Jul 05, 2022
Academic Program Code: 616
This program is designed to offer a clear pathway for students wanting to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program in Early Childhood Education at Ferris State University. Among the jobs that a bachelor’s degree recipient in this field may consider are positions in Head Start programs, Great Start Readiness Programs, day care centers, family day care homes, elementary schools, hospitals, recreation centers or other child related business. By declaring this Articulated Pre-Major, students are on track to graduate from GRCC and transfer to Ferris State University to major in Early Childhood Education.
Program Admissions Requirements:
In order to be eligible for admission into the Pre-Early Childhood Education program, students must have completed the Child Development, Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences degree. Contact the GRCC Education Department for additional information regarding admission to this program.
General Transfer Notes & Michigan Transfer Agreement
The coursework needed to complete this program is listed below. The courses transfer and satisfy requirements at Ferris State University.
Students should contact Ferris State University to obtain additional detailed information about transfer requirements. Ferris State University ultimately makes the decisions about how each course will be used to meet the bachelor’s degree requirements. Students should also review the specific admission requirements for Ferris State University and this Early Childhood Education program.
GRCC advisors and faculty are available to help students navigate transfer resources and create an individualized transfer plan, including selection of elective courses, which meets all GRCC and Ferris State University requirements.
Graduates of this program will earn an Associate of Arts degree from GRCC and may be eligible to earn the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) credential.
General Education Courses
Select a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work from the General Education course list. Course work must be selected as directed in the areas below.
English Composition and Communications
Select two (2) Humanities General Education Electives from two (2) different subject areas. Only one (1) Foreign Language course can be used for the Humanities requirement. You should select courses in alignment with Ferris State University “Culture” General Education courses.
Select two (2) Social Sciences General Education Electives from two (2) different subject areas. You should select courses in alignment with Ferris State University “Self and Society” General Education courses. If you are pursuing the “Child Life Specialist Track,” select either PY 201 or SO 251.
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Select two (2) Natural Sciences General Education courses from two (2) different subject areas; one (1) must be lab. You should select courses in alignment with Ferris “Natural Sciences” General Education courses.
Select one (1) Mathematics General Education Elective.
General Education Total Credit Hours
When selecting the Social Sciences General Education Elective below, select a course in alignment with the Ferris State “Self and Society” General Education courses.
Complete one (1) Program Track below.
Early Childhood Management Track
Early Childhood Leadership Track
Child Life Specialist Track
Select [(SO 251 and SO 270) OR PY 201] and take the remaining Psychology requirement at Ferris.
Total Credit Hours
Students enrolled in Child Development Lab classes (CD 118 , CD 209 , CD 210 , CD 229 , and CD 230 ) as well as CD 260 (required tutoring) must undergo a Criminal Background Check and a Department of Human Services Central Registry Check. Being convicted of ANY FELONY, any of the listed offenses as defined by MCL 28.722 (Sex Offenders Registration Act; Act 295 of 1994), or being listed on the Michigan Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry will result in refusal of lab placement and removal from the course. Complete policy information is provided on the GRCC Website.
In What Order Should I Take Classes?
Please select courses from the Priority I list. Select courses based on the number of credits you are taking in the semester, for example, if you are a part time student you do not have to take all of the courses listed. If you are unable to schedule Priority I courses, move to and select from the list of Priority II, Priority III, and Priority IV courses.
NOTE: This priority schedule assumes the student is prepared to take the courses listed. If prerequisites are required, additional semesters may be required to complete this degree.
Meet with an Academic Program Advisor and consult My Degree Path for specific degree requirements.