Code 215 - 63 Credits
The Early Childhood Education program prepares individuals to work in the early childhood education field as preschool teachers, lead infant/toddler teachers, childcare providers, home childcare providers, early childhood paraprofessionals, program directors, and assistant teachers. The program is competency-based teaching students how to design, manage, and apply developmentally appropriate programming for children ages birth to eight years based on the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards of quality for associate degree programs. Some of the potential work settings may include schools, preschools, Head Start, and non-profit organizations. Some fieldwork experience is required. This curriculum leads to an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and is designed for career entry and/or educational advancement.
The Associate in Arts, and Associates of Applied Science in Accounting, Administrative Assistant, Business Management, and Early Childhood Education are available as fully online programs. The Early Childhood Education program requires field experiences that are not offered online. Please see the Online Programs webpage for further information about the coursework required to complete these online programs.
Students who obtain an Associate degree or an Associate of Applied Science degree will be required to complete a service-learning experience. The final grade in the course must qualify for academic credit in order to receive the service-learning endorsement. Please contact an Academic Advisor for courses that offer a service-learning experience, or search in the class schedules.
Accreditation and State Board Approved
The Kellogg Community College Early Childhood Education program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children https://www.naeyc.org/accreditation.
Students should see the individual course descriptions for specific prerequisite information. All students are encouraged to contact the Early Childhood and Teacher Education department with questions. Students registering for Early Childhood Education (ECE) courses will need to successfully pass a criminal background check and a State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Child Abuse and Neglect Registry (CANR) according to College and Department policy. This CANR must be renewed every three years. Students with criminal histories are encouraged to speak with the Early Childhood and Teacher Education department before registering for ECE courses.