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: $7,616*
Program Supplies: $85

Financial Aid Info

Career Outlook

$16,717 - 43,462

Estimated annual salary range for Education 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.

Potential Careers

  • Assistant Teacher
  • Head Start Center Manager
  • Teacher/Family Service Worker
  • Teaching Assistant
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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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Academic requirements, program details and any additional admission requirements for this program can be found on the program page in the college catalog.

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