Academic Programs

Early Childhood Education Emphasis

Associate of Arts Degree
Program Description
Cherokee, Denison & Sioux City

The purpose of the Education - Early Childhood Associate of Arts degree program is to prepare graduates in the field of early childhood education and to broaden the students’ background in general education. The early childhood aspect of the program emphasizes creating developmentally appropriate plans across developmental domains/guidance techniques, and beginning observation skills.

Students completing this program may choose to transfer to a four-year institution or to seek employment with many entities providing early childhood education services. This program may be taken part time or full time. All classes are available online; however, courses with a lab, field experience or practicum component will require the student to attend an early childhood site on a weekly basis.

All students should be aware that the requirements of transfer institutions vary and that the standards of the Iowa Department of Education specify differing preparations for elementary and secondary school teachers. Therefore students are strongly advised to contact the college to which they plan to transfer and to work with the advisors to plan a program to best meet those requirements.

Job opportunities for graduates of this program may include lead teacher or assistant teacher at a child care center, assistant teacher in voluntary 4-year-old preschool, or in-home provider. Additionally, students who complete the required bachelor’s degree after transfer may gain employment as the lead teacher in voluntary 4-year-old preschool. For successful completion of this program, students will be required to complete field experience hours outside of regular class time and to complete criminal and abuse background checks as well as to meet training and health requirements. Additionally, students will need to provide proof of high school graduation of GED before completion of the Early Childhood Lab course.

Required Classes

SDV 108 The College Experience.............................................. 1
ECE 103 Introduction to Early Childhood Education................. 3
ECE 158 Early Childhood Curriculum I...................................... 3
ECE 170 Child Growth and Development................................. 3
ENG 105 Composition I............................................................. 3
ART 101 Art Appreciation.......................................................... 3
ECE 133 Child Health, Safety and Nutrition.............................. 3
ECE 159 Early Childhood Curriculum II..................................... 3
ECE 241 Early Childhood Lab................................................... 2
ECE 221 Infant/Toddler Care and Education............................. 3
ECE 243 Early Childhood Guidance.......................................... 3
ENG 106 Composition II............................................................. 3
SPC 112 Public Speaking.......................................................... 3
SOC 212 Diversity...................................................................... 3
PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology......................................... 3
MAT 111 Math for Liberal Arts OR
MAT 121 College Algebra.......................................................... 4
BIO 105 Introductory Biology................................................... 4
PHS 120 Exploring Physical Science......................................... 4
HIS 110 Western Civilization: Ancient to Early Modern............ 3
REL 101 Survey of World Religions........................................... 3
LIT 101 Introduction to Literature............................................ 3
GEO 121 World Regional Geography......................................... 3

Program Total............................................................ 66

Contacts

Jennifer Weber, MAEd Ext. 1389 Room L323 jennifer.weber@witcc.edu
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