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2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog

Pre-Early Childhood Education, A.A. (3 + 1, Ferris State University)

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.

Social Sciences

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

Natural Sciences

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

30 (minimum)

Program Tracks

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

77 (minimum)

Program Notes

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.

Priority I Priority II

EN 101 - English Composition I  

General Education-Mathematics

General Education

CD 105 - Foundations of Early Childhood Education  

CD 118 - Human Growth and Development I  

EN 102 - English Composition II  

General Education

General Education-Natural Science

CD 209 - Creative and Language Arts for Preschoolers  

CD 210 - Infant/Toddler Development  

Priority III Priority IV

General Education

General Education-Natural Science

CD 215 - Adult-Child Interaction  

CD 229 - Math, Science, and Technology for Preschoolers  

General Education

CD 230 - Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education and Inclusion  

CD 280 - Internship in Child Development  

Program Track

Priority V Priority VI

CD 285 - Assessment Tools in Child Development  

COM 131 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking  

Social Science

Program Track

CD 218 - Early Childhood Program Administration  

EN 250 - Children’s Literature  

Program Track

Program Track

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.