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.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION DEFINED
- the education of children from birth to age eight.
- the development of physical, intellectual, emotional, and social skills through engaging environments and activities.
What degree do I earn?
Associate in Applied Science - Early Childhood Education
OR Certificate - Early Childhood Education
Discover Your Guided Pathway
- 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.
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.
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