School of Education
Early Childhood Education
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Lake Superior State University early childhood education program is designed to meet the National Association for the Education of Young Children standards for professional preparation as well as the Michigan Department of Education standards of quality for prekindergarten. Upon completion of this program graduates qualify as directors or lead teachers in early childhood programs licensed by the State of Michigan.
Students earning a Bachelor degree in early childhood will spend over 500 hours in field experiences beginning with the first class you take in early childhood. Students will have guided field experience with infants and toddlers, preschoolers, children with special needs as well as parents and community agencies through collaborative field placement in local early childhood programs.
Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education:
Lake Superior State University offers an associate degree in early childhood education for students wishing to meet the state standards of highly qualified paraprofessionals for public schools, assistant teachers for state funded preschools and Head Start programs or for caregivers in infant-toddlers Early Head Start. Students earning an associate degree can transition to a bachelor degree easily by applying associate degree credits toward the bachelor program.
Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education:
Lake Superior State University early childhood education program prepares professionals to provide high quality education and care for children birth through age eight in variety settings. Students will be qualified to work in private early childhood programs, state funded preschool programs, such as Great Start Readiness preschool and federally funded Head Start programs.
Elementary Education Majors with a ZS endorsement:
Earning a ZS endorsement on your elementary education teaching certificate qualifies you to teach children birth through age eight in preschool and Head Starts, and general and special education students in preschool through age seven. Earning the specialization in early childhood provides you with specific teaching strategies needed to respond to the challenges of teaching our youngest children in developmentally appropriate ways while setting them on a life long course for success.
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