Make an impact. Change a child’s life. Change your life. Want to do something amazing with your education? Ready to make a life-changing difference to a child? Let’s get started.
|Campus||Ottumwa Campus and Online|
|Entry Term||Fall and Winter Terms|
|Length of Program||Early Childhood Diploma – 3 or 4 Terms (9-12 Months)
Early Childhood Associate – 7 Terms (21 Months)
|Diploma/Degree||Early Childhood Diploma – Diploma
Early Childhood Associate – Associate of Applied Sciences (A.A.S.)
At Indian Hills we know that excellent care and education = quality programs for children! Early Childhood Teachers open children’s eyes to the wonders of the world around them! They provide care for children not yet old enough for kindergarten, and introduce them to ideas and routines that will prepare them for an easy transition to elementary school. So it goes without saying that they also play an extremely critical role in the development of children’s social, emotional, and educational needs; and will essentially set the stage for their future academic success! At Indian Hills our talented instructors will teach you to focus on the important topics in early childhood, such as: development, learning, assessment, family engagement, and instructional strategy, to make you an A+ teacher and influencer in these youngster’s lives! Whether you are looking for a short term program or ready to jump-start your career, we have a path for you! So, are you up for the challenge? With creativity, patience, knowledge, and skill, we will help you stack the building blocks for future growth and learning. Be a part of something Life. Changing. today!
|What you will learn:||
Which Path Will You Choose?
It’s your education. Choose your own path. We’re right behind you every step of the way!
One more point: In our programs, you can complete your coursework in Early Childhood online, so you can start changing your life from anywhere.
Select one of our two programs below to check-out the details.
Early Childhood Diploma
Early Childhood Associate
Associate of Applied Science
The Early Childhood Progams at Indian Hills Community College are accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, www.naeyc.org. The accreditation term runs from July 2017 through July 2024.
Outcome Measure 1: The Number of Program Completers
|Academic Year||Number of program completers||% of program completers who were attending full-time
(at the time of completion)
|% of program completers who were attending part-time
(at the time of completion)
|2019||Five (5)||2/5 (40%)||3/5 (60%)|
|2018||Seven (7)||6/7 (88%)||1/7 (12%)|
|2017||Nine (9)||6/9 (67%)||3/9 (33%)|
Outcome Measure 2: The Program Completion Rate
|Academic year in which a Fall cohort of full-time students enrolled at the institution||% of those students who completed the program within 150% of the published timeframe||% of those students who completed the program within 100%, 200% (twice), or 300% (three times) of the published timeframe.|
|FA 16 (9 Full Time)||8/9 (89%)||5/9 (56%)|
|FA 15 (8 Full Time)||5/8 (63%)||3/8 (34 %)|
|FA 14 (10 Full Time)||0/10 (0%)||0/10 (0%)|
Outcome Measure 3: Institutional Selected Data
(A) The fall-to-fall retention rate in the program for each of the three most recently completed academic years.
|Academic Year||% of Part-Time Candidates Enrolled||Retention Rate among Part-Time Candidates||% of Full-Time Candidates Enrolled||Retention Rate among Full-Time Candidates|
|FA 19-FA 20||7/22 (32%)||3/7 (43%)||15/22 (68%)||4/15 (27%)|
|FA 18-FA 19||8/25 (32%)||2/8 (25%)||17/25 (68%)||3/17 (18%)|
|FA 17-FA 18||2/23 (9%)||2/2 (100%)||21/23 (91%)||9/21 (43%)|
Ready to take your education to the next level? Check out more details about the Early Childhood Programs below, to see how our programs at Indian Hills Community College will help you get a Life.Changing. career as a Lead Teacher for a Child Development Center, an Associate Teacher with Head Start or school-based programs, or a Self-Employed Home Provider!
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We see raised hands, and we’re here to answer your questions!
Not sure if you want to do the Early Childhood Diploma or the Early Childhood Associate Program? Maybe you want more details about transferring your associate credits to a four-year school once you’re done? Don’t stress. Just ask Barb!
Barbara Lisk, Program Director, Early Childhood Education
Indian Hills Community College
Phone: (641) 683-5317 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5317