The student who completes the coursework in Early Childhood Education will be able to: 1) Establish and maintain a safe and healthy learning environment based on developmentally appropriate practice; 2) Utilize strategies that are sensitive to issues of diversity to establish and maintain positive guidance with children and productive relationships with families and the community; 3) Understand and apply the principles of child development and assessment to ensure program development in support of children's physical, intellectual, and socio-emotional needs; 4) Maintain a commitment to professionalism in support of family life and work; 5) Utilize strategies to manage an effective program operation.
Total Credits Required
This coursework meets the Michigan child care licensing requirement of 12 credit hours in child development or early childhood education, or 60 college credits for program/child care center directors. This coursework also meets the 120 clock hours of formal education required for those independently pursuing the CDA Credential from the Council for Early Childhood Recognition.
High school diploma or GED; admission to one of the colleges in the Michigan Community College Virtual Learning Collaborative
Most courses use either Blackboard or Educator. Both are online classroom portals.
Specific Technology Requirements
A Pentium PC or PowerMac with at least 256Mb
A fast, reliable connection is required.
A personal e-mail account is required.
Current version of a standard web browser such as Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, or Firefox / Mozilla.
Jo-Anna Kolodziej, North Central Michigan College; Rebecca Brinks, Grand Rapids Community College
Michigan community colleges have articulation agreements with many 4-year colleges and universities to ensure that selected courses taken at a community college will count toward the identified degree programs at the transfer university. Students planning to get a bachelor's degree eventually should work with an academic advisor at their home college to identify courses which will be sure to transfer.
If you are not a resident of Michigan, visit http://vcampus.mccvlc.org/index.asp?dir=%27welcome%27&content=%27InfoOutStateStud.asp%27 for more information.For specific computer requirements visit http://vcampus.mccvlc.org/index.asp?dir=%27welcome%27&content=%27TechReq.asp%27