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2022-2023 General Catalog 
2022-2023 General Catalog


Education - Early Childhood Diploma

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An early childhood caregiver is knowledgeable in the growth and development of infants and toddlers, as well as young children, allowing opportunities and experiences for infants and young children that will allow for them to navigate the world around them and move to new levels of thinking and understanding about themselves. This program provides students to learn and apply the challenging responsibility to set up a supportive environment for a group of toddlers or preschoolers, develop a relationship with each one, and meet their needs as individuals and as a group is a core understanding in early childhood. Children’s learning experiences during this period in their lives allow for successful outcomes later in life.

Iowa Central’s Early Childhood Education program is designed for students planning to work with children in a preschool, infant/toddler, family, day care, or home visitor setting. It is a one-year diploma with the option of obtaining Paraeducator certification with two additional courses (see Notes).

Enrollment Date: Fall and/or Spring Semester
Minimum Required Credits: 30
Campus: Fort Dodge, Storm Lake, and Webster City
Department: Social Sciences
CIP#: 19.0709100

Program Outcomes:

  1. Child Development and Learning in Context
  2. Family-Teacher Partnerships and Community Connections
  3. Child Observation, Documentation, and Assessment
  4. Developmentally, Culturally, and Linguistically Appropriate Teaching Practices
  5. Knowledge, Application, and Integration of Academic Content in the Early Childhood Curriculum
  6. Professionalism as an Early Childhood Educator

Program of Study


Students who also take EDU 213 , and EDU 920  are eligible to apply to Iowa Board of Educational Examiners for the General Paraeducation Certificate. Please check for the most current application.

Footnotes for Degree Requirements:

1 Required general education course.

2 Required elective course.

3 Institutional requirement.

4 May be substituted with a course from the same category on the General Education Course List  .

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of Iowa Central Community College not to discriminate in its programs, activities, or employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, and actual or potential family, parental, or marital status.

If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy, please contact Stacy Ihrig, Executive Director of Human Resources, One Triton Circle, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 50501, Telephone: (515)-574-1138, Email:, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560, Facsimile: (313) 730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email:

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