Educator

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION GRAPHIC

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

BECOME AN EDUCATOR

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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.

CAREER OUTLOOK

According to earlychildhoodteacher.org, 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. 

MCCC PROGRAM OPTIONS FOR THIS FIELD

Early Childhood Education

Accreditation

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.

Teacher Paraprofessional

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Paraprofessional educators generally assist teachers in the classroom, supervise students outside of the classroom or provide administrative support for teaching. This program leads to the associate of applied science degree and will fulfill the requirements of the No Child Left Behind legislation. After completing these program requirements, graduates will be able to apply for teacher paraprofessional positions in K-12 school districts.

Transfer Opportunities: Bachelor’s Degree

Because many of the courses in the Teacher Paraprofessional program transfer to four-year institutions, students interested in becoming certified teachers will be able to benefit from this program. Check with your advisor and planned transfer school for more details about transferring.

Elementary, Secondary, Special and Health Education

Transfer Opportunities: Bachelor’s Degree

Students interested in elementary education are able to transfer a large number of introductory courses such as English composition, history, mathematics, political science, science and speech. They can also take other courses that are specifically geared to students planning a degree in elementary education at a four-year institution, such as art, literature and music.

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 interested in special education may take transfer classes whether they are interested in a secondary education endorsement or an elementary education endorsement.

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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