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Early Childhood Education Practitioner Diploma

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Offered at MCC (Code: MVCHD)

Graduates of the one-year Child Development Practitioner program will be qualified to work under the direction of a supervisor in carrying out the goals of a child care center. Specific competencies include supervising children, assisting with developmentally appropriate activities, maintaining a sanitary environment, recognizing health care problems, recognizing and dealing with behavior problems, and assisting in the preparation of snacks and meals.

A grade point of 2.00 or above is required for each program requirement for successful completion.

Plan of Study

General Education

Social/Behavioral Science - Credit Hours: 3

  • (courses approved for AA)
  • CSC 110   Introduction to Computers 3 credit(s)

Total Credit Hours: 6

Total Credit Hours: 21

Total Required Hours: 27


Students should be advised that all child care centers conduct criminal background checks prior to hiring new employees.

Courses Approved for AA



No more than 6 credits from one prefix. LIT courses not on this list will satisfy this requirement and transfer to all three Iowa Regent Universities as Humanities electives.

Math and Science

Must include at least one math and one lab science course.

Computer Education

Physical Education

Student Development


All transfer courses may be used here including courses listed above (if additional are taken beyond requirements). Students should plan their elective courses according to their college major if they are planning to transfer on for a four year degree.

A maximum of 16 hours of vocational-technical credits may apply toward elective credit with a maximum of 9 of the 16 being independent projects or experimental courses. No more than 6 activity credits (those having prefixes of PEA, MUA, and some MUS courses) may be applied to elective credits. Developmental courses do not apply towards degree requirements.

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