Education: Early Childhood Studies - Additional Program Information
||Credit Hours Required
|Associate of Applied Science
||Education: Early Childhood Studies
||Health & Public Services Department
The Education: Early Childhood Studies courses at Macomb focus on development (social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and language) and the principles of developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) as they relate to academic disciplines and planning authentic learning opportunities and environments for children ages zero through eight years old. Emphasis is placed on authentic observation and assessment, curriculum planning, components of quality care, building positive reciprocal relationships with families and maintaining a commitment to professionalism. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in 2014, Macomb Community College’s Education: Early Childhood program prepares students to work with diverse populations in a variety of roles in early care and education settings. Students participate in field observations and interactions throughout all levels of courses concluding with their final semester placement teaching in a practicum setting. Macomb’s foundational undergraduate courses articulate and transfer to many colleges and universities with bachelor’s degree programs in child development, early childhood education, or elementary teaching certification. Students may be eligible for financial aid and or the Michigan T.E.A.C.H. scholarship.
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
1. Communicate their knowledge of child development.
2. Develop respectful and reciprocal relationships with families and the community.
3. Use responsible observation and documentation for authentic assessment of children’s abilities to share with families and guide curriculum.
4. Demonstrate their ability to plan environments and programming that is inclusive and developmentally appropriate for every child.
5. Apply knowledge of academic disciplines to design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for each and every young child.
6. Demonstrate positive prosocial behavior while managing the behaviors of a group of young children.
7. Function independently, without supervision, in an early learning environment directing children and employing teaching skills.
8. Engage in continual professional development and become advocates for children, families, colleagues and the profession.
9. Participate in field experiences in at least two of the three early childhood age groups (birth-age 3, 3-5, 5-8).
Requirements & Specific Information:
Students are required to have a criminal background check, DHS clearance, and a physical with a TB test before beginning observations or practicum experiences. Student health care is not provided by the college or observation or practicum site.
Students must achieve grade “C” or better, or grade “Pass” (if the course is a Pass/Fail course) for all the Core and the General Education courses which are prerequisites and/or considered a part of this program. Other General Education courses which are not part of the program, but are required for the degree, require only a passing grade.
The Associate of Applied Science degree in Education: Early Childhood Studies Program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), 1313 L St. NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20005, 202.232.8777, www.naeyc.org.