When you graduate with a Child Development (MTA Eligible) Associate Degree you will be prepared to transfer to the four-year college or university of your choice as a junior to complete a bachelor's degree. With with experience in the field, you will also become qualified to direct child care centers, head Start programs, and part-day preschools, and work as a Pre-K to 3rd grade teachers aide in public schools.
MTA refers to the Michigan Transfer Agreement, which if certain criteria are met, guarantees your associate degree will transfer to a public college or university in Michigan.
As you earn your associate degree, you will be involved in a variety of hands-on lab experiences with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age, and special needs children at the GRCC Lab Preschool and other sites in the community.
Child Development is a field of study that will prepare you to provide care and education for children from birth through age eight. In your job you will provide interactions and learning experiences that promote a young child’s intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth and development.
Students in the Pre-Early Childhood Education program will first complete the Child Development A.A.A.S. with MTA (120) before moving into this program. Students should be regularly meeting with a Child Development/Education advisor if they are interested in this program.