Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

Training to Help You Develop Young Minds

As an Early Childhood Education student at Kirkwood, you’ll learn how to make an impact on the next generation of learners.

You'll participate in a variety of community early childhood programs, including Head Start centers, kindergarten classrooms, voluntary four-year-old programs, and child care centers. We encourage experience in inclusive and diverse settings.

Classes focus on the care and education of young children where you will gain knowledge about child development, nutrition, safety, and appropriate childhood curriculum and environments.

With this Associate of Applied Science (AAS) track, you can graduate and go straight into the workforce. If you're planning on transferring to another college or university to continue your education, choose the Associate of Arts (AA) degree.

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Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year, and there are many specifically for students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program.

Graduates of the Early Childhood Education program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate child development knowledge by using this knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children including those who are culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of family and community characteristics by creating opportunities for families to be involved in their children’s development and learning.
  • Practice a variety of child assessment techniques and utilize these assessments to plan curriculum and individualized instruction for young children including those who are culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse.
  • Use a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching/learning experiences to support the development of young children including those who are culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse.
  • Use their knowledge of early learning standards and evidence-based resources and practices to design curriculum for young children including those who are culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse.
  • Demonstrate professional skills: collaboration, problem solving, commitment to NAEYC Code of Ethics, ability to follow policies, advocacy, and dispositions of effective teachers including sensitivity to culture, language, and ability.

An AAS degree in Early Childhood Education prepares you for entry level employment such as:

  • Childcare/school-age director, lead or teacher
  • Early Head Start teacher
  • Head Start assistant teacher
  • Assistant teacher/paraprofessional
  • Childcare operator

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Program Costs

Early Childhood Education 

Program Entry Semester: Fall 2021

Year One

Credits: 16 15 31
Tuition: $2,976 $2,790 $5,766
Fees: $95 $50 $145
Books: $518 $673 $1,191


Year Two

Credits: 15 18 33
Tuition: $2,790 $3,348 $6,138
Fees: $50 $50 $100
Books: $569.75 $363 $932.75




Costs provided are estimated and based on in-state tuition rates. Book cost estimates are for new books. Individual expenses may vary. These costs also do not factor in potential financial aid benefits. For a complete view of your specific cost expectation, visit our Cost Estimator Tool.
Included fees: Technology Fee, Ancillary Expenses (Miscellaneous Fee)
Current Tuition Rates per Credit Hour: $ 186 In-State; $ 249 Out-of-State; $ 372 International
Updated: 1/18/2021

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Successful completion of this program leads to a professional licensure or certification. View the state listing guide to identify which Kirkwood program fulfills state guidelines for professional licensure and certification.

Eman Mohamed
Title: Professor, Early Childhood
Phone: 319-398-1258
Email: eman.mohamed@kirkwood.edu
Office: 1028 Cedar Hall

The mission of the Early Childhood Education program at Kirkwood Community College is to prepare learners to provide high quality early care and education for young children from birth to age eight.

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“Kirkwood has all the facilities like a university, but maintains the feel of a community college. And it’s a respected institution. Employers know that if you have a degree from Kirkwood, you have a great education.”

Colette Franks,
Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Social Sciences Department
2092 Cedar Hall