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Early Childhood Education

Associate in Applied Science

This program is competency based and focuses on the NAEYC Standards for Associate Degree Programs. Students who have an AAS Early Childhood Education degree are eligible for positions as classroom assistants in Head Start and Great Start School Readiness classrooms, child care center staff, family child care providers; workers in before/after school programs and various other agencies.

A current Child Abuse/Neglect Central Registry (CA/NR) clearance form must be obtained from the Michigan Department of Human Services prior to and presented in the first class meeting of all ECE classes. A copy must be on file in the Fine Arts/Social Sciences division office, MMB 2005 and updated annually.

Program Requirements

Students must earn a minimum of 2.0 in all ECE occupational specialty courses and earn a minimum of 3.0 in ECED 205 Field Work to meet graduation requirements. Students who are planning to transfer to a bachelor program may need to meet higher grade requirements for transferability. Please check the transfer guide for the institution to which you are transferring for more information.

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Program Information

This program is competency based and focuses on the NAEYC Standards for Associate Degree Programs and requires a total of 335 hours of practicum experience completed in an approved licensed program.

Degree Information

  • Credit Hours: 62
  • Contact Hours: 69 / 70

Recommended Math Pathway: MATH-120 or MATH-210

Writing Requirements: ENGL-101 and ENGL-102

Degree Pathway

Course Name Course Notes Credit
Hours
Contact
Hours
Year One
Fall
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3 3
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4 4
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4 5
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1 1
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3 3
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3 3
Total 14 14 / 15
Year One
Winter
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3 3
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3 3
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4 6
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3 3
Total 13 15
Year One
Spring / Summer
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* 3 3
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* 3 3
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^ 3 5
Total 9 11
Year Two
Fall
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and
22
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22
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35
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33
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*33
Total1315
Year Two
Winter
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34
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33
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33
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44
Total1314
Notes
* Spring Only
^ Course meets over Spring and Summer
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