2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Early Childhood Education

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Program Requirements

Early Childhood Education, BS Program Checksheet

Includes:

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

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

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

Professional Requirements

36 credit hours
Child Development Practicum
1
Child Development Leadership
3
Child Development 1
3
Child Development 2
3
Education of Children
3
Computer Appl for Children
3
Infant Toddler Envir - Curr
4
Childrens Activities
4
Child Development Intern Orien
1
Child Development Internship
4
Internship Seminar
1
Professional Assessment
1
Child Care Food and Nutrition
3
Responding to Emergencies
2

Related Requirements

29 credit hours
Teaching Special Needs in ECE
3
Child Guidance
3
Curr Perspect Early Child Educ
3
Advocacy in Early Child Educ
3
Early Child Edu Mgt-Leadership
3
Advanced Children's Activities
4
Current Issues Early Child Edu
3
Orientation to Internship
1
Early Childhood Edu Internship
4
ECE Capstone Assess-Internship
2

Concentrations (choose 1)

15 credit hours
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.
Early Childhood Management Concentration
Princ. of Financial Accounting
3
Applied Management
3
Small Business Management
3
Small Business Sys-Operations
3
Principles of Marketing
3
Early Childhood Lead Teacher
Emergent Literacy
3
Text and the Child
4
Writers Workshop
3
Reader Response
3
Art for the Elementary Teacher
1
Music for the Elem Teacher
1
Child Life Specialist
Intro to Child Life Spec Prog
4
Family Communication
3
Health-Illness in Society
3
CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
Array
Introductory Sociology
Marriage and the Family
3
OR
Array
Introduction to Psychology
Psychology Death and Dying
3
Total credit hours:
120