Early Childhood Associate

After successful completion of the Early Childhood Associate program, you will be prepared to be a head teacher or director in early childhood facilities supervising others and carrying out educational activities in preschools, programs like Head Start, recreation centers, and public school systems. You also may also choose to become an entrepreneur and open your own child care center or be employed as a nanny. You will learn about the growth and development of children. Their needs, interests, and learning activities designed to meet those needs and interests will be explored. Upon successful completion of the first three terms, you will be awarded a diploma from the Child Care Technician program.

Courses are offered in online or face–to–face formats.

Podcast: Shout from the Hills talks to Early Childhood Education students as they design a special science lesson, teaching children at the Indian Hills Child Development Center about the life cycle of tomatoes.
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Transfer Agreement with Iowa Wesleyan College

Students who have completed their A.A.S. degree at IHCC can obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education at Iowa Wesleyan College though a smooth and seamless transition process. This will allow those interested in a career in Early Childhood Education to obtain teacher licensure in order to teach preschool or kindergarten.

Program Details

Campus: Ottumwa
Entry: Fall or Winter Term
Length: 7 terms (21 months)
Program: Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

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Early Childhood Job Opportunities


Gina Buttikofer, Program Director
phone: (641) 683-5317 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5317

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Jean Dorothy: Early Childhood Associate Graduate

Jean Dorothy

I feel the knowledge I acquired from Indian Hills College has aided me in all my endeavors working with children.

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