WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM TAKING EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (ECE) CLASSES?
WHEN CAN I START THE ECE PROGRAM?
This program is ideal for individuals who would like to work with young children and
families. Commonly held positions include: Child Care Center Director, Child Care
Center teacher and aide, Head Start teacher and aide, Home Child Care provider, Early
Childhood Education Non-Profit agency staff, Community Program staff, Teacher Para-professional,
Preschool teacher and aide, Child Care Resource and Referral agency staff.
Additionally, some courses may transfer into related bachelor degree programs such
as Elementary Education with ZS endorsement, Child Development, and Social Sciences.
Note: This program does not lead to Michigan teacher certification.
WHERE CAN ECE COURSES BE COMPLETED?
|ECE students can start the program at the beginning of any semester (Fall, Winter,
SHOULD I TAKE MORE THAN ONE CLASS AT A TIME?
|Many ECE courses are offered online. Courses are also offered at the Highland Lakes
Campus, with some classes on Saturdays at the Southfield campus.
HOW CAN I OBTAIN A CDA (Child Development Associate)?
|Yes, yes, yes! It is recommended that students take at least two classes per semester
in order to complete the program in a timely fashion.
WHICH CLASS MEETS DIRECTOR OF CHILD CARE CENTER LICENSING REQUIREMENTS?
|While OCC does not issue the CDA credential, the ECE program can provide the required
training. ECE 1454 is designed to assist students new to the CDA process who may need
more support. It is not a required course for the ECE program. The CDA Preparation
course is linked to our four certificate programs. The CDA credential is awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition. Students entering the ECE.AAS program with a valid CDA credential, may receive credit
for ECE 2806.
WHICH CLASS MEETS THE LICENSING REQUIREMENTS FOR LEAD INFANT/TODDLER TEACHER IN A
CHILD CARE CENTER?
*ECE 2415 meets the State of Michigan Child Care Center Licensing Rule: R 400.5103
Program director qualifications; responsibilities. 4. A program director shall have
at least 2 semester hours in child care administration from an accredited college
or university or a minimum of 3.0 CEUs in child care administration.
The Early Childhood Education Administrator (ECE.ADM.CA) certificate of achievement is designed for individuals who desire to earn credits
specifically centered on directing an early childhood education program. This certificate
meets State of Michigan Child Care Licensing required training for ECE Directors who
have a degree in an outside field.
*In addition to this class, please see all State of Michigan Child Care Center Licensing requirements for Directors.
WHERE DO I COMPLETE FIELDWORK HOURS AND INTERNSHIP HOURS?
*ECE 1500 meets the State of Michigan Child Care Center Licensing Rule for Infant-
Toddler Lead Teacher: R 400.5103a. Lead caregiver qualifications; responsibilities.
(6) A lead caregiver for infants and toddlers shall have 3 semester hours in infant/toddler
development and care practices from an accredited college or university or 4.5 CEUs
in infant/toddler development and care practices.
The Early Childhood Education Lead Infant and Toddler Teacher (ECE.ITT.CA) certificate of achievement is designed for individuals who desire to earn credits
specifically centered on leading an Infant and Toddler classroom. This certificate
meets the State of Michigan Child Care Licensing required infant and toddler training
for a Lead Infant and Toddler Teacher.
*In addition to this class, please see all State of Michigan Child Care Center Licensing requirements for Infant-Toddler Lead Teachers.
ECE 1525 meets state requirements for School-age Lead Teachers.
ARE THERE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES SPECIFICALLY FOR ECE STUDENTS?
WHO DO I CONTACT IF I NEED MORE INFORMATION?
All fieldwork hours and internships are completed in sites assigned by the college.
ECE 1414 and 1500 have required fieldwork hours. ECE 1414 will require hours in an
assigned facility in a single classroom servicing children 2.5 years to 5 years of
age (minimum 22.5 hrs); ECE 1500 will require hours in a single classroom servicing
children 2.5 years and younger (minimum 22.5 hours). Two and half hours are credited
for prep time.
ECE 2407 is a 135 hour internship. The hours must be completed in an assigned child
care facility. These hours are under the supervision of an experienced and formally
educated cooperating teacher. These hours cannot be completed through employment.
No credit for prior experience hours will be given in any classes - hours must be
completed during the term.