This program is for students who desire training that satisfies state requirements for the Child Development Associate (CDA), Head Start programs, day-care centers, home day care and related areas. This program leads into MCC’s Early Childhood Education, A.A.S. program, and transfers to some four-year universities. A counselor should be consulted if the student plans to transfer to a four-year institution.
Students with a criminal record should consult with the Michigan Department of Education to verify that they are eligible to work in this field. Students are encouraged to meet with an MCC counselor prior to starting this program for help with the verification process.
Upon completion of this program [CIP: 19.0708], graduates should be able to:
demonstrate understanding basic first aid/CPR.
display knowledge of normative and non-normative child development patterns.
articulate behavior management techniques.
display knowledge of developmentally appropriate curriculum design.
articulate administrative duties as related to child care programs.
demonstrate knowledge of appropriate child literacy skills and resources.
demonstrate knowledge of developmental processes relevant to early childhood.
Prerequisite courses may apply to this program. A minimum of 30 unduplicated credits (100 level or higher) are required for all certificate programs.
GNST 100 offers skills needed to succeed in work-life. It is a required course and must be taken during the first semester at MCC.