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The early childhood education program (ECED) at Ivy Tech embraces the idea that learning is more meaningful when engaging in classroom activities. Students explore concepts supported by best practices and theories in ECED through the creation of hands-on learning experiences and curriculum that meet the needs of infants, toddlers, and young children.
Median Early Childhood Education Salary in Indiana
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Annual Early Childhood Education Salary Range
$22,141 - $44,148
Wage data taken from U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: Indiana. (2021).

The early childhood education program focuses on childhood development and growth as well as adult-child relationships. It emphasizes appropriate environments and care for children as well as the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive areas of early childhood development. Childhood education courses are instructed in a variety of settings such as traditional classrooms, online classes, on-campus labs, and field experiences.

From on-campus labs to community learning opportunities, the early childhood education program gives students a chance to practice and analyze their emerging skills. Students take their skills to real early childhood education settings, earning real world experiences with children, community members, and current educators. This program includes various service learning experiences, providing students with a sense of community.

The ECED program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC standards focus on providing high-quality educational and developmental experiences for children, birth through 8 years old.

Our Graduates

Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education graduates can seamlessly transfer to a four-year institution through our Transfer as a Junior program. To learn more about our Transfer as a Junior program, and how it can save you money, visit our TSAP page. Keep in mind, you will also need to be admitted to the four-year institution where you plan to transfer. Admission is not guaranteed just by enrolling in a Transfer as a Junior program.

Transfer Partners

If you want to continue your education after completing your degree, we have several four-year transfer partnership in place. Talk to your transfer advocate for more information about transfer opportunities and how you can earn a bachelor's degree in various fields such as elementary education.

Degrees & Certificates

Please select from our list of certificates, technical certificates, and degrees below for class and location information. More information is available on each degree and certificate option in the dropdown above.

Academic Catalog: Review the program degree requirements and course descriptions.


Early Childhood Administration
(21 credit hours = 1-2 semesters)

Early Childhood Education CDA Process
(18 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Technical Certificate

Technical Certificate
(30 credit hours = 2 semesters)


Associate of Applied Science
(60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

Associate of Applied Science - Distance Education
(60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

Transfer Degree

Associate of Science TSAP 
(60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.

Completion Guides

Completion guides provide the recommended path to graduation, broken out by 8-week term. Courses are also numbered to show an overall number for students taking fewer classes at a time. Please consult with your advisor to determine which classes are the best option for you to take.

Associate of Science  - Early Childhood Education - Transfer as a Junior (TSAP)

Associate of Applied Science - Early Childhood Education - CDA Track

Associate of Applied Science - Early Childhood Education - Non-CDA Track

Technical Certificate - Early Childhood Education

Program Locations

Early Childhood Education programs are offered at the Ivy Tech campuses above.

The Early Childhood Education programs at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana are accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, The accreditation terms vary by individual campus. 

NAEYC Annual Report Outcome Measures