Early Childhood Education (ASA)

with Michigan Transfer Agreement

Source: MCC 2021-22 Catalog

Description
The curriculum aligns with the NAEYC standards, the Council for Professional Recognition (CDA) and the Michigan Early Childhood Core Knowledge and Competencies.

Students are focused on understanding the development of children from birth to eight years of age through hands-on practical fieldwork and classroom instruction. An emphasis will be placed on an anti-bias curriculum covering the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social domains of development. Students will be prepared for the Child Development Associate (CDA) assessment process, as part of the national credential recognized by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. The degree prepares students to be preschool teachers, childcare center directors, Head Start teachers, teacher aides and classroom assistants. In addition, it fulfills the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) requirement as part of continued education towards the Birth- Kindergarten and Pre-K-3rd teaching grade bands towards an elementary studies degree.

Accreditation
The Associate in Science and Arts in Early Childhood Education at Muskegon Community College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, www.naeyc.org. The accreditation term runs from April 2022-April 2024.

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Career Opportunities
 A wide variety of potential jobs with the associate degree only may include preschool assistant, preschool aide, nutritional aide, daycare provider, preschool teacher, home visitor, center director, and family advocate.

Salary ranges include $16,000 for classroom assistant, $28,000 for preschool teachers and $42,000 for center directors.

Transfer paths and requirements
This program is designed for students wishing to transfer to a four-year college for a bachelor’s degree. Students planning to transfer should consult with an MCC counselor.

Full-Time and Part-Time Options
Listed below are four options for earning the degree:

TWO-YEAR PLAN FOR FULL-TIME STUDENTS

Course Credits Contact Hours Semester(s) Offered Comments
ENG 101 English Composition 3 3 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online Prerequisite: Ready To Succeed and ENG 091 with a minimum grade of a “C”
ED 111A Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3 4 Fall, Winter, and Online
ED 225A Child Development

or

ED 250A Human Growth and Development

3 4 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
Math Credit * 3-4 3-4 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online Prerequisite: See Catalog
Social Relationships* 3 3 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online Prerequisite: See Catalog
Western Culture* 3 3 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online Prerequisite: See Catalog
Education Fieldwork hours 50 hours
Total Credit Hours 18-19 20-21

Course Credits Contact Hours Semester(s) Offered Comments
ED 120C Anti-Bias Curriculum 3 4 Fall, Winter and Online Prerequisite: Meet Ready to Succeed
ED  220B Early Childhood Assessment 2 3 Fall, Winter and Online Prerequisite: ED 111
ENG 102 English Composition 3 3 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a minimum grade of “C”
Computer Competency 1-3 1-3 Pass MCC’s Computer Competency test, or pass any CIS class with a grade of “C” or better
Science (Lab)* 4 6-7 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online Prerequisite: See Catalog
ED 211 Behavior Management 3 3 Winter and Online
Education Fieldwork Hours 75 hours
Total Credit Hours 16-18 20-23

Course Credits Contact Hours Semester(s) Offered Comments
ED 214A Infant and Toddler Development and Care 3 4 Fall and Online
ED 230A Children’s Literature 3 4 Fall, Winter and Online
Aesthetic Values* 3 3 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online Prerequisite: See Catalog
ED 109A Parent Child Connection 3 4 Fall, Winter and Online
Science (Non-lab)* 4 4 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online Prerequisite: See Catalog
Education Fieldwork Hours 50 hours
Total Credit Hours 16 19

Course Credits Contact Hours Semester(s) Offered Comments
ED 210 Child Care and Guidance 3 3 Winter and Online Prerequisite: Department Approval
ED 252B Child Development Practicum 3 6 Winter and Online Co-requisite: ED 210
Ethics and Logic* 3 3 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online Prerequisite: See Catalog
International Culture* 3 3 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online Prerequisite: See Catalog
American Culture* 3 3 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online Prerequisite: See Catalog
Education Fieldwork Hours 305 hours
Total Credit Hours 15 18
Minimum Credits Needed for Degree 62

* Refer to the 2021-2022 MCC Course Catalog for course options for discipline

ADDITIONAL NOTES: This degree requires a cleared background check, which may include fingerprinting and a TB clearance.  Fieldwork is required in all education courses.  Courses are offered both face to face an online and delivery varies by semester

THREE-YEAR PLAN FOR THREE-QUARTER-TIME STUDENTS

Course Credits Contact Hours Semester(s) Offered Comments
ENG 101 English Composition 4 4 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
ED 111A Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3 4 Fall, Winter, and Online
ED 225A Child Development

or

ED 250A Human Growth and Development

3 4 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
Math Credit * 3-4 3-4 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online Prerequisite: See Catalog
Education Fieldwork hours 50 hours
Total Credit Hours 13-14 15-16

Course Credits Contact Hours Semester(s) Offered Comments
ED 109A Parent Child Connection 3 4 Fall, Winter and Online
ED 230A Children’s Literature 3 4 Fall, Winter and Online
ENG 102 English Composition 3 3 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a minimum grade of “C”
Computer Competency 1-3 1-3 Pass MCC’s Computer Competency test, or pass any CIS class with a grade of “C” or better
Elective 3 3 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
Education Fieldwork Hours 50 hours
Total Credit Hours 13-15 15-17

Course Credits Contact Hours Semester(s) Offered Comments
ED 120C Anti-Bias Curriculum 3 4 Fall, Winter and Online Prerequisite: Meet Ready to Succeed
ED  220B Early Childhood Assessment 2 3 Fall, Winter and Online Prerequisite: ED 111
Social Relations* 3-4 3-4 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online Prerequisite: See Catalog
International Culture* 3 3 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online Prerequisite: See Catalog
Education Fieldwork Hours 50 hours
Total Credit Hours 11-12 13-14

Course Credits Contact Hours Semester(s) Offered Comments
ED 211A Behavior Management 3 4 Winter and Online
Aesthetic Values* 3 3 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online Prerequisite: See Catalog
Science (Lab)* 4 6-7 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online Prerequisite: See Catalog
Western Culture* 3 3 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online Prerequisite: See Catalog
American Culture* 3 3 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online Prerequisite: See Catalog
Education Fieldwork Hours 25 hours
Total Credit Hours 16 19-20

Course Credits Contact Hours Semester(s) Offered Comments
ED 214A Infant and Toddler Development and Care 3 4 Fall and Online
Ethics and Logic* 3 3 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online Prerequisite: See Catalog
Science (Non-lab)* 4 6-7 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online Prerequisite: See Catalog
Education Fieldwork Hours 25 hours
Total Credit Hours 10 13-14

Course Credits Contact Hours Semester(s) Offered Comments
ED 210 Child Care and Guidance 3 3 Winter and Online Prerequisite: Department Approval
ED 252B Child Development Practicum 3 6 Winter and Online Co-requisite: ED 210
Education Fieldwork Hours 280 hours
Total Credit Hours 6 9
Minimum Credits Needed for Degree 62

* Refer to the 2021-2022 MCC Course Catalog for course options for discipline

ADDITIONAL NOTES: This degree requires a cleared background check, which may include fingerprinting and a TB clearance.  Fieldwork is required in all education courses.  Courses are offered both face to face an online and delivery varies by semester.