Early Childhood Education Diploma

Young children see the world through a unique lens! Do you enjoy teaching, reading, and interacting with young children? Can you make quick decisions? Do you have physical stamina? Influence a young child's life! Plan a career in Early Childhood Education! 

Campus Ottumwa Campus and Online
Entry Term Fall Term
Length of Program 4 Terms 
Diploma/Degree  Early Childhood Education Diploma


The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Diploma Program prepares students for careers working with children ages birth to approximately eight years old.  Many of which, are not old enough to go to public school and others that are in school but need a safe environment attend after school. Students in the Early Childhood Diploma program will gain knowledge in guidance techniques, child growth and development, safety and nutrition, infant and toddler care, curriculum design, and assessment and evaluation. The knowledge gained in the ECE Diploma program prepares students for a career in the Early Childhood Education field. Graduates assume positions in child care centers, child development in-home provider settings, preschools, daycares, and public and private schools working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children.  Enrolling in the Early Childhood Education Diploma Program provides the student an opportunity to positively impact the lives of young children.


What you will learn:
  • The importance of health, safety, and nutrition of young children.

  • The importance of building relationships with families and the community.

  • The importance of providing meaningful-learning filled and engaging activities for young children.

  • The importance of understanding diverse populations, respectful behaviors, and positive work ethics.

Education Outcomes 2020

  1. The student will examine the impact historical events, perspectives and history overall has had on education.
  2. The student will develop critical thinking skills.
  3. The student will evaluate current trends or issues that could impact educating children.
  4. The student will determine the use of technology in effective teaching.
  5. The student will discuss and analyze personal competencies needed to be a professional educator.
  6. The student will elaborate on the diversity found in education.

Scholarship Opportunity

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship sponsored by the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children. 

Educators pursing a degree in early childhood may be eligible for a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship. The Scholarship program’s goal is to help provide an educated early childhood workforce that experience many educational opportunities. This comprehensive scholarship includes a significant portion of tuition and textbook costs, travel/Internet stipends, and paid time away from work. For more information on this scholarship and how to apply, visit the T.E.A.C.H. website.

Ready to take your education to the next level?

Be the person that makes an impact in a young child’s life!  Early Childhood Education Diploma program can be your answer to a new and exciting career.  Ready to take your education to the next level? Indian Hills Community College Early Childhood Education Diploma Program will be Life. Changing. Check out more details about the Early Childhood Education Diploma Program below.

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Note: Please be aware that there are unique qualifications for the Early Childhood Diploma Program and any employment positions within this field. These include passing an extensive criminal background checks, Abuse and Dependent Abuse checks and any other requirements pertinent to current hiring practices.

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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 Deb!

vosDeb Vos, Program Director, Education and Social Sciences
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

(641) 683-5111 ext. 1835 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 1835