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2023-2024 Schoolcraft Catalog 
2023-2024 Schoolcraft Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education - Early Childhood Education Certificate

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Schoolcraft program code #1YC.00031

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 wellbeing.

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.

Sample Schedule of Courses

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 (https://www.cdacouncil.org/) 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 Education with Field Experiences  or ECE 145 - Infant and Toddler Education with Field Experiences . Please consult the Program Director for more information.

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