Early Childhood Education
The OCC Early Childhood Education (ECE) program provides training to effectively work with young children in a variety of areas. A degree in Early Childhood Education offers many career and transfer opportunities. We also offer four Certificates of Achievement in various areas of the ECE field.
The program satisfies requirements for Michigan licensing as directors of child care centers, lead teachers in child care centers, home-based center providers, and assistant teachers in public school early childhood programs and Head Start agencies.
Our teaching approach and curriculum are based on the constructivism approach. We believe that active learning is not just for young children but also adult learners. Learning is experienced in the Early Childhood Education program - not just taught.
The learning and program outcomes for the ECE program align with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators. The ECE program teaches the research-based and state-approved HighScope curriculum. The strong ECE curriculum at OCC prepares students to become highly qualified educators ready to enter the field.
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