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:

Program features

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:


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:

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:

In addition, teacher candidates have the opportunity to pursue additional teaching endorsements (many students obtain endorsements for reading K-8 and coaching).