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Education: Early Childhood Studies Program

It’s a fantastic program; I’ve hired a lot of people out of it. There’s just a different quality in a Macomb applicant compared with students from other schools. - Lyndsay Carey, Program Director, Above & Beyond Child Care and Education Center

What is Early Childhood Studies?

The study of early childhood extends from pre-birth through age 9 or third grade. During this time, there is rapid growth in all learning domains, including physical, cognitive, linguistic, and social-emotional.     Nearly 75 percent of brain development occurs between pre-birth and age 5.  What young children experience changes the architecture of their brain through development of neural connections. Research indicates that the environment, routine, experiences, and connection to caring adults lays a foundation for success in school as well as later in adult life.

Macomb’s Early Childhood Studies Program

Macomb’s Early Childhood Studies (ECHS) Program combines theory and practice to prepare you to work with young children and their families in a variety of childcare settings.  You will be introduced to theories of development and curriculum, which are designed to maximize a child’s development, and you will have the opportunity to gain skills interacting with children in observation and practicum settings.  The ECHS program is committed to the core values of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) that include developmentally appropriate practice, responsible and authentic assessment to guide curriculum and dedication to families and the community.

Early Childhood Studies Courses at Macomb

In the Program at Macomb, you will take a variety of courses specific to your selected major, including:

  • Early Childhood Development
  • Curriculum Skills, Birth to 3 Years
  • Early Childhood Curriculums
  • Art and Representing Skills for Children
  • Parents as Partners
  • Music and Movement for Children
  • Child Care Management
  • Planning and Teaching the Early Childhood Curriculum
  • The Exceptional Child
  • Professional Issues in Early Childhood
  • Early Childhood Practicum
  • Early Childhood Practicum Seminar

Career Opportunities with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Studies

With an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Studies, you will be qualified for positions that include:

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Lead Preschool or Infant/Toddler Teacher in many programs
  • Early Childhood Center Director

Transfer Pathways to a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies

The credits earned in Macomb’s Early Childhood Studies Program transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan and can be applied toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Additionally, several universities accept Macomb's ECHS degree towards a Bachelor's Degree in Education with the state ZS endorsement for special education.  If you intend to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree, you will need to speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.

If you intend to transfer and pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies, speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.

High quality early childhood teachers are important as the percentage of children in childcare programs expands as parents enter or continue in the workforce.

Early Childhood Studies Program Accreditation

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. The phone number for NAEYC is 202.232.8777.

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Early Childhood Studies Program?

For more information, contact the Early Childhood Studies Program advisor: Professor Kate Cole at 586.286.2190.