Teaching young children and watching them grow is a special blessing. CUAA’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) program provides you with the knowledge and understanding you need to make a difference in the lives of our youngest learners.

The CUAA Advantage

An ECE major and minor offer you:

  • Coursework, fieldwork, and practicum placements in early childhood settings
  • A challenging academic community dedicated to your intellectual, social, and spiritual growth
  • Eligibility for the State of Michigan’s Early Childhood Education endorsement
  • On-campus organizations and activities to develop leadership skills
  • Small class sizes and individual attention
  • A supportive Christian community
  • The foundation for a lifetime of success and achievement

Degree Details

Years to complete:    4 years
Job placement rate:     90%    

Program Highlights

If you choose to major in Early Childhood Education (ECE) with an elementary education teaching certificate, you’ll need to add a major in a teachable subject (math, integrated science, language arts, or social studies) and add Early Childhood Education as a second major. Upon completion of the program, you’ll be eligible for the State of Michigan’s Early Childhood Education endorsement (ZS) on the elementary education teaching certificate.

Learning Outcomes

As an ECE graduate, you’ll step into the classroom with the knowledge needed to:

  • Teach in early childhood settings such as Head Start, Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), and other government-funded programs
  • Plan curriculum, instruction, and activities for young children
  • Use music, art, movement, and dramatic play to encourage creative expression and learning
  • Perform formal and informal assessments of young children, including observation, analysis, reporting, and application of results
  • Integrate curriculum to support young children’s physical, social, emotional, language, cognitive, and spiritual development

Career Paths

  • Teaching assistant
  • Family services coordinator
  • Kindergarten teacher
  • Day care provider
  • Before and after school program director

Coursework

Early Childhood Education coursework includes Child Guidance and Classroom Management, Assessment of Young Children, Planning Curriculum and Instruction for Young Children, and Health, Safety and Nutrition in Early Childhood. See our course catalog for a full class listing.

Accreditation

CUAA’s Early Childhood Education program is certified through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Student Organizations

The Early Childhood Society is an active student group you are welcome to explore. We do service projects every year and offer a way to get to know your fellow students outside of class.

Complementary Majors/Minors

  • Elementary Education
  • Sociology
  • Psychology

Recommended High School Prep

  • English
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Lab Science
  • Foreign Language
  • ACT Plus Writing