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Catalog 2021-22

Catalog 2021-22

Early Childhood Education Certificate

The Early Childhood Education Certificate program provides an educational foundation for understanding children’s development and children’s needs. The program emphasizes helping students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to plan developmentally appropriate learning environments, nurturing strategies and activities for children which promote their physical, intellectual, social and emotional growth and well-being.

Students who satisfactorily complete the program requirements qualify for a certificate of program completion.

Prior to the start of field placement hours, interviews at sites where children are present, observations, service learning experiences or practicums, students must:

  • have a clear criminal background check
  • obtain Michigan Central Registry Clearance from the Michigan Department of Human Services
  • ·obtain a current TB test

Students who are not cleared through a criminal background check and by the Michigan Department of Human Services will not be permitted in the ECE/SPE programs.  Some field placement/practicum sites may have additional requirements prior to starting an experience/practicum.

Students are expected to follow the ECE/SPE program policies, abide by the National Association for the Education of Young Children Code of Ethical Conduct, follow field placement policies and conduct themselves appropriately in the presence of children, families, and professionals during field placements/practicums. In order to receive an Early Childhood Education Certificate students need to obtain a grade of 2.0 or higher in ECE 135 and ECE 145.

Not all courses are offered each semester. Students should work with an academic advisor to develop a plan of study that works for them. Students planning to transfer are advised to check the transfer institution’s requirements/guides and discuss their options with an academic advisor. Number of credits may vary depending on the course selection. 

Schoolcraft program code # 1YC.00031
Download the Curriculum Guide (PDF)

Sample Plan

First Year - Fall Semester

Total Credits: 11

First Year - Winter Semester

Total Credits: 11

First Year - Spring Session

Total Credits: 5

Program Total: 27 Credits

* In order to receive an Early Childhood Education Certificate students need to obtain a grade of 2.0 or higher in ECE 135 and ECE 145. 

**If a student possesses a Child Development Associate Certification from the Council for Professional Recognition ( in either the Preschool or Infant Toddler content area, they may be eligible to earn Prior Learning Credit for ECE 100, ECE 110, ECE 120 and either ECE 135 (Preschool) or ECE 145 (Infant-Toddler). Please consult the Program Director for more information.

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Learn more about Credit Hours, Course Load, Study Expectations and more in the student handbook.