Early Childhood Education

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Early Childhood Education Associate in Applied Science

What is Early Childhood Education?

Early Childhood Educators specialize in the care and education of children birth–age eight. Students gain content knowledge about young children’s development in order to develop the skills and dispositions to work with young children and their families.  Students will learn about child development, demonstrate understanding of developmentally appropriate practices, and implement curricula in field experiences.   IVCC’s ECE program is a NAEYC-Accredited and Gateways-Entitled institution. Graduates of the program are highly sought after by area employers. 

Program Options

Students can earn the following stackable certificates that build into the AAS degree:

 Features of the Program

Courses in the Early Childhood Education program are offered in online, blended, and face-to-face formats to meet the needs of traditional students and adult student populations. Students who have documented direct-service with young children may waive out of some face-to-face courses. The Early Childhood program has observation hours/field experience hours built into all certificates and degree options. Most students are hired prior to completion of certificate/degree.


IVCC tuition is just one-third to one-fourth the cost of state universities and far below most private institutions. An approximation of tuition and fees and cost comparison can be found on the IVCC website at www.ivcc.edu/payment and at www.ivcc.edu/save.
Many scholarship opportunities are available through the IVCC Foundation at
www.ivcc.edu/foundation and Financial Aid is available for those who qualify at www.ivcc.edu/financialaid. Gateways Scholarships may be available for students who have earned their Gateways Level 1 Credential through their high school within one calendar year of graduation.
High school dual credit courses are available through some in-district high schools.

Career Options

  • Lead Teacher
  • Assistant Teacher
  • Director in a Child Care Center
  • Family Child Care Provider
  • Paraprofessional

Application of Skills


 student sharing curriculum design

Places where graduates work

  • Lead teacher in a child care center
  • Assistant teacher
  • Paraprofessional in public and private school systems
  • Family child care provider
  • Early intervention support
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Things graduates will be expected to do

  •  Demonstrate professionalism
  • Design and implement developmentally appropriate curricula
  • Guide children in culturally responsive ways
  • Communicate effectively with families
  • Work collaboratively in diverse work settings

NAEYC LOGOThe AAS ECE degree at IVCC is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, www.naeyc.org. The accreditation term runs from March 31st, 2020 - March 31st 2021.


IVCC ECE Program Outcome Data Report

Program Coordinators



Tammy Landgraf

Early Childhood Education
Office: D-209
(815) 224-0477