Early Childhood Education
Early childhood educators teach children birth to age five. Early Childhood programs are often a child’s first educational experience, providing an opportunity to set a child’s life long learning patterns in a positive direction.
A Variety of Age Groups
Infants and Toddlers
Early childhood educators who wish to work with our youngest population, infants, will find themselves rocking, reading and cuddling those babies right into toddlerhood. An infant teacher enjoys watching the daily discovers of young babies as they move toward toddlerhood. Toddler teachers provide two and three year old children with the skills for school readiness, such as confidence, imagination, curiosity, and love of learning, while establishing some foundation skills in language, math, science and reading.
Infants and toddlers need nurturing adults who offer secure attachments and consistent relationships while parents are at work or school. Patience, a sense of humor and respect for young children are characteristics of successful teachers of infants and toddlers.
Preschool is more than learning the ABC’s and 123’s, it’s about growing a love for learning at a time when children are most excited to learn. Preschool teachers design developmentally appropriate environments and provide support and guidance for young children as they prepare for formal learning environments of elementary school. A great early childhood experience leads a child to a great elementary experience. Early childhood teachers have an opportunity to provide a solid foundation of skills which will last the child a life-time. Great preschool teachers gravitate toward teaching the academics through exploration, sometimes messy, sometimes loud but always serious fun.
Associate Degree In Early Childhood
Before enrolling in any program you may want to know what the degree means for employment. An associate degree in early childhood education provides you with a credential to become a lead teacher in an infant-toddler or preschool childcare setting, an assistant teacher in Head Start, Great Start Readiness Preschool or a paraprofessional in elementary school. In the State of Michigan you are qualified to open your own child care business or a director in a private childcare business.
Most students earn an associate degree in two years. Many students continue on to earn a four year bachelor degree.
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Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education
Graduates are prepared to provide high quality education and care for children birth through age eight in a variety of settings. Students will be qualified to work as lead teachers and directors in private early childhood programs, state funded preschool programs, such as Great Start Readiness preschool and federally funded Head Start programs.
Job opportunities outside a classroom setting are numerous and have a wide focus. Students have become children’s program directors at summer camps, on cruise boats, work as child life specialist in health care facilities, become nannies or start child care or preschool businesses of their own. Other job possibilities include parent educator, before and after school teacher, social worker assistant, children’s museum directors, children’s library assistants, recreation programs teachers for swimming, dance art or gymnastics and children’s book authors.
“The hands on field experience, small class sizes, and passion for teaching seen in the professors prepared me and gave me confidence as I began my own journey as a teacher. No matter where my career takes me, I will always have LSSU to thank for getting me started.” Cassie Brege, 2107 Outstanding Early Childhood Educator Of the Year.
Final practicum at Superior Start School Readiness Center.