Gogebic Community College

Early Childhood Education

Teacher with students in grade school classroom

Early Childhood Education Program Overview

  • Associate Degree
  • 2 Years
  • Copper Country Center - Houghton


Early childhood educators play an important role in shaping who a child will become. They are the link between home and school, communicating with parents and meeting the needs of both children and families.  An early childhood educator can be expected to:   

  • Attending a child’s basic needs for trust and understanding  
  • Prepare curriculum that stimulates the children’s physical, emotional, intellectual, and social growth  
  • Help children explore and learn through the development of their interests which enhances independence and builds self-esteem  
  • Create a safe, healthy learning environment for children to grow and develop 

This program is designed to prepare teachers and assistant teachers to work effectively with children in preschool programs.   

Unique Features

  • Employable upon completion
  • Transferable


  • Students are required to work closely with the transfer coordinator and intended transfer institution to select relevant coursework  
  • Transfer institutions may require a GPA of 2.7 or higher and satisfactory scores on a basic skills test  



Courses at Gogebic

Prefix Title Credits
COL 102 College and Career Success 1
ENG 101 OR ENG 105 English Composition 1 OR Technical English 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 4
ECE 195 Practicum I 3
2 ECE courses 2 ECE courses 6
Prefix Title Credits
ENG 102 OR SPE 101 OR SPE 105 English Composition II OR Communications Course 3
PSY 202 Child and Adolescent Psychology (Spring) 3
2 ECE courses 2 ECE courses 6
MTH 100 or higher Mathematics 3-4
Prefix Title Credits
Lab Science Lab Science 3-4
SOC 101 OR SOC 102 Intro to Sociology (fall) OR Social Problems (spring) 3
Transfer Elective Transfer Elective 3-4
2 ECE courses 2 ECE courses 6
Prefix Title Credits
ECE 295 Practicum II 3
Humanities Elective Humanities Elective 3-4
Social Science Elective Social Science Elective 3-4
2 ECE courses 2 ECE courses 6
Total Credits: 63-67

Additional Information

See college catalog for more details on ECE course offerings

Scenic Background