Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education program prepares students for a rewarding career nurturing the growth and development of children. Students are provided basic knowledge about the childcare and education field, child development from birth through adolescence, and appropriate practices in working with children.

Students gain hands-on experience by participating in opportunities in a variety of local early childhood programs including head start centers, preschool programs, and child care centers such as the Hawkeye Child Development Center.

Students must pass the Department of Human Services criminal history record check and a national FBI fingerprint check before being placed in field experience courses.

Personal Characteristics

Early Childhood professionals must exhibit the following skills, knowledge, and abilities:

  • ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

  • ability to "think on your feet" and make quick decisions

  • ability to provide positive guidance to young children

  • ability to establish professional relationships with parents, co-workers, and community members

  • demonstrate responsibility and dependability

  • plan and implement age appropriate activities for young children

  • provide nurturing care for young children

  • supervise young children in play and daily routines

Evening Program

Complete the Early Childhood Education program in the evening! Eight week hybrid courses (partially face-to-face, partially online) are offered 6:00-7:15pm and 7:30-8:45pm Tuesdays and Thursdays. This evening sequence of study coincide with the four-year evening program at Upper Iowa University to ease your transition in completing your degree.

The Hawkeye Child Development Center will be open on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Transfer Information

The Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science degree has an articulation agreement with the Prekindergarten-3 Grade Bachelor of Arts degree at Upper Iowa University.

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Deb Hacker
Black Hawk Hall 258
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Jane Huebner
Black Hawk Hall 238
319-296-2329 ext.1431
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Tami McCoy
Black Hawk Hall 238
319-296-2329 ext.1298
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Catharine Freeman
Black Hawk Hall 258B
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