2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Early Childhood Education

Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Program Requirements

Early Childhood Education, AAS Program Checksheet


  • Major Courses and General Education Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Choose Early Childhood Education? - Program Spotlight

For those people who like to be around young children, a career in Early Childhood Education can be a labor of love. FSU's two-year program offers instruction in the growth, activities and teaching of children.

The Early Childhood Education program at Ferris teaches a broad spectrum of courses and includes extensive hands-on experiences. 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. Early Learning Center is a Ferris-owned and operated childcare service 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.

During the final semester of the program students complete a faculty-supervised internship in a child-care setting. Job placement sites include FSU approved childcare centers.

Ferris offers the Early Childhood Endorsement (ZS) through the Michigan Department of Education. This program is designed for teachers holding Michigan teacher certification at the elementary level who wish to teach in public and pre-school programs. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program often find responsible positions in Headstart programs, day care centers or family day care homes, elementary schools, hospitals, recreation centers or other child-oriented businesses. Job opportunities are increasing as parents rely more and more upon childcare outside the home.

Other graduates use their training in child development to supplement studies in nursing, dental hygiene, optometry, education, small business management and other business programs. Many students become interested in the Early Childhood Education curriculum simply because they want to become better parents.

Teacher Certification

If an early childhood education student wishes to continue in teacher education to complete a preliminary education teaching degree and obtain elementary certification, the State of Michigan requires that all candidates: (1) meet the MDE (CAEP) cohort requirements, (2) pass the pedagogy tests in elementary education and early childhood education, and (3) have a 2.75 minimum GPA to receive teacher certification in Michigan. These state requirements are in addition to the FSU graduation requirements of your individual program.

More Information

School of Education
Bishop Hall Room 421
Ferris State University
1349 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2737
Telephone: (231) 591-5361

Required Courses
Credit Hours


36 credit hours and a 2.50 GPA is required
Child Development Practicum
Child Development Leadership
Child Development 1
Child Development 2
Education of Children
Computer Appl for Children
Infant Toddler Envir - Curr
Childrens Activities
Child Development Intern Orien
Child Development Internship
Note: A minimum B- is required for EDCD 291
Internship Seminar
Note: EDCD 298 must be taken with EDCD 291 and a minimum B- is required
Teaching Special Needs in ECE
Professional Assessment
Child Care Food and Nutrition
Responding to Emergencies
Minimum Credit Hours: