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

Early Childhood Education, AS

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The Early Childhood Education-Associate program is designed to extend and expand on those skills developed in the Early Childhood Education diploma program and to broaden the student’s background in general education. Required coursework includes participation in the DMACC 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. Further competence in early childhood education is developed through coursework in building relationships between home, program and community, administration of programs for children and a community-based internship.

Students completing the Early Childhood Education-Associate in Science degree may take one of the many jobs available in early childhood education, including lead, assistant or associate teaching in child care centers, preschools, child development homes and public and private schools, working with infants and toddlers, preschoolers or school-age children, as well as administrative positions in early childhood programs. Students who intend to teach in a Pre-K through third-grade setting will need to transfer to a teacher licensure institution and should contact the Early Childhood Education program chair or program counselor regarding transfer agreements with four-year institutions.

Current health and immunization records are required for each student. In addition, DHS criminal history record checks and fingerprinting are required. Criminal convictions or documented history of abuse will prevent students from participating in lab and field experiences and internship. 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 go.dmacc.edu/programs/earlychildhood/asdegree.

Location: Ankeny

Selected courses in this program are offered at other campuses.

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.
  4. Proficiency in English with one of the following:
    1. ACT score on the English subtest of 14 or above
    2. A minimum COMPASS writing score of 38
    3. Completion of ENG 060 - College Preparatory Writing I  with a grade of “B” or higher
  5. Proficiency in reading with one of the following:
    1. ACT score on the reading subtest of 14 or above
    2. A minimum COMPASS reading score of 61
    3. Completion of RDG 038 - College Preparatory Reading I  with a grade of “B” or higher

Students start Fall or Spring semester.

Graduation Requirements

To earn an Early Childhood Education AS degree, a student must complete the standard core requirements for the degree plus the Early Childhood Education program required courses and options and maintain a 2.50 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 2 - 16 Credits

Semester 4 - 17 Credits


To complete this program, you must meet the Diversity Requirement with a grade of “C” or higher. See the AA /AS  section of this catalog for more information about which courses can count toward this requirement.

Total Credits Required to Complete This AS Degree - 66

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