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Early Childhood Studies

Education: Early Childhood Studies

Macomb’s Education: 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.


Outcome Measure #1: The Number of Program Completers

Academic Year Number of program completers % of program completers who were attending full-time (at the time of completion) % of program completers who were attending part-time (at the time of completion)
2017 - 2018 20 0 (0%) 20 (100%)
2018 - 2019 32 2 (6%) 30 (94%)
2019 - 2020 16 1 (6%) 15 (94%)


Outcome Measure #2: The Program Completion Rate

Academic year in which a Fall cohort of full-time candidates enrolled in the program Percentage of those candidates who completed the program within 150% of the published timeframe Percentage of those candidates who completed the program within 200% (twice) of the published timeframe
2013 - 2014 19% 33%
2014 - 2015 10% 19%
2015 - 2016 25% 33%


Outcome Measure #2: The Program Completion Rate

Academic Year % of Part-Time Candidates Enrolled in the Program (% of Total Enrollment) Retention Rate among Part-Time Candidates % of Full-Time Candidates Enrolled in the Program (% of Total Enrollment) Retention Rate among Full-Time Candidates
2017 - 2018 84% 53% 16% 68%

2018 - 2019

85% 40% 15% 40%
2019 - 2020 81% 40% 19%


The A.A.S. Education: Early Childhood Studies at Macomb Community College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, The accreditation term runs from Spring 2013 through Spring 2020.

Top 3 Reasons to Choose Macomb for Education: Early Childhood Studies

  1. Save $20,000 by starting here - over 80% of our students leave debt free
  2. Nearly 250 private and transfer scholarships available
  3. Access to job placement through Career Services

Education: Early Childhood Studies Courses at Macomb

  • Early Childhood Development
  • Infant-Toddler Development & Curriculum
  • Early Childhood Curriculums
  • The Arts in Early Education
  • Family, School and Community
  • Child Care Management
  • Planning and Teaching the Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Guidance and Behavior
  • The Exceptional Child
  • Advocacy for Educators
  • Early Childhood Practicum
  • Early Childhood Practicum Seminar

Career Opportunities in Education: Early Childhood Studies

Macomb has teamed up with Burning Glass Technologies to provide you with the most up-to-date information on the careers that you will be qualified for upon successful completion of this program.

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Career Services

Macomb’s Career Services is your bridge from education to employment. It offers a variety of free resources, including skill and interest assessments, resume building, success workshops, job placement and more.

Transfer Pathways

The credits earned in Macomb’s Education: Early Childhood Studies (ECHS) 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, to speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.


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.

Technical Standards for Admission, Progression and Graduation

The goal of the Health and Public Services Division is to prepare every student to think critically and practice competently and compassionately in rapidly changing environments. All efforts are designed to build knowledge, enhance practical skills, and promote patient and the population’s safety. Furthermore, the program is designed to foster professional integrity and ultimately improve the health outcomes and protection of patients, families, and communities across the continuum of care and practice. Students must possess certain functional abilities, essential for the delivery of safe, effective clinical care and protection of the public during clinical and internship training activities in the field. Therefore, the faculty has determined that certain technical standards are required for admission to, progression in, and graduation from the Health and Public Services (HPS) programs.

In addition to classroom learning, clinical and internship learning occurs throughout the HPS programs and involves considerations (such as patient and population safety and clinical and internship facility safety) that are not present in classroom accommodations. Applicants or students interested in HPS programs who seek accommodations prior to or immediately after enrolling in the college are highly encouraged to also request an assessment of the types of reasonable accommodations needed for the clinical and or internship components of the program.

An individual must be able to independently, with or without reasonable accommodation, meet the following technical standards of general abilities: (1) observation;
(2) communication; (3) motor skills; (4) intellectual, conceptual, and quantitative abilities; (5) essential behavioral and social attributes; and (6) ability to manage stressful situations. Individuals unable to meet these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation will not be able to complete the programs and are counseled to pursue alternative careers.

SPECIAL SERVICES STATEMENT: Students may individually discuss the essential functions and technical standards with a college counselor from our Special Services department. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American Disability Act of 1991, academic accommodations may be provided to students who have a documented disability.

For further information, visit Special Services.

How do I find out more about the Education: Early Childhood Studies program?

For more information, contact the Early Childhood Studies program advisor: Instructor Lisa Boni, at

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