Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Meaningful work

Graduates of MMCC’s ECE program find employment as program directors, child care teachers and caregivers, teacher assistants, infant-toddler specialists, nannies, family service workers, home childcare providers and more.

ECE Program Brochure


ECE Handbook PDF


Why Choose MMCC?

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 that students learn from more than text books—they learn from the first-hand experiences of caring faculty who have real-world and industry connections.

Hands-on experiences

To complete our Associate in ECE, students fulfill over 200 hours in a learning lab. Students are carefully placed in preschools and daycare centers so that they practice their skills in real-world environments with real children. Students who are currently employed in licensed centers may be eligible to receive lab credit at their current jobs.

Industry alignment

MMCC’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.

Evening courses accommodate working learners

Many of our students already work in early childhood education. This allows students to learn from one another as well as from their instructors. In order to accommodate working students, our ECE courses are offered in the evenings.

Transfer opportunities

For students pursuing bachelor degrees with a major in child development, we have transfer guides with Ferris State and Central Michigan Universities’. Earning an associate from MMCC will not only saves you thousands in tuition, but it allows you to pursue career advancement while gaining your bachelor degree.

Career Overview

Childhood Education professionals nurture and teach young children in a variety of settings:

  • Child care centers
  • Early Head Start / Infant-Toddler programs Preschools / Head Start / GSRP programs
  • Family and group child care homes
  • Early elementary and special education programs
  • Nature programs

They create environments where children can explore and discover, advancing their physical, intellectual, emotional and social development.

They facilitate activities that stimulate the child’s interests and promote independence, build self-esteem, and create a foundation for lifelong learning.

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.

Early Childhood Education professionals can be employed in childcare centers and homes, preschools, infant-toddler programs, in-home visiting programs, libraries, public schools as paraprofessionals, or in hospital or church childcare programs.

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.

Job/Career Outlook


  • Preschool teachers: Median pay is $13.74/hour or $28,570/year
  • Preschool / Childcare Center Directors: $21.96/hour or $45,670/year.

Employment Outlook* (2014-2024)*:

  • For Preschool teachers: 7%
  • For Childcare Center Directors: 7%

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014

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