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The Education programs embrace students at varying levels of professional development; from the student who has just completed high school and has little or no experience with children, to the seasoned teachers with a wealth of experience.

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Our programs provide students with carefully constructed courses that are based on sound theoretical foundations. Courses at all levels include field experiences in a variety of settings with diverse populations.

The GRCC Laboratory Preschool is the heart of the program, providing students with opportunities to be involved with children under the guidance of instructors in a model early childhood program.

We believe that adults, like children, learn best from their experiences, in a community of learners. As a part of that community, students reflect on their experiences in the context of a strong body of knowledge describing best practices, theory and research. The goal of this program is to develop teachers who are reflective professionals able to base their decisions on developmentally appropriate practices for groups and individual children within their cultural context.

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(616) 234-3370
330 RJF Hall


Melissa Hartley
GRCC is affordable and will help me obtain a higher education to make life better for me and my children. All my instructors have been very helpful and pushed me to be great while helping with questions I have asked.
Melissa Hartley, studying early childhood education