Early Childhood Education

Requirements & Courses

  • Minor in Early Childhood Education (ZS) (Elementary only)

    Students working toward elementary certification requirements may choose to complete an Early Childhood Education minor (ZS) by meeting the following requirements (Please see the Education Department for more information):

    1. EDC 183 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (4 cr).
    2. EDC 281 Child Development and Learning: Birth-Age 8 (4 cr).
    3. EDC 282 School, Family, and Community Partnerships (2 cr).
    4. EDC 283 The Care and Education of Infants and Toddlers (1 cr).
    5. EDC 383 Curriculum and Methods in Early Childhood Education (4 cr).
    6. EDC 493 Directed Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education (5 cr).
    7. SOA 220 Sociology of Family (4 cr).
    8. For certification, take and pass the MTTC Early Childhood Education test.


  • EDC
    Introduction to Early Childhood Education
    4 credits
    Introduction to the early childhood profession, the nature of the profession, including its philosophical, historical and social foundations and current contextual influences (e.g., demographic and policy influences). Familiarization with various types and models of early childhood programs. Includes discussion of characteristics of developmentally appropriate practice. Learn and apply guidelines for the organization and administration of early childhood programs. Winter only.
  • EDC
    Child Development and Learning: Birth to Age 8
    4 credits
    EDC 183; Sophomore Standing
    Examination of physical, cognitive, social, emotional and other types of development in infancy and early childhood. Addresses the development of children with special needs and linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds. Students complete 30 hours of field placement in an early childhood setting. Classroom placement included. Fall only.
  • EDC
    School, Family and Community Partnerships
    2 credits
    Sophomore Standing
    Emphasizes the critical role of family-school partnerships in ensuring children’s well-being and academic success. Introduction to historical roles of the family and community in early childhood education. Discussion of barriers to family involvement as well as effects of successful family participation. Addresses various types of family involvement and best practice guidelines associated with each type. Explores models for involving communities as partners in children’s care and education. Winter only.
  • EDC
    The Care and Education of Infants and Toddlers
    1 credit
    EDC 183, Sophomore Standing
    Designed to provide students with a framework for understanding how infants and toddlers grow and learn. Developmentally appropriate curricula and materials are examined. Students will analyze quality environments and ways to work with families; have the opportunity to observe and analyze quality early care settings in mid-Michigan; and will be prepared to use evidence-based knowledge to create responsive, high quality programs for infants and toddlers. Fall only.
  • EDC
    Curriculum and Methods in Early Childhood
    4 credits
    EDC 183, 281, 282, 283; TEP
    Preparation for planning and facilitating developmentally appropriate learning experiences for young children in the content areas of language, literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, health and safety. Acquire techniques for adapting instruction to culturally diverse learners and those with handicapping conditions. Preparation in appropriate management and guidance techniques, and designing relevant physical environments and schedules for young children. Practice integrating systematic observation of young children’s behavior with instructional design and assessment and program evaluation techniques. Students learn approaches for working cooperatively with families in the care and education of their children and with community services and referral procedures for children. Includes a 30-hour practicum in an early childhood site. Classroom placement included. Fall only
  • EDC
    Directed Teaching in Early Childhood Education
    5 credits
    EDC 183, , 281, 282, 283, 383, SOA 220
    Directed teaching experience of 280 hours in an early childhood setting under the guidance of a professional early childhood educator. Students integrate and apply content area knowledge, pedagogical and professional knowledge and understanding of children’s physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs, including special needs, in designing and facilitating learning experiences in an early childhood setting. Students apply knowledge of behavioral assessment and program evaluation, appropriate techniques for managing and guiding young children, nutrition, health and safety standards, and characteristics of appropriate environments to their planning and teaching. Under guidance of cooperating teacher, students work effectively with parents as partners in their children’s education. Students in the Directed Teaching course regularly reflect on and evaluate their experience with a College Field Instructor. Spring or summer of junior or senior year. Must apply for student teaching by November 15 of junior year and be approved prior to beginning ECE student teaching.