Early Childhood Education
Why Choose Early Childhood Education? - Program Spotlight
For those people who like to be around children, a career in Early Childhood Education can be a labor of love.
The Early Childhood Education program at Ferris teaches a broad spectrum of courses. Students learn about the education of children and study early childhood development, nutrition, first aid, children's literature and child psychology. They also receive a broad educational background by completing general education courses in English, mathematics, humanities and sociology.
Practical experience is another significant part of the program. Majors have the opportunity in the child development laboratory to observe and work with infants, toddlers and preschoolers, applying theories and techniques taught in the classroom. Early Learning Center is a Ferris-owned and operated childcare center that serves as a training and observation laboratory for students. The center also offers quality care for children of students, faculty and staff of the University and members of the community.
Students select an area of concentration from lead teacher, manager or child life specialist. There are two internship requirements for this program. The first is completed as part of the first 60 credit hours and is completed as part of the Associates degree requirements. The second internship occurs at the end of the program and is completed in the specific concentration area that the student has selected.
Students choosing the Child Life Specialist have additional requirements after graduation as outlined by the Association of Child Life Professionals.
Students completing the Bachelor of Science program can seek positions as lead/head teacher, head start positions and other preschool positions. Those completing the management track are able to seek positions as program directors. They may also be more successful in running a home day care program. Students completing the Child Life Specialist track are eligible to work in hospitals with children.
High school students and transfer students with 29 credit hours or less must possess a high school grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or an ACT composite score of 17 or 900 SAT. Transfer students with 30 credit hours or more must possess a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Students transferring into the program with completed majors or minors must have the appropriate GPA as established by each department. Consult individual program description for other admission requirements.
General Education Requirements
All University General Education requirements for a Bachelor’s degree is here
Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives.
Consult the Required Courses above or the program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.
The early childhood education program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree through the School of Education, College of Education & Human Services. Graduates must complete all of FSU's general education, and Early Childhood Education requirements. Consult individual program description for other admission requirements.
A 2.5 GPA is required for successful completion of this major.
College of Education & Human Services
School of Education
Bishop Hall Room 421
Ferris State University
1349 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2737
Telephone: (231) 591-5361