Gogebic Community College

Early Childhood Education

Employment

Early childhood educators work in child care centers, preschools, and public schools with children through the age of eight. They play an important role in shaping the kind of individual a child will become. In addition to attending to children's basic needs for trust and understanding, they prepare curriculum that stimulates the children's physical, emotional, intellectual, and social growth. They help children explore and learn through the development of their interests which enhances independence and builds self esteem.

Early childhood professions are a link between the home and the school communicating with parents and meeting the needs of both children and families. They create a safe, healthy learning environment in which children can grow and develop. They may be classroom teachers, special needs aides, teaching assistants, parent and curriculum coordinators, or center directors. This degree transfers into a four year degree in Early Childhood Education.

Job Outlook

Moderate growth in jobs, 30%, is predicted through the year 2005 as the number of young children increases. Good employment prospects will be available for those who are well qualified.

Earnings

According to the Economic Research Institute, beginning teachers (preschool/kindergarten) earned approximately $18,000 in 1996. The average salary for was $22,000 up to $25,500 with experience. According to the American Federation of Teachers, beginning pre-elementary teachers with bachelor's degrees earned $24,500 in 1994-95

The Requirements

The following are the required courses necessary to receive an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education:

COURSE  
CREDIT
ORI 100 Freshman Orientation
1
ENG 101 English Composition I
3
ENG 102 English Composition II
3
PSY 101 General Psychology
4
PSY 202 Child Development & Psychology
4
ECE 100 Intro. To Early Childhood Education
3
ECE 110 Dev. Appropriate Practices for Early Childhood Education
3
ECE 210 Child Guidance
3
ECE 220 Infant & Toddler Care
3
ECE 195 Practicum I
3
MTH 121 Principles of Elem. Math I OR
4
MTH 110 College Algebra
PLS 101 Intro. To American Government
3
ENG 230 Literature for Children
3
ECE 295 Practicum II in Early Childhood Ed.
3
ECE 230 Creative Methods for Teaching Young Children
3
ECE 290 Managing a Child Care Center
3
  Approved Electives
3
  Lab Science (BIO 101, PHY 101)
4
  Humanities Electives
6
  Fine Arts (Humanities) Elective
3
  TOTAL CREDITS
65

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Phone 1-800-682-5910 ext. 207