To work effectively with children, early childhood educators must be sensitive to and understand the developmental stages of children. This curriculum contains theoretical and practical experiences to prepare students to work in early childhood programs in a variety of settings. The required field experiences expose students to best practices in early childhood education.
Students who satisfactorily complete all college and program requirements qualify for an Associate in Applied Science degree.
Students in the Early Childhood Education program must adhere to the Code of Ethics of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Council for Exceptional Children along with the Early Childhood Education and Special Education Department policies. For field experience courses, students must earn a minimum grade of 2.5 to pass the course. Students have only two attempts at completing ECE 130, ECE 140 and ECE 260. Students who are not successful with the second attempt are not eligible to remain in the program. Early Childhood Education and Special Education Department policies are provided to the student in their field experience courses.
The Children’s Center at Schoolcraft College is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC—the foremost authority in the care of children, birth through age eight). The accreditation earned is held by only 3 percent of centers in Michigan and 7 percent of centers in the United States. The Children’s Center is our lab school for some of the early childhood courses with field experiences and observations. For more information about accreditation please contact: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 1313 L. Street N.W., Suite 500, Washington, DC 2005-4101 1-800-424-2460 www.naeyc.org/accreditation
Not all courses are offered each semester. Students should work with an academic advisor to develop a schedule that will work for them. Students planning to transfer should check the transfer institution’s requirements/guides or discuss their options with an academic advisor. Number of credits may vary depending on the course selection.
Schoolcraft program code # AAS.00020
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First Year - Fall Semester
Total Credits: 14-15
First Year - Winter Semester
Total Credits: 17
Second Year - Fall Semester
Total Credits: 17
Second Year - Winter Semester
Total Credits: 14 - 18
Program Total: 62-67 Credits