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Early Childhood Education ECED

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science

College(s): Education and Human Services

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
Early Childhood Education Professional Requirements (36 credit hours)
*EDCD 104

EDCD 105 Child Development Leadership 3
EDCD 110 Child Development 1 3
EDCD 111 Child Development 2 3
EDCD 160 Education of Children 3
EDCD 205 Computer Appl for Children 3
EDCD 210 Infant Toddler Envir - Curr 4
EDCD 211 Childrens Activities 4
EDCD 285 Child Development Intern Orien 1
EDCD 291 Child Development Internship 4
EDCD 298 Internship Seminar 1
EDCD 299 Professional Assessment 1
CAHS 205 3
RMLS 122 Responding to Emergencies 2
Related Requirements (29 hours required)
EDCD 308 Teaching Special Needs in ECE 3
EDCD 310 Child Guidance 3
EDCD 350 Curr Perspect Early Child Educ 3
EDCD 380 Advocacy in Early Child Educ 3
EDCD 410 Early Child Edu Mgt-Leadership 3
EDCD 420 Advanced Children's Activities 4
EDCD 450 Current Issues Early Child Edu 3
EDCD 487 Orientation to Internship 1
EDCD 491 Early Childhood Edu Internship 4
EDCD 499 ECE Capstone Assess-Internship 3
Choose one of the following three concentrations: (15 credit hours)
Early Childhood Management Concentration
ACCT 201 Principles of Accounting 1 3
MGMT 301 Applied Management 3
MGMT 310 Small Business Management 3
MGMT 411 Small Business Sys-Operations 3
MKTG 321 Principles of Marketing 3
Early Childhood Lead Teacher
EDLA 207 Emergent Literacy 3
EDLA 222 Text and the Child 4
EDLA 340 Writers Workshop 3
EDLA 342 Reader Response 3
ARTS 131 Art for the Elementary Teacher 1
MUSI 131 Music for the Elem Teacher 1
Child Life Specialist
EDCD 430 Intro to Child Life Spec Prog 4
EDCD 431 Child Life Spec Practicum 2
COMM 320 Family Communication 3
CCHS 101 3
SOCY 373 Health-Illness in Society 3
Total 120
NOTE: A 2.75 GPA IS REQUIRED IN THE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSE SEQUENCE. NOTE: Though faculty advisors are responsible for advising students regarding degree requirements, it is the student who is ultimately responsible for choosing the correct courses and for following the correct program.

Why Choose Early Childhood Education?

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 pre-schoolers, applying theories and techniques taught in the classroom. Tot's Place 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.

Professional Opportunities

Students completing the Bachelor of Science program can seek positions as lead/head teacher, headstart 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.

Admission Requirements

High school students and transfer students with 29 credit hours or less must possess a high school grade point average of 2.25 (on a 4.0 scale) or an ACT composite score of 15. 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.

Graduation 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.

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College of Education & Human Services
Bishop Hall Room 421
Ferris State University
1349 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2737
Phone: 231-591-5361

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