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Early Childhood Education Programs

The first years of our lives are a formative period that can lay the foundation for our growth into adulthood, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. A degree in Early Childhood Education prepares you with the skills necessary to help cultivate healthy growth in children, shaping their lives and the communities that they live in for the better. For practitioners of these incredibly important tasks, it should come as no surprise that there are dozens of highly sought after and rewarding career opportunities.

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Much like the potential of childrens' young minds, the sky is truly the limit with a degree in Early Childhood Education, with diverse career opportunities ranging from education to social work:

  • Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Social Worker
  • School Psychologist 
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Special Education Assistant
  • Advisor
  • Home Based Service Provider

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In need of CDA training?

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Michigan and North Central Michigan College are partnering to bring high quality CDA training to Northern Michigan.

Complete your 120 clock hours of required training facilitated by NCMC faculty to obtain your CDA credential by pursuing coursework for college credit at North Central.  A T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Michigan scholarship may cover most or all of the cost for eligible students.

Participants will complete ECE 200, ECE 205 and ECE 215. Those students interested in the Infant-Toddler CDA Credential will add ECE 210 to their course sequence. The first course begins January 9, 2023, and runs until May 5. The classes total 9 credits (12 for Infant-Toddler) and all apply toward an Early Childhood Associates degree. All courses are available online.

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Criminal Justice Student

"My name is Christe Gwilt, and I graduated with an associate degree in Early Childhood Education from NCMC in May 2020. I chose this degree because I loved how the teachers taught and enjoyed all the activities that were assigned. I saw the NCMC teachers and staff take a bad situation during the pandemic and rise above the challenge. It really is a great school, and I had a great time while I was there. I will be forever grateful for my time at NCMC!"

—Christe Gwilt

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