Early Childhood Teacher Licensure Transfer Major

Early childhood teachers guide the learning of young children in their formative years. The Early Childhood Teacher Licensure Transfer Major provides a broad education in the liberal arts, with an emphasis in childhood development and education, preparing you to transfer to a four-year institution.

Students who complete this Associate in Arts (AA) program are not eligible for Iowa teacher licensure. Students must transfer to a four-year institution in order to complete a bachelor’s degree and a state-approved teacher preparation program. The Early Childhood Teacher Licensure Transfer Major was designed in conjunction with the Iowa Regents Universities to assist students who wish to transfer into elementary education programs with an endorsement in early childhood education.

Earn your AA degree in Early Childhood Teacher Licensure before transferring to a regent university (Iowa State University or University of Northern Iowa) to complete your bachelor’s degree. Completion of an AA degree at Iowa Lakes will satisfy the required general education prerequisites at the regent of your choosing. Gain knowledge in introductory early education courses such as Children’s Literature, Math for Elementary Teachers, and Technology in the Classroom.

By earning this degree, you’ll have met the general course requirements for a specific major of a four-year institution and a transfer major recorded on your transcripts from Iowa Lakes. Requirements may vary among institutions so students should work with an advisor to become familiar with specific requirements of the institution which they plan to transfer.

To earn a Transfer Major Degree, a student must complete all required coursework of that specific major and maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher.

Students who plan to complete their general AA or AS and have a TRANSFER OPTION should contact the college or university to which they plan to transfer to assure that that core  courses they take will transfer into their planned major.

Faculty Contact

Melissa Regelstad
Professor | Early Childhood Education
712-852-5289 | mregelstad@iowalakes.edu

Program Details


DEGREE: Associate of Arts (64 credits)

CAMPUS: Emmetsburg & Online

Did You Know?

First Year University GPA: 2.63

Average Retention One Year After Transferring to a Regent University: 78%

Average University Graduation Rates Three Years After Entry to a Regent University: 56%


Term 1

Credits: 3

Teaches the criteria for choosing the best children’s literature and applies that criteria to evaluating materials to be used in the classroom.

Credits: 3

Emphasis on expository and argumentative writings including a review of usage and mechanics.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory score on the ACT, Accuplacer, ASSET,COMPASS as determined by Iowa Lakes policy

Credits: 3

Study of national foundations, colonial background, revolution, confederation and institutions; nationalism and expansion. The growth of democracy and war plus reconstruction are analyzed.

Credits: 3

Review of basic fundamentals of government including federalism, the political process, the presidency, the congress and the judicial system.

Credits: 3

Studies human development from conception through the lifes­pan. Physical, emotional, social, cognitive and moral aspects are studied in the classroom, by lecture, file/video, projects, and observation and by reading the literature.

Credits: 1

Students master the academic and personal skills needed to suc­ceed in higher education and in life. Content will cover academic, communication and life management skills. Goal setting, time management, note taking, test taking and how to be a lifelong learner will also be covered.

Choose HIS 151 or POL 111
Plus Math: 3 credits

Term 2

Credits: 3

CSC-110 is an introductory course that surveys a variety of topics to include history, hardware, software, terminology, com­munications, computer ethics, and societal impact of computers. In addition to computer literacy, students will complete hands-on modules using operating systems, word processing, database, presentation, and spreadsheet software; such as Microsoft Office programs.

Credits: 3

This course is an introductory course designed to provide the student with an overview of the field of special education and the policies and programs established for the education of students with various learning abilities. It includes an analysis of characteristics of persons with disabilities, behavior disorders, talented and gifted students, persons with mental health disabilities, and those who have physiological disorders such as asthma. This course is required for teacher licensure in Iowa. Students will complete 25 clock hours in a K-12 Special Education Setting.

Credits: 3

Continuation of ENG 105 with emphasis on research and docu­mentation as well as literary analysis.

Prerequisites: ENG 105 – Composition I

Credits: 3

Basic mathematical content pertinent to elementary teaching.Topics include problem solving, set theory, number systems and bases, number theory, informal geometry, measurement and elementary probability, and statistics. Does not count toward the mathematics requirement for the AA or A.S. degree.

Plus Humanities: 3 credits

Term 3

Credits: 3

Technology in the Classroom introduces prospective teacher-prep candidates and other interested students to a variety of digital tools and Internet resources along with best practices in the use of tools and technologies for classroom related functions and issues.

Plus Humanities: 3 credits
Plus Math: 3 credits
Plus Science: 4 credits
Plus Social Behavioral Science: 3 credits

Term 4

Credits: 3

The fundamentals course develops the basic skills involved in a variety of communication situations, including oral presentations and interpersonal speaking.  Emphasis is placed on organization, audience analysis, vocal and physical delivery, listening, nonverbal communication, critical thinking, and methods of dealing with communication apprehension through class discussion and activities.

Credits: 3

This course examines both the theoretical and practical basis of speech communication, particularly public speaking. Emphasis is placed on speech preparation, organization, support, delivery, and audience analysis.

Credits: 3

Examines how humans communicate in one-on-one situations through personal and professional relationships.

Choose either SPC 101, SPC 112, or SPC 122
Plus Science: 4 credits
Plus Electives: 10 credits