Hawkeye

  1. Complete Hawkeye's online admissions application to apply and be considered for the Early Childhood Education program.

  2. Request to have your transcripts sent to the Admissions office.

Step #2: Basic Skill Competencies

In order to be eligible for the Early Childhood Education program, all students must meet minimum score requirements and/or successfully complete the required college success courses in English, reading, and math with a "C" grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college. For appropriate college success course placement, work with your program advisor.

Minimum score requirements
Math 14 40 Arithmetic 24 Pre-Algebra 38 Numerical
English/Writing 16 64 Sentence Skills 41 35
Reading 16 58 69 34

Step #3: Program Acceptance

Applicants meeting the Basic Skill Competencies Requirements criteria are eligible for acceptance.

Applicants not meeting the Basic Skill Competencies Requirements criteria will be accepted to a Pre-Program. As a pre-program student, you will begin with general education and prerequisite classes. An advisor will help you create an academic plan to meet your program admission requirements. Once you have completed your pre-program coursework contact Admissions.

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