Early Childhood Education

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

The Early Childhood Education program focuses on early child growth and development including adult-child relationships. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills and techniques for providing appropriate environments and care for young children. Instruction is provided in the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive areas of early childhood. You will develop competencies through classroom instruction, observation, and participation in early education and care settings.

Certificates:

Early Childhood Administration (18 credit hours = 1-2 semesters)

Short-term certificates are sequences of technical and professional courses that are industry focused and designed for workforce preparation. They provide access to targeted, short-term training in a discipline, and completers may sit for specific certification exams. Courses in certificate programs also apply toward technical certificates and associate degree programs in the subject area.

Completion of the Childhood Administration Certificate leads to employment in an early childhood education profession and/or completion of an associate's degree.

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Child Development Associate (CDA) (18 credit hours = 1-2 semesters)

Short-term certificates are sequences of technical and professional courses that are industry focused and designed for workforce preparation. They provide access to targeted, short-term training in a discipline, and completers may sit for specific certification exams. Courses in certificate programs also apply toward technical certificates and associate degree programs in the subject area.

Completion of the Child Development Associate Certificate leads to taking the National Child Development Associate Certification Exam, employment in an early childhood education profession, and/or completion of an associate degree.

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Technical Certificates:

Technical Certificate (30 credit hours = 2 semesters)

The Technical Certificate in Early Childhood Education can be earned on the way to acquiring the Associate of Applied Science degree. Many available jobs require advanced education beyond the high school diploma. Technical Certificate programs provide education in conceptual and technical skills for specific occupations. The program content is designed to develop competency in the comprehension of general and technical skills. Certificate programs require mastery of basic reading, writing, mathematical and quantitative skills. Program and Employment Information

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Electives

Your advisor will help you select electives for your program. Statewide electives, Transfer General Education Core (TGEC) electives, and Transfer Cluster electives vary by degree.

This course schedule is based on full-time attendance for students who have demonstrated college readiness. Please review our course schedules for full-time with college prep courses.

Degrees:

Associate of Applied Science (60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree programs are two-year programs that prepare students for careers, career changes and career advancement. Students who need to take longer to complete the degree because of job or family obligations can take the program over a longer period of time. AAS programs may also prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. These programs offer education in recognized technical areas and specialties with emphasis on analysis, synthesis and evaluation. The program content, which is approximately 30% general education and 70% professional/technical, provides depth and breadth in conceptual and professional/technical skills. The general education courses equip students with the problem solving, communications, scientific and mathematical skills to compete successfully in the job market. Professional/technical courses equip students with the skills to obtain employment and to advance in the workforce.

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Associate of Science (60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

The Associate of Science degree prepares you for transfer to a university to pursue a baccalaureate degree.

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Transfer Options

To find out information about your transfer options to public and private universities, contact your academic advisor or the Transfer Office at your local Ivy Tech campus. You are also encouraged to contact the university in which you plan to transfer.

This course schedule is based on full-time attendance for students who have demonstrated college readiness. Please review our course schedules for full-time with college prep courses, part-time and part-time with college prep courses.

Online Options:

Associate of Applied Science (60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree programs are two-year programs that prepare students for careers, career changes and career advancement. Students who need to take longer to complete the degree because of job or family obligations can take the program over a longer period of time. AAS programs may also prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. These programs offer education in recognized technical areas and specialties with emphasis on analysis, synthesis and evaluation. The program content, which is approximately 30% general education and 70% professional/technical, provides depth and breadth in conceptual and professional/technical skills. The general education courses equip students with the problem solving, communications, scientific and mathematical skills to compete successfully in the job market. Professional/technical courses equip students with the skills to obtain employment and to advance in the workforce.

In the following degree, the majority of your coursework will be completed online, however, some courses have on-campus requirements, such as video lectures or internships. You can discuss the specific requirements of each course with your advisor.

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This course schedule is based on full-time attendance for students who have demonstrated college readiness. Please review our course schedules for part-time and part-time with college prep courses.

NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.

Early Childhood Education programs are offered at the following Ivy Tech campuses:

Bloomington

Faculty Contact:
Marjie Risen
Early Childhood Education Program Chair
Phone: (812) 330-6109
Fax: (812) 330-6212
mrisen@ivytech.edu

ECE Handbook (pdf)
Program Summary (pdf)

Central Indiana (Indianapolis)
Contact:
Diane Smith, Program Chair
dlsmith@ivytech.edu
(317) 917-5986

Early Childhood Education Full Time Faculty  (Office: NMC Suite 230)

Patti Dickmann, Associate Professor
pdickman@ivytech.edu
317-921-4770

Connie Gassner, Associate Professor
cgassner@ivytech.edu
317-921-4637

Deb Pierce, Full Professor
dpierce@ivytech.edu
317-921-4646

Rose Wilson, Associate Professor
rwilson@ivytech.edu
317-921-4403

Welcome to the Early Childhood Education Program at Ivy Tech - Central Indiana

Working in Early Childhood Education is one of the most rewarding careers one can pursue. Due to the nature of the profession, those who work with young children and their families lay the foundation for education in the early years.

Employment in the early childhood profession continues to grow because more parents have a need to enter the workforce and the educational requirements for an early childhood professional is also increasing. There are a variety of opportunities for degreed early childhood educators in Central Indiana.

Ivy Tech Central Indiana also articulates with several universities, giving students the opportunity to pursue a four year degree in education.

Frequently Asked Questions

> What kind of salary can I expect with a degree in early childhood?

Salaries have grown over the last several years and are expected to increase further as licensing requirements continue to be linked to the level of education one holds.

> What transfer agreements to 4-year Indiana institutions does Ivy Tech have?

Students completing their associate degree at Ivy Tech have the opportunity to transfer to either Ball State University or Saint Mary of the Woods College.

> Can I teach Kindergarten or above in a public school with an associate degree?

Those who hold an associate degree in early childhood education may seek employment as a preschool teacher in some school districts or as an instructional assistant in an elementary school. Students may also transfer to a four-year institution to obtain a bachelor degree in elementary education.

> Can I be a child care director with an associate degree in early childhood education?

Yes. This is the minimum requirement for most licensed child care centers. Indiana Child Care licensing also requires child care center directors to have a minimum of three years experience in an early childhood setting.

> What are the courses required to obtain a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential?

A CDA candidate will complete the following courses to be eligible to apply for the credential:  ECED 100 Introduction to Early Childhood Education, ECED 101 Health, Safety, and Nutrition, ECED 103 Curriculum in the Early Childhood Classroom, ECED 105 CDA Process.

> How long does it take to complete the courses to obtain a CDA?

I can take nine months to one year to complete the courses required for the Child Development Associate Credential.

> Will I gain experience working with children?

Students will have opportunities to participate in course service learning projects. Students are also required to complete two practicum (student teaching) experiences, providing hands-on experience under the supervision of degreed teachers in licensed, accredited centers and diverse schools.

> Does the Early Childhood Program offer specialization, such as a minor in special education or preschool teacher?

The associate degree tracks are all in early childhood education and do not reflect specialties.

> What are tracks offered?

Courses toward a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential,  Early Childhood Education Technical Certificate,  Early Childhood Education Associate of Science,  and Early Childhood Education Distance Education of Applied Science.

> What courses are required for these tracks?

The course requirements vary, depending on which track is considered.

> Why earn a degree in Early Childhood Education?

Increased pay for holding a certificate or degree, Professional promotion, First steps toward higher education, Strengthen the field of early childhood education,      Fulfill the requirements of licensing.                                                                                                       

> What courses might a student take in the first semester of this program?                            

Full-time students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Program are advised to register for a combination of entry-level early childhood courses and general education courses. For example, a student's first semester may look like this:                ECED 100 (Introduction to Early Childhood Education),  ECED 103 (Curriculum in the Early Childhood Classroom),  ENGL 111 (English Composition I),  MATH 050 (Introduction to College Algebra), IVY 1XX    (Life Skills Elective)

> How long does it take to earn a associate degree?

