Designed for students seeking teacher certification with an early childhood endorsement, this program focuses on teaching young children, pre-school through grade 3. Most students continue their studies at the university level; however, upon completion of the program students are eligible for work in the various education and child care professions as para-professionals, assistant early childhood teachers, and as individual exceptional child assistants. Graduates wishing to pursue a bachelor's degree may transfer most, if not all, of the course work toward that degree.
- Apply current educational theories and practices to a classroom setting.
- Apply humanities concepts within the pre-kindergarten through middle school classroom.
- Apply knowledge of the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development theories of the learner in a school setting.
- Apply knowledge of the exceptionalities, learning environments, and laws as they relate to special education programs.
- Develop lesson plans implementing educational software for grades P-8.
- Analyze elementary and middle school mathematics at the level necessary for teaching.
- Construct scientific knowledge using inquiry-based techniques.
- Follow appropriate health, physical education, nutrition, and safety practices for P-8 classrooms.
- Pre-school lead teacher
- Au Pair
- Assistant child pre-school teacher
- Assistant pre-school coordinator
- Child development center support staff
- In home and hospital educational assistant
- Public school para-professional
- Substitute teacher
Individuals working in child development centers must provide evidence of a current physical exam, current TB test, and Department of Social Services (FIA) clearance.
See General Education Requirements for details.
|Course name||Credit Hours|
|CHD-201: Child Development: Introduction to Creative Child Care||3.00|
|CHD-202: Child Development CDA Portfolio/Assessment Preparation||3.00|
|EDU-201: Introduction to Education||3.00|
|EDU-202: Introduction to Education Practicum||1.00|
|HPE-262: Health and Physical Education for Elementary Educators||3.00|
|EDU-256: Educational Psychology||3.00|
|EDU-295: Exceptional Children in Early Childhood||3.00|
|MATH-121: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I||3.00|
|MATH-221: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II||3.00|
|CIS-221: Instructional Technology for Educators (Pre K-12)||3.00|
Education Support: Complete one*:
- *Computer Technology: Consult your advisor, counselor, or transfer institution, for transfer institution major/minor requirements.
- *Humanities: Consult your advisor, counselor, or transfer institution, for transfer institution major/minor requirements.
- *Education Support: Students electing to take POLS-131 instead of EDU-260 may complete any additional 100-level, or higher, credits to complete this degree instead of a Social Science course. Students who complete EDU-260 instead of POLS-131 must complete any one different discipline Social Science course.
- *Natural Science: Consult your advisor, counselor, or transfer institution, for transfer institution major/minor requirements.
|Course name||Credit Hours|
|ENG-131: Introduction to College Writing||3.00|
|ENG-132: College Writing and Research||3.00|
Mathematics: Complete one course from the list below or any other higher level math course from the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) list. See General Education Requirements for details.
|PSY-131: Introductory Psychology||3.00|
|PSY-152: Child Psychology||3.00|
- *Mathematics: MATH-115 is highly recommended for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC).