Sep 28, 2023  
2020-2021 College Catalog 
2020-2021 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood

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Campus Location: Calmar, Peosta

Program Entry: Enrollment may occur during any term. Fall term is the start of the program course sequence.

Award: Diploma

Description: The Early Childhood Education diploma program prepares students for careers working with children 0-8 years of age in a variety of educational settings. Students enrolled in the program receive education in the guidance and supervision of young children during indoor and outdoor activities, as well as the development and delivery of curriculum in dramatic play, art, music, literature, language, science, math, and health. They also develop an understanding of the principles of child development, safety procedures, assessment and evaluation, communication skills, and nutritional needs. Graduates are employed as early childhood professionals in child care centers, child development in-home provider settings, preschools, and public or private schools working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, or school-age children.

Enrollment Process: See Enrollment Process . Applicants to this program do not need to complete the ALEKS® math assessment.

Academic Requirements: To graduate from this program, students must complete all required coursework with a “C-” grade or above and earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average. Students not receiving a minimum of a “C-” grade in the prerequisite courses for  will not be allowed into Field Experience.

Program Requirements: Prior to the designated dates, students will be required to complete the following:

  • Background check (Iowa, FBI and abuse registry checks)
  • Iowa DHS Child Care Provider physical examination
  • Drug testing (students are required to be substance-free throughout the program)


  • First Aid and CPR that includes infant, child and adult CPR and may be taken through NICC Business and Community Solutions
  • Mandatory Reporter
  • Universal Precautions/Bloodborne Pathogens

In addition to meeting the above listed requirements, students must maintain these requirements throughout the program. Failure to remain compliant will result in denial or removal from field placement. Field placement is required for program completion.

Note: A positive report on the criminal dependent adult abuse, child abuse background screening or drug screen may prevent you from being accepted for Field Experience placement and completion of the program. All screening costs are the responsibility of the student.

Minimum Credits: 34

Course Sequence


1 This diploma program requires a minimum of 6 credits of general education electives (excluding Developmental courses) from Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science). Three of these hours can include SDV 179 - The College Experience  . If The College Experience course is waived or transfers in for less than three credits, an additional general education elective is required.

Sample Course Schedule

2019-2020 Calmar

2019-2020 Peosta

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