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Early Childhood Education Certificate

Academic Map

The MACC Early Childhood Education program prepares graduates to support children and families by providing responsive care and quality education as a teacher/caregiver or director in a childcare center, family childcare home, a Head Start, or Early Head Start program. Successful graduates can also be parent educators, enter public schools as a paraprofessional, or continue their education in this field. MACC Early Childhood Education classes are offered in the evening for the convenience of the working student. The Early Childhood Education program also offers a 32 credit hour certificate, a Certificate of Specialization, and the Child Development Associate credential.

Course Required Courses
Hours Milestone*
   Directed Electives (See Below) 8  
 ECE110  Foundations of Early Care & Education - Fall Only 3  
 ECE120   Nutrition, Safety & Health - Spring Only 3  
 ECE130  Essential of Infant/Toddler Care - Fall Only 3  
 ECE140  >Play as Learning - Spring Only 3  
 ECE150 or
 ECE160 or
 >^CDA Seminar - Summer Only or
 ^Beginning Lab in Infant/Toddler Setting - Spring Only or
 ^Beginning Lab in Preschool - Fall Only
 ECE165  ^Assessment in Early Childhood I - Spring Only 1  
 ECE210  ^Early & Middle Childhood - Spring Only 3  
 ECE230  ^Guidance and Inclusion - Fall Only 3  
 LAL101  ^Composition I 3  
  Directed Electives (8 credit hours needed)
 ECE145  ^CDA Preparation and Observation 3  
 ECE175  ^Assessment in Early Childhood II - Fall Only 1  
 ECE220   ^Working with Families & the Community - Fall Only 3  
 ECE240   ^Emergent Language & Literacy - Fall Only 3  
 ECE250  ^Curriculum & Planning in Early Childhood - Fall Only 3  
 ECE260 or
 ^Professional Issues in Early Childhood - Spring Only or
 ^Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society
 ECE270  ^Management of Early Childhood Programs - Spring Only 3  
 SKL101   College Orientation 1  
 SKL250   ^Employment Seminar 1  
  Minimum Required Hours for Certificate 32  

*It is strongly recommended that students successfully complete the Milestone courses as planned on the academic map to ensure completion of the certificate in a timely manner. In addition, if students do not successfully complete the Milestone course(s), they are strongly encouraged to re-enroll in the course(s) the following semester.

>Articulation Credit from secondary programs or credit-by-credential with a current CDA.

**A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all required Early Childhood Education courses (prefix "ECE") to earn an AAS or Certificate in Early or an Early Learning Assistant Certificate.

***Certificate is granted upon successful completion of all required courses plus directed elective courses totaling a minimum of 32 credit hours.

****Virtual course delivery is available for all "ECE" classes required in this degree program and for many other required classes. Talk to your program advisor to learn which courses are offered in the virtual delivery format.

^Please refer to the course descriptions for pre/co-requisite and placement information. You can only register for these courses if you have met the prerequisite, placed into the course and/or enroll in the co-requisite course(s).

This academic map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between MACC and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to meet the academic objectives of the college. MACC specifically reserves the right to modify, delete, or add to any academic map at any time within the student’s period of study at the college.

If you have certifications or prior experience in this field of study,
you may already qualify for credit for required classes in this degree program. Click here for more information!