Parent Educator Certificate

Help parents become better parents.

The certificate provides the foundational skills needed for working with young children ages birth to 8 years of age and their parents to support healthy child development.

You'll learn the skills to foster positive parent-child relationships, promote healthy child development, and empower families to thrive, creating a ripple effect of positive impact in communities.

Program location

Available in West Burlington Not available in Keokuk Not available online

Skills you'll learn

  • Foundational knowledge of early childhood education
  • Communication with parents
  • Making connections between families and resources
  • Developmentally appropriate evidence-based practices to support child growth and development

Key classes you'll take

  • Introduction to Early Childhood
  • Education Child Growth and Development
  • Family, Teacher, and Community Interaction

Where this program can take you

  • Parent Educator/Coach
  • Family Support Specialist
  • Parenting Program Coordinator

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Contact Us

West Burlington Campus Admissions
Call: (319) 208-5155
Text: (319) 250-7144

Keokuk Campus Admissions
Call: (319) 313-1923
Text: (319) 220-3266

Schedule an Appointment

The Early Childhood Education program is designed to prepare students to secure one of the many careers available in early childhood education. Graduates of the program may work with children from birth to eight years of age in a variety of settings such as child care centers, preschools, child development homes, or public and private schools. Students may elect to complete either the Educator Licensure/Transfer Pathway or the Child Care Management Pathway of the Early Childhood Education AAS. Students who intend to teach in a Pre-K through third-grade setting will need to transfer to a teacher licensure institution. In addition, this program addresses the competencies and functional areas necessary for students to begin the assessment and testing process for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential administered by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. See for additional CDA Credential requirements by the Council.

*Certificate can be earned one time.

For specific information regarding program rules and expectations, please view the Early Childhood Education & Teacher Education Programs Handbook.

Summary Sheet

The summary sheet provides a program overview and other information.

Download the summary sheet.

Curriculum Sequence

Course Title Credit
ECE-103 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
ECE-170 Child Growth and Development 3
ECE-123 Family, Teacher and Community Interaction 3

ECE-103 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is an overview of early childhood programs and curricula, historical and present, and an examination of qualities and skills necessary for working with young children.

ECE-170 - Child Growth and Development

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course reviews typical and atypical development of children from conception to adolescence in all developmental domains. Students will examine interactions between child, family and society within a variety of community and cultural contexts. The course will explore theories and evidence-based practices associated with understanding and supporting young children.

ECE-123 - Family, Teacher and Community Interaction

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course will provide an introduction to the family systems and parenting in a changing society. Principles of child development with family relationships applied to group and individual work with parents will be covered. This course will assist providers in developing skills that will help them effectively relate to parents. Topics will include: communication techniques, children's fears, discipline, nutrition, diversity, children's play and discovery as learning opportunities and school/community resources.

Amy Drew - Instructor - Early Childhood Education

AA, Southeastern Community College
BA, Iowa Wesleyan University
MS, Walden University

Bailea Grier - Instructor - Early Childhood Education

AA, Southeastern Community College
BA, University of Northern Iowa
MA, Viterbo University