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Lake Superior State University

Early Childhood Education

Program Description

This two-year program leads to an associate’s degree in early childhood education. It is for students interested in working with young children from birth through age five. Students are expected to acquire an understanding of developmental patterns of the preschool child in such areas as condition, emotion, social interaction and physical growth. This understanding will be the basis of working with groups of children and will culminate in a practicum.

Graduates also matriculate into the four-year bachelor’s degree program in early childhood education at the University or pursue a degree in elementary education. A total of 62 credits is required.

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements:

  • BIOL105 Function of the Human Body 4
  • CHLD101 Foundation of Early Childhood Education 3
  • CHLD105 Child Guidance & Welfare 3
  • CHLD110 Curriculum Development and Teaching Practice 3
  • CHLD111 Infants & Toddlers: Developmentally Appropriate Practices 3
  • CHLD220 Early Childhood Literature 3
  • CHLD260 Practicum I 4
  • CHLD261 Practicum II 4
  • CHLD270 Administration of Early Childhood Programs 3
  • HLTH104 Nutrition for Early Childhood 3
  • EMED181 First Aid 1
  • SOCY103 Cultural Diversity 3

  • SOCY225 Native Cultures of North America 3
  • SOCY113 Sociology of the American Family 3

Cognate Required:

  • PSYC155 Lifespan Development 3

  • PSYC265 Child & Adolescent Development 3
  • PSYC228 Organizational Behavior 3

  • PSYC301 Exceptional Child & Adolescent 3

General Education:  All LSSU Associate’s degree candidates must complete the LSSU general education core requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students).

A minimum of 62 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.