The Early Childhood Education program prepares you for a rewarding career nurturing the growth and development of young children in a variety of settings. You will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to work with infants through preschool-aged children, including:
- Classroom management
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Child growth and development
- Curriculum planning and assessment
- Effective communication with children, families, and other educators
- Health, safety, and nutrition
- Infant and toddler care
- Positive emotional and behavioral guidance techniques
- Program administration
- State regulations
Essential skills needed to successfully complete the required coursework, include:
- Ability to plan and implement imaginative and creative activities for children
- Demonstrate responsibility and dependability in field placements
- Decision making skills
- Work cooperatively with peers and field placement staff
- Good written and oral communication skills
- Organizational planning
Hands-On Learning Opportunities
Field Experiences: You will gain more than 240 hours of real-world work experience in the Hawkeye's NAEYC accredited Child Development Center and local Head Start, preschool, and early childhood programs. Field experience must be completed during the day.
Teaching Portfolio: You will develop a portfolio of teaching strategies and tools to get you started in your new career. Prepare lesson plans, activity packets, teaching aides, and more.
- Classroom Technology: Experience the technology of the modern day classroom, including Owlets in infant classrooms, electronic assessment practices, and interactive technology on whiteboards, iPads, and laptops.
Certifications and Licensure
You may receive the following certifications: First Aid, CPR, Blood Borne Pathogens and Universal Precautions, and Mandatory Reporter.
Hawkeye has not made a determination as to whether the program curriculum meets all other state’s educational requirements for licensure or certification. If you wish to work outside the state of Iowa, please contact the state agency in which you hope to work for details about licensure or certification.
An articulation agreement with Upper Iowa University allows students to transfer their Early Childhood Education coursework to the Birth – Grade 3: Inclusive Settings major.
An articulation agreement with Northwestern College allows students to pursue an Early Childhood Education Teaching degree or a non-licensure Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. Northwestern College's program is 100% online.
If you plan to transfer, work closely with a program advisor to ensure courses transfer and you meet program requirements.