Degree, Certificate or Diploma
1,473 Jobs (2020)
+12.2% Change from 2020-2025
Data is from the Omaha Metropolitans Area, and the seven counties in Southwest Iowa that Iowa Western serves
What will you do
This program is designed for students intending to enter the workforce upon completion of this two-year degree. This program prepares students to become lead teachers and child specialists in preschools, family child care homes, and Head Start programs. Careers in the field of early childhood care and education are plentiful. In fact, employment of preschool teachers is expected to grow by 19 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Continued emphasis on early childhood education is increasing the demand for preschool teachers. Some states are instituting programs to improve early childhood education, such as offering full day and universal preschool. These programs, along with projected higher enrollment growth for preschool age children, will create new jobs for preschool teachers.
- Entry: $14.04
- Average: $20.78
- Experienced: $36.13
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ECE 244 - Early Childhood Guidance with Lab
ECE 103 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education
ECE 170 - Child Growth and Development
ECE 153 - Early Childhood Curriculum I with Lab
SPC 122 - Interpersonal Communication
ECE 120 - Communication with Families
ECE 156 - Early Childhood Curriculum II with Lab
ECE 221 - Infant/Toddler Care and Education
ECE 133 - Child Health, Safety, and Nutrition
ENG 105 - Composition I
EDU 235 - Children's Literature
ECE 287 - Exceptional Learner
ECE 268 - Early Childhood Field Experience
ECE 290 - Early Childhood Program Administration
MAT 157 - Statistics
ECE 258 - Early Childhood Field Practicum
CSC 110 - Introduction to Computers
BCA 212 - Introduction to Computer Business Applications
MGT 195 - Workplace Empowerment
Total Semester Hours Required: 64.0
Upon the successful completion of the program students will:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the early childhood profession.
- Identify developmental characteristics of children.
- Create a developmentally appropriate curriculum that advances all areas of children’s development and learning.
- Demonstrate a safe, healthy learning environment.
- Apply a variety of strategies to encourage children’s social, physical and emotional development.
- Demonstrate positive and productive relationships with families, colleagues and other professionals.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills to ensure a well-run, purposeful program, responsive to participant needs.
- Demonstrate an understanding of career related issues in our society.
- Describe and demonstrate the development and learning of individual children, recognizing that children develop in a context of culture, language and ability diversity.
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