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.

The Early Childhood Administration Certificate provides the credential that early childhood administrators need to support early learning programs that provide rich learning environments for our youngest citizens to learn and grow.  Based on national standards, this certificate meets the criteria identified by the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children (IAEYC) necessary to administer, manage and effectively lead Early Childhood programs.

Courses you will take 

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Child Development Associate (CDA) (18 credit hours = 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.

Leads to taking the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential exam through the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington D.C., employment in an early childhood education profession, and/or completion of an associate's degree.  This is a certification process certificate.  To enroll, students must be currently working with children ages 0-5 years and must have completed 480 hours of work experience with a specific age group before enrolling in the ECED 105 course.  See program chair for further requirements.

Courses you will take 

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Technical Certificate:

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.

Courses you will take   

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, part-time and part-time with college prep courses.

Associate of Applied Science - Online (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 practicum. You can discuss the specific requirements of each course with your advisor.

Courses you will take   

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, part-time and part-time with college prep courses.

Transfer Degree:

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.

Courses you will take   

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.

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.

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

2015-2016 Early Childhood Education Handbook (pdf)

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

Erin Donovan
1-800-8324 ext. 1734
edonovan2@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

Justin Suer, Dean
Ogle Hall, Room 109G

For more information, contact sl-sharedservices@ivytech.edu

Southwest (Evansville)
Early Childhood Education Program Sheet

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

Wabash Valley (Terre Haute)
Early Childhood Education Program Sheet

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

  • Boys and Girls Club/YMCA/Community Resource Centers
  • Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
  • Public and Private Child Care Facilities
  • Various School Districts

Work in settings such as:

  • Child Care Administration
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Early Childhood and Education
  • Elementary Schools
  • Family Child Care
  • Family Service Agencies
  • Head Start
  • Infant/Toddler Care
  • Preschool
  • Resource and Referral Services
  • School Age Programming