Early Childhood Education, Associate in Applied Science Degree

Program Description for Early Childhood Education

Student in Early Childhood Education classroomScott Community College's Early Childhood Education program, established in the late 1990s, has the experience and expertise to educate students in the field of early childhood education and fill the growing need for educators in the community.

The program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive background in early childhood education. Meaningful, on-site, practical experiences along with lecture, hands-on learning and theory round out the basic education provided.

Award Options for Early Childhood Education

  • Associate in Applied Science - Early Childhood Education

  • Diploma - Early Childhood Education

  • Certificate - Child Development Associate (CDA)
    (course work hours only/ one semester)

Job Outlook for Early Childhood Education

Employment of child care workers is projected to increase by 25 percent between 2010 and 2020, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations. An increasing emphasis on early childhood education programs will increase demand for these workers. Pay depends on the educational attainment of the worker and the type of establishment. Although the pay generally is very low, more education usually means higher earnings. Median annual wages of child care workers were $25,700 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $17,200, and the top 10 percent earned more than $46,830.

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Child Development Associate Articulation


Students who have previously completed the Child Associate Credential through the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Continuing Education Department and have successfully completed the portfolio, work experience and credentialing examination may be eligible to receive up to 17 hours of college credit toward their degree.

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