Provide high-quality education for children. 
Set a solid foundation for their future.


An educator teaches students in a school or other learning environment. Responsibilities for teachers include preparing and presenting lesson plans, supervising students in a classroom environment, grading coursework, and managing classroom operations and expectations. Educators work at levels ranging from early childhood education to college and university degree programs. A career as an educator involves duties like preparing students for continuing education or future jobs, offering emotional support as a mentor or counselor, and developing challenging and engaging curricula.


According to, salaries in Michigan for early childhood educators beat the national averages in almost every category, and both employment and salaries are expected to rise throughout the state in the years ahead, in some cases by nearly 10 percent. There are 9,270 preschool teachers in the state, and the median salary is $35,010.

According to the State of Michigan Career Outlook, in southeast Michigan, elementary school teacher openings will grow by 355 annually through 2026 (8.6 percent growth) at a wage range of $21-$39 per hour. 


Early Childhood Education


To respond to the community need for well-prepared graduates who can effectively meet the needs of diverse children and families, MCCC’s Early Childhood Education program maintains accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. NAEYC sets the standard of excellence for teacher preparation programs.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Early Childhood Education associate of applied science degree program prepares students to provide high-quality care and education of young children birth through age 8. The mission of the ECE program at MCCC is to prepare students for employment in the early childhood education field and for articulation to advanced degree programs in early childhood education.

Certificate Program

The Early Childhood Education certificate program is designed for students who will work with and teach young children. Students may use this curriculum to meet state licensing requirements to provide child care in homes, centers and other facilities or for positions as assistant teachers in child care programs. A minimum of 32 credit hours is required for the Early Childhood Education certificate. Courses for the certificate can be applied toward the associate degree.

CDA Credential

The Child Development Associate is a national credential earned by individuals working with young children birth to five years in child care settings. The CDA credential is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work to becoming qualified teachers of young children. MCCC courses provide the training required for the CDA and may be applied toward the associate degree or certificate programs. Please note that MCCC does not award the CDA credential.

Transfer Opportunities: Bachelor’s Degree

MCCC’s ECE program has articulation agreements with numerous institutions for the completion of bachelor’s degrees, including Eastern Michigan University, Rochester College, Siena Heights University and the University of Toledo.

Elementary Education

Associate of Applied Science Degree

This degree program prepares students for a career in education assisting certified teachers or school professionals in K-12 general or special education classrooms or for transfer into an elementary education program at a four-year college or university.

Transfer Opportunities: Bachelor’s Degree

With MCCC's associate degree in elementary education, the first two years of instruction in a bachelor’s degree program in elementary education are met. Please work in coordination with your advisor and planned transfer institution to ensure transferability. 

Secondary, Special and Health Education

Transfer Opportunities: Bachelor’s Degree

Students interested in special education may take transfer classes whether they are interested in a secondary education endorsement or an elementary education endorsement. Those interested in teaching at the secondary level also have many classes available for transfer. Classes in art, English composition, dramatic arts, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, political science, psychology, science, sociology and speech are frequently taken for transfer credit.

Students may also take courses at MCCC that transfer for health education. MCCC also offers a class (EDUC 151, Exploring Teaching) that fulfills the pre-teaching requirement of many four-year institutions.

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Contact Information

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Fall 2022 Hours
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