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Lake Superior State University

Early Childhood Education

Program Description


Lake Superior State University offers an associate degree in early childhood education for students wishing to meet the state standards for highly qualified paraprofessionals for public schools, assistant teachers for state-funded preschools and federally-funded HeadStart programs, and for caregivers in infant-toddler Early HeadStart. Field experience integrated with coursework provide opportunities for more in-depth learning and understanding of developmentally appropriate practices and effective interactions with young children. Students earning an associate degree in early childhood education can easily transition to the bachelor degree program when they are interested in expanding their qualifications.



Degree Requirements


Degree Requirements (36 credits)

  • CHLD101 Foundation of Early Childhood Education 4
  • CHLD103 Learning Environments for the Young Child 4
  • CHLD150 Observation and Assessment 4
  • CHLD210 Infants and Toddlers 4
  • CHLD225 Emergent Literacy 3
  • CHLD241 STEM Foundations for the Young Child 4
  • CHLD242 Creativity & Humanities 4
  • CHLD245 Early Childhood Curriculum 3
  • CHLD260 Practicum I 4
  • CHLD270 Administration of Early Childhood Programs 2

Cognate Requirements (12 credits):

Free Electives (minimum 3 credits)

General Education: All LSSU Associate’s degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

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 Requirements.



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