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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 Number Course Name Credit Hours Contact Hours
Year One
ENGL-101English Comp I 33
Intermediate Algebra
Math for Elementary Ed Teachers I
ECED-103Professional Ethics in Early Childhood Educ 11
ECED-110Applied Child Development & Family Engagement 33
ECED-199Guidance and Discipline 33
Total 1414 / 15
ENGL-102English Comp II 33
PSYC-184Exceptional People 33
ECED-201Curriculum Planning in Early Childhood 46
ECED-202Admin of Programs for Young Children 33
Total 1315
Spring / Summer
ENGL-211*Children's Storytelling 33
ECED-200*Early Childhood Learning Environments 33
ECED-203^Learning Env: Infants and Toddlers 35
Total 911
Year Two
Introduction to Environmental Science
Environmental Science Lab
ECES-204Adapt Early Child Curricula-Special Need The Special Needs Child 35
ECED-210Child Observation & Assessment 33
ECED-105*School Age Development and Education 33
Total 1315
ART.-100Early Childhood Art Education 34
COMM-131Fundamentals of Public Speaking 33
SOCY-193Marriage and the Family 33
ECED-205Field Work 44
Total 1314
November 30, 2016
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