Early Childhood Education

Explore Early Childhood Education at Bay College

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Why Early Childhood Education?

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education provides the foundation for advanced study at colleges and universities in early childhood education. The curriculum is aligned with the AAS degree teacher preparation standards issued by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Council for Professional Recognition (CDA). Students will plan and implement quality, developmentally appropriate early learning programs for children ages 0-8 in support of physical, cognitive, and social emotional growth and development. Graduates of the associate degree program meet the educational requirements for child care center program directors as required by the Michigan Child Care Center Licensing Regulations. The AAS Degree requirements include 4 semesters/300 hours of practicum field experience in a variety of early childhood settings. A one-year, 30 credit certificate, with 90 hours of practicum field experience is also available, and a transfer degree for students wishing to further their early childhood studies.


Why Bay College?

The Early Childhood Education program at Bay College offers a mix of online only and hybrid courses, making it accessible for students from across the UP. We offer both a 1-year (2 semesters) Certificate in Early Childhood Education and a 2-year (4 semesters) AAS Degree. In addition, we have an articulation agreement with LSSU making it possible for students to seamlessly transition into a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education; taking classes either online or right on Bay’s Main Campus.

Bay College ECE Program utilizes a mix of 7-week and full-semester long courses. Due to the specific sequence of courses required to complete an AAS degree in ECE, special approval from the Program Coordinator is needed for enrollment. In order to most efficiently serve the unique needs of students, every candidate entering the program will now have an opportunity to confer with the ECE lead advisor regarding placement scores, previous coursework, employment goals, transfer options and possible remote access needs. Upon your attempt to enroll, you will be automatically referred to Tammra Barteld, ECE Program Coordinator, or you may contact her directly at tammra.barteld_FROM_BAY_COLLEGE.

Degree Options
Certificate/DegreeCompletion CreditsContact Hours
Early Childhood Education (AAS)60.00
Early Childhood Education (AA)60.00

Career Opportunities

This degree program prepares students to work in a variety of early childhood care and education programs such as:

  • Lead Teacher
  • Associate Teacher
  • Home Child Care Provider
  • Home Visitor
  • Program Director
  • Infant-Toddler Teacher

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The Early Childhood Education AAS Degree Program at Bay College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1313 L Street, NW, #500, Washington, DC 20005. 202-232-8777. The accreditation term runs from July 2019 through July 2021.