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.

Program Statistics

Program Overview

  • Program begins in August
  • Program admits 20 students each year
  • Accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Certificates & Degrees

Career Opportunities

  • Child care centers
  • Head Start and early start programs
  • Preschools
  • Government and educational services
  • Amusement and recreation industries
  • Self employment
  • Civic and social organizations
Minimum Test Scores
SAT English: 360 Math: 320
rSAT English: 360 Math: 360
ACT English: 14 Math: 14
ALEKS Math: 14
AccuPlacer English: 53
COMPASS Writing: 55 Pre-Algebra: 38

Program Information Sheet (pdf)

Cost of Attendance

Fees apply to the current Idaho State University fee schedule which includes mandatory student health insurance. Students with existing health insurance coverage may waive student health insurance. Waivers are available at

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.


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209