It typically takes two years for students who attend college full-time. However, it may take longer, according to a student's personal circumstances.

>What are some possible careers in early childhood one could pursue?                            Infant/Toddler Care Provider,  Preschool Teacher, Center Director, Family Child Care Provider, Instructional Assistant, Employee for Resource and Referral Services

Columbus
East Central (Anderson, Muncie, Marion)
Contact:

Tammy Conwell
1-800-8324 ext. 1732
tconwell@ivytech.edu

Kokomo (Kokomo, Logansport)
Contact
Kokomo

Jane Hildenbrand, program chair
765-457-0858, ext. 222
Lafayette  (Lafayette)
Contact
Amanda Barche Lindberg
Program Chair and Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education
(765) 269-5730
North Central (Elkhart, South Bend, Warsaw)
For more information contact Linda Taylor at 574-289-7001, ext. 5351 or ltaylor105@ivytech.edu.
Northeast (Fort Wayne)
Contact:
Rebecca Carothers, Program Chair
260-480-4277
rcarothe@ivytech.edu


Are you a K-12 teacher? Needing to renew your license?

If you are a K-12 teacher and in need of coursework for license renewal, you can take those classes right here at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast. Just visit our Express Enrollment Center (North Campus, Student Life Center, 3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne) and be sure to tell us you are wanting to enroll as a ?courses only? student for this reason. Since you are a college graduate, you do not need to apply nor assess like an incoming college student. Questions? Call 260-481-2244.

Northwest (East Chicago, Gary, Michigan City, Valparaiso)
Early Childhood Education Program Chair

   Susan Davies
   Gary Campus
   (219)981-1111

Early Childhood Education Program Info

Richmond (Richmond)

Contact:

Nancy Fort
Early Childhood Department Chair, School of Education/Assistant Professor
Preschool Coordinator
Ivy Tech Community College - Richmond
2357 Chester Boulevard
Richmond IN 47374-1298
Phone: 765-966-2656, ext. 1149  Toll free: 800-659-4562, ext. 1149
Fax: 765-962-8741
Email: nfort@ivytech.edu
www.ivytech.edu/richmond


Southeast Indiana (Lawrenceburg, Madison)
School of Education - Early Childhood Education Program
MADISON

590 Ivy Tech Drive
Madison, IN 47250

Joe Moore
(812) 265-2580 Ext. 4123
(800) 403-2190 Ext. 4123
ljmoore@ivytech.edu

LAWRENCEBURG & BATESVILLE

50 Walnut Street
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

Holly Nichols
(812) 537-4010 Ext. 5261
(800) 715-1058 Ext. 5261
hnichols11@ivytech.edu

Southern Indiana (Sellersburg)
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Contacts

Betsy Boyd
Administrative Assistant
Pfau Hall
812 246.3301 ext 4725

Mary Ann Bennett

Dean Education/Early Childhood Education
812 246.3301, ext 4311

Southwest (Evansville)
Early Childhood Education Program Summary

For more information, please contact Linda Schenk, at (812) 492-0514.

Wabash Valley (Terre Haute)
Regional Degree Offerings:

Early Childhood Education AAS Degree
Early Childhood Education AS Degree to St. Mary-of-the-Woods College
Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential course work
Technical Certificate in Early Childhood Education

Contact:

Krissie Flesher
Program Chair
Early Childhood Education
812-298-2386
kflesher4@ivytech.edu

  • Bona Vista Programs, Inc.
  • Head Start
  • Various School Districts

Work in settings such as:

  • Child Care Administration
  • Early Care in Education
  • Elementary Schools
  • Family Child Care
  • Head Start
  • Infant/Toddler Care
  • Preschool
  • Pediatrics
  • Nanny Care
  • Resource and Referral Services
  • School Age Programming