Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Education programs are often a child’s first educational experience (ages 0-5), providing an opportunity to set a child’s life-long learning patterns in a positive direction.
A Variety of Age Groups
Early Childhood Program Options
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.
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, early childhood associate degree holders are qualified to open a child care business or hold a director position 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.