Early Childhood


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.

Award: Diploma
Credits: 34
Locations: Calmar, Peosta
Entry: Fall

Paying for the Program

Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $7,752*
Program Supplies: $59

Financial Aid Info

Career Outlook


Estimated annual salary for Early Childhood graduates represents median annual wage from EMSI's Analyst, Career Coach and Institutional Research data.

Potential Careers

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Assistant Teacher
  • Child In-Home Provider
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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®, or SAT® test scores. Reading and writing scores are valid for three years, and math scores are valid for two years. 

In addition to the enrollment process, prospective students will also need to meet additional program requirements including health requirements, drug testing and background checks prior to their admission to the program.

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View a sample schedule for this program of study.

Review the College catalog for program sequence, admissions and academic requirements.

Gainful Employment Information

View gainful employment information for this program.

T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Program

The T.E.A.C.H. scholarship program offers scholarships that are available for:

  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credentials
  • CDA Renewal
  • One Class for QRS points
  • Diplomas
  • Associate degrees in Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor degrees in Early Childhood
  • Bachelor Degrees in Elementary Education WITH an Early Childhood Endorsement designated, or an Early Childhood Endorsement.
  • Teacher licensure renewal

Eligibility requirements for early child care and education providers who:

  • Work in a regulated preschool, child care center, or home program for at least 30 hours per week (or all the hours your preschool offers programming with a 20 hour minimum)
  • Have worked with children birth to age 5 in current program for at least 3 months (6 months for bachelor scholarships)
  • Are working toward an early childhood degree, CDA credential (or renewal), endorsement, or teacher licensure renewal at an Iowa college
  • Have the support of your employer (if applicable).
  • Demonstrate participation in or progress towards a quality initiative such as QRS, QPPS, Head Start, or NAEYC/NAFCC accreditation.

Visit the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children for more information.

The Early Childhood program currently has transfer agreements in place with the institution(s) listed below. Students are encouraged to speak with their transfer college or university to verify that their planned courses at NICC will meet necessary requirements. Learn more about transferring from NICC.

Nikki Brodbeck

Nicole Brodbeck, M.Ed.
Early Childhood Education Instructor

  • Email: brodbeckn@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 1470
  • Location: Calmar
Julie Griep

Julie Griep, M.Ed.

  • Email: griepj@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2309
  • Location: Peosta