Early Childhood Education

Education, Human and Public Services

The Early Childhood Education certificate is comprised of four courses and can be completed in one or two semesters. It is intended to provide the latest information and skills needed 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. Additional requirements that meet the work hours required for the CDA credential can be obtained in the Early Childhood diploma program. Upon completion of the certificate program, the successful student will be prepared 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 for a career in the field of early childhood education include the ability to maintain awareness of active children in a group setting, to engage in multiple tasks and activities with children, to respond quickly and appropriately to children's changing needs and to keep children safe.

Award: Certificate
Credits: 12
Locations: Calmar, Peosta
Entry: Fall

Paying for the Program

Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $2,664*
Program Supplies: $94

Financial Aid Info

Career Outlook

$16,717 - 43,462

Estimated annual salary range for Education, Human and Public Services graduates based on EMSI. Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations ​within a 100-mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta Campuses.

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  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. ACCUPLACER® scores are valid for three years, and ALEKS® scores are valid for 18 months.
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2019-2020 Early Childhood Certificate (Calmar) Class Schedule

2019-2020 Early Childhood Certificate (Peosta) Class Schedule


ECE:103 Intro to Early Childhood Education 3.0
ECE:133 Child Health, Nutrition, and Safety 3.0
ECE:158 *Early Childhood Curriculum I (option 1) 3.0
ECE:243 Early Childhood Guidance 3.0


ECE:221 *Infant/Toddler Care and Education (option 1) 3.0

To earn a certificate, students must complete all required coursework with a "C-" grade or above and earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average.

*Only one option 1 course required

Julie Griep

Julie Griep
Early Childhood Instructor

  • Email: griepj@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 800.728.7367, ext. 309
  • Location: Peosta