College of Technology

Early Childhood Care & Education

Program Description

Early childhood care and education providers are responsible for meeting the specific needs of a group of children by nurturing their physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development.

  • They create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for all children.
  • They develop respectful, reciprocal relationships with families and involve families in their children's learning.
  • They use effective assessment strategies in a responsible way to positively influence children's development and learning by designing, implementing, and evaluating meaningful curriculum.

Early childhood care and education providers advocate for children and conduct themselves as members of the early childhood profession by upholding ethical and professional standards.



The A.A.S. Degree is Accredited through the National Association for the Education Young Children (NAEYC)

Certificates & Degrees

  • Post-Secondary Technical Certificate Family Child Care
  • Technical Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Associate of Applied Science Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Bachelor of Applied Technology Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Bachelor of Arts Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education Blended Certificate

Program Options & Length:

  • Program begins in August (Fall Semester)
  • Program length is 2 to 4 semesters
  • Admits 2 cohorts of 15 students each year
  • Summer Session - none

Paying for College

You may apply for financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans to help finance your college education. When you pay registration fees, you are a student of Idaho State University with the privileges and responsibilities of a college student.

Gainful Employment

Program Information
Admissions Information: Click Here
CIP Code: 190708
Certificate: Technical Certificate - Early Childhood Care & Educ

Cost of Attendance
Tuition and Fees: $6,090.00*
Books and Supplies: $279.00
Room and Board $2,862.00**
Total: $9,231.00**

Completion Time
Normal Program Length: 2 Sem.
2011-2012 Completers: 17
Number Completed in Normal Time: NR
Normal Completion Rate (from the time students enrolled at ISU): 29 %
Program Completion Rate (from the time students enrolled in program classes): 53 %

Employment Information
Jobs Related to These Programs
Occupations with each program area were identified using Department of Labor ONET Crosswalks.
Placement Rate: 94%***

Median Debt
Loan Amount:$0.00

NR On-time completion rates are not reported for programs with fewer than 10 completers in order to protect student privacy.

* Based on 2012-13 full-time, Idaho resident tuition and fee schedule.

** Based on 2012-13 double occupancy rates and 100 meal plus flex money plan.

*** Based on completer placement data from the 2011-2012 fiscal year submitted January 15, 2012 to the Idaho State Division of Professional-Technical Education (ISDPTE). Positive placement is defined by the ISDPTE as completers enrolled in the military, employed in a related training, employed in a field unrelated to training, or pursing additional education.