Early Childhood Education

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, offered in cooperation with Grand Rapids Community College, is designed to prepare students for roles as teachers, directors and supervisors in day-care centers, nursery schools and other pre-kindergarten educational settings.

Opportunities are available for the student to study and observe children of various ages, to assist in teaching in early childhood settings and to gain understanding of the dynamic process of physical, psychological, social and intellectual development. Specifically, the program addresses the relationship of affective and cognitive learning, physical and intellectual development, acculturation and socialization, school and home environments and curricula for young children.


The following courses (and more) are included as part of this degree program:


  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Principles of Sociology
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Marriage and Family
  • Foundations in Early Childhood
  • Infant and Toddler Development
  • Language and Creative Arts for Preschoolers
  • Math, Science and Technology for Preschoolers
  • Adult-Child Interaction
  • Preschool Management
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