In our Early Childhood Education Program, you'll take classes that will provide you with important teaching skills, like how to assess children's needs in all areas of development and how to use this information to support children's learning. In addition, you will have clinical experiences aligned to your course work. You may be getting into classrooms as early as your freshman year! Here is the required curriculum for early childhood education majors:
In our unique Early Childhood Education (ECE) program you will gain the practical experience that will prepare you to be a confident teacher when you graduate:
- Learn to use teaching strategies and curricula that nurture each child’s progress and make learning feel like play.
- Practice effective guidance strategies to deal with a variety of challenging behaviors.
- Study how to assess each child’s needs in all areas of development and how to use this information to support children’s learning.
- Work with families, educators, and other professionals to write plans and coordinate interventions to ensure that each child reaches his or her full potential.
- Both learn about teaching strategies in class lectures, and practice techniques with children.
- Learn techniques to help young children learn about math and science, in addition to early literacy and social studies. (ISU has an emphasis on student learning in math and science fields.)
- Benefit from faculty in two departments — Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) and the School of Education — allowing students to work with faculty who have expertise in the ages, grades, and curricula that will better prepare graduates to work with children and their families, as well as other professionals.
- Get clinical experience in the ISU Child Development Laboratory School, an exemplary child care center housed on campus.
Early Childhood Education (ECE) is a unified major, a collaboration between the School of Education and the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.
The ISU ECE program prepares students to teach general education and special education students, combining learning in courses and applied settings to obtain all the skills you need to teach children:
- Birth to age 3
- Preschool: ages 3 to 5
- School: kindergarten to grade 3
A degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) will enable teacher candidates to receive two teaching endorsements that can be used to teach in public schools in the state of Iowa:
- Teacher - Prekindergarten - Grade 3, including special education (called Endorsement 100)
- PK-K Early Childhood Special Education (called Endorsement 262).
In addition, teacher candidates have the opportunity to pursue additional teaching endorsements (many students obtain endorsements for reading K-8 and coaching).