Associate of Applied Science ∙ Program Code: 280 · Credit Hours: 60-61 · Contact Hours: 61-63
Associate Dean: Sara Glasgow ∙ Coordinator: Jo-Anna Kolodziej
The Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science program prepares students for immediate entry into the workforce educating and caring for young children in a variety of settings. Graduates are prepared to teach in Head Start programs, preschools, childcare centers and primary grade classrooms as instructional aides. Graduates are also prepared to be child care center directors. Early Childhood Education professionals have specialized training in the care and education of children birth to age eight.
This degree also prepares students for transfer to Baccalaureate programs in early childhood education in human services AND elementary teacher education with a major or minor in early childhood education (Elementary Teacher Certification Option II). This degree allows students to complete their MACRAO agreement for general education coursework and transfer into Baccalaureate programs in early childhood education, family life studies, social work, and elementary education option II. Upon graduation, students will have approximately 200 hours of combined observation and participation experience in early childhood classrooms.
Early Childhood Education students will need to have transportation to and from field placements, meet state licensing health and safety requirements for adults working with children in early childhood classrooms, pass a background check, and perform within the guidelines of the participating agencies during field placements in ECE 282 - ECE Practicum/Seminar (7 credit hours) . Students are required to meet with the Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator for the required paperwork and program audit prior to enrollment in ECE 282 - ECE Practicum/Seminar (7 credit hours) .
A Baccalaureate in Early Childhood Education is available through Lake Superior State University on the campus of North Central Michigan College. A list of required courses, which includes the NCMC AAS ECE degree, is provided on a curriculum guide sheet. Students can contact the Early Childhood Education Coordinator (231) 439-6224, LSSU's Petoskey office at (231) 348-6623, or Student Services (231) 348-6605, for the LSSU B.S. curriculum guide sheet.
A Baccalaureate in Elementary Education with a minor in early childhood education is available through Spring Arbor University on the campus of North Central Michigan College. A list of required prerequisites, incorporating the NCMC ECE AAS degree, is available through the Spring Arbor University Center office at (231) 439-6203, the NCMC Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator (231) 439-6224, or Student Services (231) 348-6605.