Oakland Community College 


Associate in Applied Science (ECE.AAS)                                                                                                         Highland Lakes Campus

The Early Childhood Education Associate Degree program is designed to develop effective, caring, competent, high-quality early childhood education professionals.  This program provides training for effective work with young children in a variety of areas and increased awareness of the sensitivities, vulnerabilities and potential of every child. The program satisfies Michigan state requirements for licensing as directors of child care centers, lead teachers in child care centers, home-based center providers, and support staff in public school early childhood programs and Head Start agencies. It provides experiential and academic training in early childhood education through course work, field work, and internships. A “C” (2.0) or better grade is required in all program major requirements and required supportive courses to qualify for graduation in the program.  To successfully complete the required internships and possibly fieldwork, depending on the site, students must provide documentation that they meet the following requirements:

  1. Responsible and suitable character to meet the needs of children;
  2. No history of abuse or neglect of children or the elderly;
  3. No felony record in last 10 years;
  4. Mentally, physically, medically, and cognitively able to care for children.
Major Requirements Credits
ECE 1404 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 4
ECE 1414 Early Childhood Education Curriculum, Methodology and Field Work 4
ECE 1424 Early Childhood Education Curriculum Content 2
ECE 1500 Infant/Toddler Curriculum 4
ECE 1505 Early Childhood Nutrition, Health and Safety 3
ECE 1515 Family and Community Connections 3
ECE 1525 School-age Care and Education 3
ECE 2406 Professional Issues in Early Childhood Education and Internship 6
ECE 2416 Administration of Early Childhood Education Programs and Internship 6
ECE 2450 Educating the "At Risk" Child in an Early Childhood Environment 3

Required Supportive Courses
ENG 1510 Composition I 3
ENG 1520 Composition II 3
PSY 2510 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 2710 Child Development 3
PSY 2730 Survey of the Exceptional Child 3

Suggested Electives:
ACC 1500 Accounting for the Small Business Owner 3
BUS 1100 Introduction to Business 4
BUS 1210 Starting and Operating a Small Business 3
BUS 2530 Principles of Management 3
CIS 1050 Personal Computer Productivity Tools (MS-Office) 4
COM 1290 Interpersonal Communication 3
COM 1600 Fundamentals of Speech 3
ECE 2801-2806 Independent Studies in Child Development 1-6
ENG 2650 Children's Literature 3
PER 2540 Medical First Responder 4
SLS 1000 American Sign Language (ASL) I 3
SOC 2510 Sociology 3
SOC 2530 Racial and Ethnic Group Relations 3
SSC 2610 Marriage and Family in Modern Society 3
See General Education Distribution Requirements
Necessary Electives to Total

●  Course may be used to meet AAS and/or General Education requirements.