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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

Real Education Experience, Real Life.

That’s what you can expect when enrolling in the Early Childhood Education program at Iowa Lakes. The first eight years of life are extremely important in the mental, social and physical development of a child. That’s why early childhood educators need to be well trained, experienced and able to deliver the best quality of care when providing for young people.

Through field experiences in the early childhood setting and a wide variety of coursework options, you’ll become confident and competent in your ability to be an early childhood educator. Learn a valuable skill set you can take anywhere through our dual-track Early Childhood Education program. With this education and training, you can pursue a variety of childcare options such as becoming a teaching assistant, education administer, daycare provider or nanny.

Acquire training in: 

  • Child Growth and Development
  • Child Health
  • Safety and Nutrition
  • Infant/Toddler Care and Development
  • Early Childhood Administration

Early Childhood Education A.A.S. and Diploma Program Outcomes

  1. PLO #1 Identify appropriate milestones of child development
  2. PLO #2 Create developmentally appropriate learning environments
  3. PLO #3 Demonstrate supportive, respectful, reciprocal relationships using knowledge of family systems, culture, and community
  4. PLO #4 Design responsible assessment to promote positive outcomes to support young children and their families
  5. PLO #5 Apply effective strategies and learning approaches for early education
  6. PLO #6 Design plans to implement developmentally appropriate learning opportunities that promote development within all learning domains
  7. PLO #7 Apply an ethical understanding of the early childhood profession 
  8. PLO #8 Advocate on behalf of young children and their families

NOTE: Due to required national standards from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and our Iowa Community Colleges Early Childhood Education Alliance, the program outcomes for the Diploma and AAS are the same. The level of complexity for each outcome varies within each degree.

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