The purpose of the Child Development program is to establish quality programs for young children and their families and prepare competent and ethical childcare workers and educators.
Child Development is offered as a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree, a Bachelor of Arts degree with concentration in Montessori Education, a two-year Associate of Arts degree and Teacher Education endorsement (ZA) in Early Childhood Education. Students in Child Development also may pursue institute training to earn a Montessori credential through the Montessori Children’s House adjacent to campus.
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The program offers a balance of educational theory and practical experience. The Child Development curriculum includes the growth, learning and development of children in three distinct age groups: Infant/Toddler, Pre-Primary, and Early Primary. Course work focuses on developmental characteristics/behaviors, appropriate practices, assessment and administration.
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The Child Development program meets the national standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Michigan State Board of Education. The program has also been identified as one of twelve institutions in the State of Michigan in compliance with state standards and approved for state-funded prekindergarten programs.