Designed for students seeking teacher certification with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. Focuses on teaching young children, pre-kindergarten through grade 3. Students may wish to continue studies at the university level; however, upon completion of the program students are eligible for work in various education and child care professions. Graduates wishing to pursue a bachelor's degree may transfer most if not all of the course work toward that degree.
- Apply current educational theories and practices to a classroom setting.
- Analyze children’s literature for its use in the elementary or middle school classroom.
- Apply knowledge of the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development theories of the learner in a school setting.
- Apply knowledge of the exceptionalities, learning environments, and laws as they relate to special education programs.
- Develop lesson plans implementing educational software for grades P-8.
- Analyze elementary and middle school mathematics at the level necessary for teaching.
- Construct scientific knowledge using inquiry-based techniques.
- Follow appropriate health, physical education, nutrition, and safety practices for K-8 classrooms.
All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.
Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.
The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Arts degrees require at least 24 General Education credits total, including at least three credit hours from the five areas below. For this program:
Civil Society & Culture: Complete one of the following courses:
Communication: Complete this course:
Computer Technology: Complete this course:
Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete this course:
Quantitative Literacy: Complete the following courses:
Complete additional General Education course(s) to reach a minimum of 24 credit hours:
- GEOG-132: World Regional Geography
- HIST-152: American History II
- POLS-101: American Government: Democratic Participation and Civic Engagement
- POLS-152: International Relations
- POLS-200: Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
- SOC-131: Introduction to Sociology
- SOC-152: Women, Men, and Society
- SOC-251: Ethnic and Racial Diversity in Society
- SPC-131: Fundamentals of Speaking
- WR-131: Religious Traditions in the World
- CHEM-131: Principles of Chemistry
- MATH-109: Introduction to Algebra Part II OR MATH-110: Intermediate Algebra
- MATH-112: Trigonometry
- MATH-115: College Algebra*
- MATH-131: Mathematics for the Modern World
- MATH-141: Introduction to Statistics
- MATH-150: Finite Mathematics
- MATH-175: Precalculus
- MATH-180: Calculus I
- MATH-183: Calculus II
- MATH-225: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers III
- MATH-280: Calculus III
- MATH-283: Linear Algebra
- MATH-289: Differential Equations
*Math 115 or beyond is highly recommended for preparation for the Professional Readiness Exam.
**Students are encouraged to consult transfer guides and speak with an advisor regarding transferability.
NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 24
Wellness: This category is satisfied with the Required Core Courses in this program.
Humanities: Complete a total of 8 Humanities credits (including courses taken from the General Education area) from courses in:
- Art (ART), Dance (DNCA), English (ENG) (except ENG-131, 132, 135), Foreign Language (ARA, CHN, FRE, GER, ITAL, SPN), Humanities (HUM), Interior Design (INTR), Journalism (JOUR), Music (MUS), Philosophy (PHIL), Telecommunication (TCM), Speech (SPC), Theatre (THEA), or World Religions (WR).
- NOTE: Three hours of Humanities credits are included in the Required Core Courses area.
Science and Mathematics: This category is satisfied with the General Education and Required Core Courses in this program.
Social Science: This category is satisfied with the General Education and Required Core Courses in this program.
NOTE: For this program, Degree-Specific minimum credits: 0
Required Core Courses
Students should consult articulation and transfer guides for their chosen four-year institutions regarding science courses which apply towards the bachelor's degree.
Maximum Credit Hours Necessary: 7
Individuals working in child development centers must provide evidence of a current physical exam, current TB test, and Department of Social Services (FIA) clearance.
Requirements are Subject to Change
- Davenport University
- University of Michigan - Dearborn
- Madonna University
- Eastern Michigan University
- Wayne State University
- Marygrove College
Children's institution attendants
School child care attendants/assistant teachers
Nursery school attendants, or child monitors in private homes.