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2013-2014 Course Catalog 
2013-2014 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education Diploma

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The Early Childhood Education program prepares students for careers working with young children in a variety of settings. Students who successfully complete the program requirements are competent to assume a position of responsibility in early childhood education.

Coursework introduces students to the early childhood field and includes child growth and development, guidance techniques, curriculum planning and assessment, infant and toddler care, and health, safety and nutrition in the context of families and communities.

Required coursework includes participation in the Des Moines Area Community College Child Development Center. 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.

When coursework is completed, students will assume positions as assistant teachers or caregivers in a variety of settings such as child care centers, preschools, child development homes and public and private schools, working with infants and toddlers, preschoolers or school-age children. Coursework from the Early Childhood certificate of specialization transfers into the ECE diploma; coursework from the diploma may be applied to the ECE Associate degree.

Current health and immunization records are required for each student. In addition, DHS criminal history record checks and fingerprinting will be required. Criminal convictions or documented history of abuse will prevent students from participating in lab and field experiences. Students unable to complete these classes will not receive a degree in Early Childhood Education.

Students who possess the following personal characteristics are generally successful in the Early Childhood program:

  1. Effective written and verbal communication skills
  2. Physical stamina
  3. Ability to make quick decisions
  4. Ability to establish positive relationships with diverse people
  5. Responsibility and dependability

For more information about the Early Childhood Education program, please visit our website at

Location: Ankeny

Selected courses in this program are offered at other campuses and online.

Program Entry Requirements

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

Students start Fall or Spring semester.

Graduation Requirements

To earn an Early Childhood Education diploma, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Recommended Course of Study

A recommended course of study, listed below, has been created to ensure that each student completes the program in the minimal amount of time required. However, the course of study can be tailored to meet the specific needs of each student.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Total Credits Required to Complete this Diploma - 36


* Core courses chosen from the AAS degree list may not be accepted for the Early Childhood Education AS degree, if students choose to go beyond the diploma to earn the AS degree.

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