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2023-2024 General Catalog 
2023-2024 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Education - Early Childhood Diploma

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).

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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


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 bases of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identify, 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 the Vice President of Human Resources, Iowa Central Community College, One Triton Circle, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501; Telephone: 515-574-1138, Email: concerns@iowacentral.edu, 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: (312) 730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.