Mar 23, 2023  
Catalog 2022-2023 
Catalog 2022-2023

Associate of Arts (AA) Concentration in Early Childhood Education

Associate of Arts (AA) with MTA Transfer

Program Code: 380 ∙ Credit Hours: 63-66 ∙ Contact Hours: 73-77

Dean: Michele Andrews Program Coordinator: Jennifer Wixson


Associate level early childhood education professionals have the knowledge and skills needed to immediately enter the workforce and teach and care for children birth to age eight in a variety of programs and settings. Graduates are prepared to direct and teach in child care centers, teach in public and private preschools and Head Start programs, and to serve as instructional aides in pre-kindergarten-grade 3 elementary classrooms.

Graduates are also prepared to transfer with the MTA and early childhood education coursework needed for bachelor completion programs through the University Center. Students can reference the individual guided pathway sheets for Lake Superior State University (LSSU) BS in Early Childhood Education and Spring Arbor University (SAU) Elementary Education with the ZS Endorsement. The guided pathways promote the course selections in the associate degree that will efficiently transfer to the selected senior institution bachelor completion program. There is also a guide sheet for completion of LSSU Elementary Education with the ZS Endorsement on the Lake Superior State campus.

This program is also available 100% online.

General Education Requirements: 38-41 Credit Hours

Humanities: 9 Credit Hours

ENG 240  - Introduction to Children’s Literature (3 credit hours)

And TWO (2) Additional Humanities courses from at least two (2) categories in General Education Requirements  

Science: 8-9 Credit Hours

TWO (2) Science courses from two (2) categories in General Education Requirements  

Social Science: 9-10 Credit Hours

PSY 255  - Child Psychology (3 credit hours)

And TWO (2) Additional Social Science courses from at least two (2) categories in the Social Science area in General Education Requirements  


Suggested Sequence for Full-time Students: