Educational Programs

Why MCTC

“My journey to the most rewarding educational career started from MCTC. The Child Development Department of MCTC recruited great instructors who truly understand the importance of World Class education in the area of Early Childhood Education. The skills acquired from MCTC prepared me beyond teaching to becoming a school director today. As an educator, my goal is to see inner city students compete at par academically with other students in our nation.”

- Mfon Archibong, Alumnus

Early Childhood Education

Program description

MCTC’s Early Childhood Education program works closely with MCTC’s Education program emphasizing cultural diversity and urban teaching. Working with children and families of all backgrounds, you will learn to create healthy, respectful and challenging learning environments in urban childcare centers, nursery schools, elementary classrooms and afterschool programs.

Program start and location

Students can start either semester, but Fall is a better time. Classes take place in Helland building.

Degree options and requirements

Early Childhood Education A.S. Degree—60 credits
Early Childhood Education A.A.S. Degree—60 credits
Early Childhood Education Diploma—31 credits
Early Childhood Education Certificate—18 credits

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What you will learn

  • You will study teaching and learning methods and be trained to observe, document and assess children in a classroom setting.
  • You will learn to create healthy, respectful and challenging learning environments for young children and create and maintain respectful and supportive relationships with families. 
  • You will learn to design and implement developmentally and culturally appropriate activities and curriculum.

Points of pride

  • Your training will be enriched by resources provided by the many agencies and organizations with which MCTC partners.
  • The program incorporates cultural diversity into all of its courses, emphasizing working with children and families of all kinds in an urban setting.
  • Many students who complete their Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education go on to have successful careers in the field. 
  • The Early Childhood Education program offers online courses so that family childhood providers may obtain their certificate while continuing to work in the field.  

Where you could work

 This program prepares you to both organize and lead activities and provide nurturing care for children in urban childcare centers, home child-care provider settings, nursery schools, elementary classrooms, family resource agencies and after-school programs.

 

Potential job titles

  • Child Care Worker
  • Child Care Center Director
  • Para-Educators in Pre-School or Elementary School
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  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Special Education Para-Educator
  • Teacher Aide
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Occupational outlook

There is great demand for quality trained child care workers and teachers. Further, government sponsored early education programs will provide even more opportunities for people trained to work in a diverse urban environment.

Beyond-the-classroom opportunities

You will put your new knowledge to work and gain experience through two practicums. MCTC partners with many agencies and organizations that provide you with wonderful learning opportunities.

Academy

This program is part of the Academy of Education and Public Services. Click here for more information.

Articulation Agreements, Common Course Outlines and Gainful Employment Information

Click here for articulation agreement information for the A.A.S. Degree.

Click here for articulation agreement information for the A.A. Degree.

Click here for Common Course Outline information.

Click here for Gainful Employment information for the Early Childhood Education Certificate.

Click here for Gainful Employment information for the Early Childhood Education Diploma.

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