Early Childhood Education (ECE)

You enjoy lighting the spark of knowledge in children, and watching them grow emotionally and intellectually. Early Childhood Education involves facilitating activities that stimulate a child's interests and promote independence, build self-esteem, and create a foundation for lifelong learning. If you're considering this pathway, helping young children develop is your passion.


  • the education of children from birth to age eight.
  • the development of physical, intellectual, emotional, and social skills through engaging environments and activities.


National Association for the Education of Young Children

What degree do I earn?

Associate in Applied Science - Early Childhood Education

OR Certificate - Early Childhood Education

Discover Your Guided Pathway

Associate in Applied Science - Guided Pathway

Certificate - Guided Pathway

Potential Careers

  • Child Care Centers
  • Head Start, Preschool, or Infant-Toddler Programs
  • Nature Centers
  • Teaching Assistant

These are just a few examples, many other careers are connected to this field of study. Additional education or training may be required for certain career choices.

Earning Potential

Child Care Worker

  • Annual Median Pay $22,290
  • Hourly Median Pay $10.72
  • Job Outlook 7% Growth

Data sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and valid 2016 through 2026.

ECE Program offers hands-on training.

Hands-on Training at Mid

At Mid Michigan College I have been able to get the education and training needed to help me pursue a career in Early Childhood Education (ECE). The ECE program at Mid is very hands-on, and allows you to learn in the classroom and then apply what you are learning in the real world. We spend a lot of time diving into our textbooks and exploring how the topic can be applied in real life. The instructors are absolutely wonderful and always willing to help with anything and everything. I am so very blessed that I have a college that I can attend as great as this one.

- Allison Shoaf

Why Choose Mid?

Faculty with a passion for ECE

Our instructors are employed full-time in the field of early childhood education as center directors, program coordinators, and teachers. That means you learn from more than text books—you learn from the first-hand experiences of caring faculty who have real-world knowledge and connections.

Hands-on Experiences

When completing Mid's Associate in ECE, you complete over 200 hours in a learning lab. You are thoughtfully matched with a preschool or daycare center to practice your skills in a real-world environment with real children. If you are currently employed in a licensed center you may be eligible to receive lab credit at your current job.

Industry Alignment

Mid’s curriculum aligns with the professional standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the foremost professional association for early childhood education.

Flexible Scheduling

You may already work in early childhood education, but want to enhance your skills and credentials. To accommodate your busy schedule, Mid's ECE courses are offered in the evenings.

Transfer Opportunities

ECE courses transfer to most child development programs at four year colleges and universities. If you hope to pursue a bachelor degree with a major in child development, transfer guides are available for Ferris State and Central Michigan Universities’. Earning an associate from Mid Michigan College not only saves you thousands in tuition, but it allows you to pursue career advancement while working toward your bachelor degree.

Career Outlook

EC Professionals Matter

Our early childhood experiences influence our personalities and behavior for the rest of our lives, which makes the field of early childhood education one of the most powerful careers for people who want to make a real and lasting difference.

Some ECEs specialize in working with children who have physical or developmental disabilities or those with behavioral concerns.

ECEs learn how children learn and develop, not just cognitively, but physically, socially, and emotionally as well.

These professionals design fun and educational games and activities that are appropriate to varying ages, needs, and skills. ECEs need to be creative and resourceful in planning activities, establishing routines, and providing appropriate behavioral correction and guidance.

Good educators build relationships with the parents of the children in their care. So, ECEs must also possess the communication skills necessary for fostering relationships with other adults and caregivers.

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