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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education


Students completing this program will earn the Associate of Science degree and will be prepared to work at Head Start or other preschool settings as a teacher, paraprofessional, or child care provider. Students intending to continue for a Bachelor’s degree should carefully check with their advisor regarding the requirements of their planned transfer college.  

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Early Childhood Education program, students will be able to:

  • Provide developmentally appropriate learning environments.
  • Demonstrate culturally sensitive relationship-building techniques for engaging diverse families in their children’s learning.
  • Use child assessment information to design programs/practices for young children.
  • Use developmentally appropriate approaches for teaching and learning.
  • Apply competencies of an early child professional.
  • Engage in informed advocacy for children and the profession.

Early Childhood Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements

EN102 College Composition I (3 Credits)

EN202 College Composition II (3 Credits)

Lab Science Elective (4 Credits)

Mathematics Elective (Choose MA103 or higher) (4 Credits)

Humanities Elective (Choose any non-OS humanities-designated course) (4 Credits)

Social Science Elective (Choose any non-AS or PY social science-designated course) (4 Credits)

LS103 College Success Seminar or LS133 Online College Success (2 credits)

Subtotal 24

Anishinaabe Awareness Requirements

OS110 Ojibwa Language & Culture I or AS102 Anishinaabe Values and Philosophy (4 Credits)

Anishinaabe Awareness Elective (At least two credits of electives must be designated Anishinaabe Awareness; may be duplicate credits)

Subtotal 4

Environmental Science Requirements

CE101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3 Credits)

PY101 Psychology (4 Credits)

PY210 Child Psychology (4 Credits)

CE110 Developmentally Appropriate Programming and Practice (3 Credits)

CE115 Child Guidance (3 Credits)

CE218 Creative Teaching Methods (3 Credits)

CE220 Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education (3 Credits)

CE223 Children’s Literature (3 Credits)

CE237 Children with Special Needs (3 Credits)

CE275 ECE Practicum (2 Credits)

CE297 Capstone Seminar (3 Credits)

Early Childhood Electives (Choose from HL201, CE111, CE207, CE290, CE299 with approval of project plan, OS225 or SO201) (3 Credits)

Subtotal 37

Total Credits Required 65

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