Itasca Community College

As part of its mission to strengthen the position of children in our community, Itasca Community College is committed to meeting the local and regional community needs for trained childcare workers. ICC offers two program options in Early Childhood Education to meet these needs.

Associate of Science (AS) in Early Childhood Education Degree

The AS degree in Early Childhood Education is designed to provide a strong foundation of knowledge and skills for students interested in transferring to earn a four-year degree in the early childhood education field – such as an early childhood teacher, elementary teacher, or family childcare provider.

The AS degree in Early Childhood Education will be awarded for successful completion of the courses listed below. Completion of the AS degree at ICC allows you to transfer directly into the Early Childhood program at Mayville State University, with partial fulfillment of liberal arts requirements.

The prospects for employment in early childhood are excellent. According to a report by the Blandin Foundation, Itasca County was found to be short on quality childcare for working parents. The Blandin Foundation has been involved in supporting the Child Development Certificate and the AS degree program in early childhood education to fulfill these needs. The children in these settings will benefit from caregivers who understand child development and are specialists in early childhood education.

Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate

The purpose of this program is to enhance the quality of childcare by defining, evaluating, and recognizing the competence of childcare providers. The program has been developed to address the six national competency goals and standards for the National CDC. Candidates can receive their CDC in any of the following three areas: Center-Based Preschool Setting, Center-Based Infant/Toddler Setting, and Family Childcare Setting. Students will have the opportunity to gain experience through an onsite practicum in area early childhood programs. This experience, along with coursework, will prepare students with a strong foundation for working with young children in the community.

The CDA certificate is geared to both traditional and non-traditional students actively engaged in professional work with early childhood.

Unique Components of the Programs

One unique program attribute is the professional involvements students have through on-site teaching practicums in Itasca County. Opportunities are available for students to gain credit and experience through the practicum. In addition, the courses are scheduled in the evenings and as a hybrid (partially online) which allows them to be made available to working students. Scholarships are available to support students completing the Early Childhood Education program.

Contact Information

For more information, students are welcome to come for a visit, sit in on a class, and meet with the program coordinator and/or current students. For more information, contact Christine Mutchler at (218) 322-2352 or

To register for courses, call the Records & Admissions Office at Itasca Community College: (218) 327-4468 or 1-800-996-6422, ext. 4468.

CDA Courses

Fall Semester (7 credits)
Psyc 1202 Children’s Development and Learning – 3 cr
Psyc 1207 Children’s Health, Safety & Nutrition – 3 cr
Psyc 1106 Psychology Practicum – 1 cr

Spring Semester (8 credits)
Psyc 1205 Relations and Management – 3 cr
Psyc 1206 Parent and Professional Relations – 3 cr
Psyc 1106 Psychology Practicum – 2/15

AS Early Childhood Education
64 credits/Program Plan
Semester One 16 credits
Psyc 1202 Child Development and Learning – 3 cr
Psyc 1207 Children’s Health, Nutrition and Safety – 3 cr (elective)
Engl 1101 Expository Writing – 4 cr
MCS 1101 Intro to Indian Studies/ or Gen. Ed. – 3 cr
Csci 1120 Intro to Computer Science – 3 cr

Semester Two 16 credits
Psyc 1101 General Psychology or Sociology – 3 cr
Psyc 1206 Parent and Professional Relations – 3 cr
Psyc 1205 Relations and Management – 3 cr
Engl 1113 Research Writing – 3 cr
Spch 1121 Intercultural/Interpersonal Communications – 3 cr
Psyc 1106 Practicum – 1-2 cr

Semester Three 16 credits
Psyc 2130 Infant/Toddler Development w/ lab – 3 cr
Soc 2140 Society/Family Dynamics – 3 cr
Biol 1101 Human Biology – 4 cr
Art 1201 Humanities – 3 cr
Math 1101 Contemporary Math – 3 cr

Semester Four 16 credits
Psyc 2202 Preschool Internship – 4 cr
Educ 3100 Intro to Foundations (Genl 2199 – ICC) – 3 cr
Educ 3110 Educational Psychology – 3 cr
Educ 3670 Intro to Foundations of Early Childhood Ed – 3 cr
Psyc 1201 Human Growth and Development – 3 cr


Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Blandin Foundation

Mayville State University