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Early Childhood Education


Core Courses

  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Curriculum I and II
  • Child Growth and Development
  • Infant/Toddler Care and Education
  • Child Health, Safety, and Nutrition
  • Early Childhood Guidance
  • School Age Care
  • Current Topics and Issues in Child Care
  • Career Strategies for Early Childhood 
  • Early Childhood Professional Portfolio
  • Home, School, and Community Relations
  • Early Childhood Program Administration
  • Advanced Curriculum Planning
  • Field Experiences* and Seminars I and II

* You must pass the Department of Human Services criminal history record check and a national FBI fingerprint check before participating in lab and field experience courses. If you do not pass, you will not be able to complete the coursework and will not graduate from the Early Childhood Education program.

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 61
Program Start: Fall, Spring

View Suggested Sequence of Study & Course Cost



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 $17,300 $20,500 $22,100
Preschool Teachers in Head Start or Private Preschools $17,800 $25,900 $29,900
Teacher Assistants $18,200 $24,400 $27,600

Source: 2018 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 Centers 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

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
16 Reading 58 Reading 69 Reading 239 Reading
16 English 64 Sentence Skills 41 Writing 240 Writing
14 Math 40 Arithmetic 24 Pre-Algebra 240 Arithmetic
241 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics

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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Contact Us

Admissions Email us 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Academic/College Success Advisor Lisa Wright Email us 319-296-2329 ext.1068 Black Hawk Hall 201
Program Advisor Jane Even Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1431 Black Hawk Hall 236
Program Advisor Emily Knutson Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1558 Black Hawk Hall 236
Administrative Assistant Kate Childers Email me 319-296-4007 Black Hawk Hall 258
Dean Catharine Freeman Email me 319-296-4041 Black Hawk Hall 258
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