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Catalog 2019-20

Early Childhood Education Certificate

The Early Childhood Education Certificate program provides an educational foundation for understanding children’s development and children’s needs. The program emphasizes helping students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to plan developmentally appropriate learning environments, nurturing strategies and activities for children which promote their physical, intellectual, social and emotional growth and well-being.

Students who satisfactorily complete the program requirements qualify for a certificate of program completion.

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 and Special Education department policies. Prior to the start of field placement hours in ECE 130 and ECE 140 students must present to their instructor the following:

• Michigan Department of Human Services Central Registry Clearance. The Michigan’s Central Registry is a list of people who committed child abuse or neglect; as defined by The Child Protection Law.

• Michigan background check based upon requirements from the State of Michigan for Child Care Licensing. Schoolcraft College will complete the I-CHAT background check for each student.

• A current (within one year of their first day of their field experience) TB test with negative results.

• Students who do not pass clearance by the Michigan Department of Human Services, the background check and/or the TB required test are not permitted in programs in the Early Childhood and Special Education Department.

Students must successfully pass courses with field experiences with a grade of a 2.5 in order to be eligible to earn credit for the course. Students who do not pass the course at the second attempt may not remain in the program.

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 # 1YC.00031
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Sample Plan

First Year - Fall Semester

Total Credits: 11

First Year - Winter Semester

Total Credits: 8

First Year - Spring Session

Total Credits: 8

Program Total: 27 Credits

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