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  Oct 21, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Course Catalog

Early Childhood Education


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The Early Childhood Education certificate prepares the student for an entry-level position in a child care program. This certificate meets the requirements for clock hours of formal child care education required for the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. Upon completion of the certificate, the successful student will be able to practice appropriate guidance techniques, recognize and carry out appropriate activities and assessment for young children, maintain a healthy and safe setting, and be able to communicate effectively with children and families.

Essential skills needed to successfully complete the required lab courses include the ability to maintain awareness of active children in a group setting, to demonstrate stamina while engaging in multiple tasks and activities with children, to respond quickly and appropriately to children’s changing needs and to keep children safe. In addition, DHS criminal history record checks and fingerprinting will be required. Criminal convictions or documented history of abuse may prevent students from participating in the required lab experience. Students unable to complete these classes will not receive a certificate in Early Childhood Education.

Courses in the certificate program are also required for the Early Childhood Education diploma  and AAS degree  . Students who successfully complete the certificate may choose to apply these courses to either a diploma or Associate degree in Early Childhood Education.

For more information about the Early Childhood Education certificate, please visit our website at www.dmacc.edu/programs/earlychildhood/certificate.

Program Details


Locations: Ankeny, Newton, Urban, Online


Students may start any semester.


Program Entry Requirements


  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.

Graduation Requirements


To earn an Early Childhood Education certificate, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average, and receive a grade of C or above inECE 243  and ECE 343  .

Option 1 Courses - Select 1 Course


Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 13


These credits are applicable to the diploma in Early Childhood Education  , as well as the AAS degree in Early Childhood Education  .

Fixed Costs


Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$151.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs


Costs Semester 1
Books (approximate) 650
Supplies/equipment   55
Program Fees 100

Approximate total for program: $2,768**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?


  • Support children during their daily routines and activities.
  • Supervise children’s safety.
  • Assist lead teachers with planning, setup and assessment.
  • Communicate with children and their families.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?


  • Demonstrate responsibility, dependability and punctuality.
  • Be physically able to perform required care of children.
  • Make quick decisions and stay calm.
  • Implement activities in a way that matches how children learn.
  • Demonstrate skill in guiding children.
  • Establish relationships with children and their families.
  • Work cooperatively with other staff members.
  • Maintain emotional stability and psychological health to work with children, families, clients, colleagues and college personnel.
  • Demonstrate professional dispositions such as honesty, integrity, caring and empathy.
  • Use good written and oral communication skills.
  • Practice professional behavior, ethical conduct and confidentiality.

What Else Should I Consider about this Specialist Certificate?


  • Students will complete ECE 343 Guidance Lab in the Child Development Center on the Ankeny Campus or in one of our community partner settings.
  • Classes meet during daytime, late afternoon and evening hours. All courses are available online. All classes are available at the Urban Campus.
  • Students who complete labs at community partner sites will need transportation.
  • Students seeking a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential must apply to the Council for Professional Recognition and meet additional requirements to complete the CDA credentialing process.
  • Expected starting salary: $17,100 annually ($8.23 per hour) (Iowa Workforce Development).

Nondiscrimination Statement


DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:

Agriculture, National & Environmental Services /Architecture, Engineering, and Construction/Arts, Design, and Visual communications/Business, Management, and Marketing/Education, Public, and Human Services/Health Science/Hospitality and Culinary/Information Technology/Manufacturing/Transportation & Logistics

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, hiring practices or the provision of services, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age (in employment), disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status of a person. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6857, sgbittner@dmacc.edu.  Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6574, dkmckittrick@dmacc.edu.  Question or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone 312/730-1560, tax 312/730-1576..

Legal references: Iowa Code §§ 216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S. C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S. C. §§ 1681-1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S. C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).(2017)

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