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Iowa Western Community College

Early Childhood Studies Diploma

Early Childhood Studies Diploma

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 2 Semesters
Award: Diploma

Average Class Size: 15
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day, Evening, Online
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus

About the Program

If you like working with children, Iowa Western’s Early Childhood Studies Diploma program could be for you. In this program, you learn how to care for infants, toddlers, and pre-school age children.

Graduates of this one-year program earn a diploma, and graduates can go on to complete an Associate of Applied Science degree by enrolling in the Early Childhood Studies program. All students receive supervised hands-on work experience in the lab school on the Council Bluffs campus and in community sites. The Children's Center is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.

Career Information

This program is designed for students intending to enter the workforce upon completion of this one-year diploma. Child care workers generally are classified into three different groups based on where they work: private household workers, who care for children at the children's homes; family child care providers, who care for children in the providers’ homes; and child care workers who work at child care centers. Graduates of this program are prepared for entry-level jobs in all three areas, and they qualify for licensing as an assistant teacher at a child care facility. Students who wish to earn an advanced degree may continue on to complete the Early Childhood Studies program and earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.  

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Program Outcomes

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.
  • Describe and demonstrate the development and learning of individual children, recognizing that children develop in a context of culture, language and ability diversity.

Average: $9.47
Entry Level: $8.52
Experienced: $10.77

* Salary information from EMSI Analyst Database.


* The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. The information provided here describes the graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information regarding gainful employment for the most recent academic year (as of July 1).