Early Childhood: Child Development Certificate FAQ's
Just the Facts
Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 2 Semesters
Average Class Size: 15
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day, Evening, Online
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus
What makes this program unique compared to other Early Childhood programs?
Iowa Western offers four different early Childhood programs, including a two-year AAS degree program, a two-year AA transfer degree program, a one-year diploma program, and a one-semester certificate program designed for childcare professionals. Many schools offer early education programs, but Iowa Western has a lab school on campus in which our students get valuable hands-on experience working directly with children. Our lab school also has observation rooms designed to allow students to hear and see the children, while taking notes and discussing behaviors. The childcare facility on campus is nationally and state accredited, which is a difficult and rare thing to achieve.
Are scholarships available?
Iowa Western awards more than $1.5 million in scholarships each year. Visit our Scholarship Page for more information.
What are the admissions requirements?
All Iowa Western students are required to submit an Application for Admission, complete placement testing, and submit official copies of high school and college transcripts. For more information on admissions requirements, visit our Admissions page.
Are there additional fees for the program?
Iowa code requires all individuals placed in a classroom setting with young children to complete an Iowa Records Check as well as a National Criminal History Check. The cost of the records checks is $35, and will be added to the Early Childhood Cirriculum with Lab course.