Early Childhood Studies Program (BS)
Our Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Studies is designed to prepare knowledgeable professionals in the field of early childhood studies. Graduates will possess specific understanding of early childhood professional ethics and practice to support child development and learning in particular: creativity, reflection, critical thinking and problem solving, and emotional and social development.
The aim of the program is to nurture curiosity and to facilitate the development of intellectual interests. It is designed to encourage broad, multi-disciplinary study. In addition to the core Early Childhood Studies courses and General Education requirements, students have the option of completing one or two minors from any other area of study in the university and electives. It is also possible to pursue a double major.
This new undergraduate program provides preparation for persons who will pursue careers that involve working with young children and families with young children, and for graduate study in related fields, such as psychology, social work, education, medical professions, health sciences, business, economics, or social policy, among others.
Students in the program working in qualified preschool education programs are eligible to apply for the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children’s T.E.A.C.H. grant to support their education. The program of study does not lead to teacher certification.
The Early Childhood Studies Major is a well-rounded program for those who may not want to pursue a teaching certificate.