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Child Development and Early Education Program


Lansing Community College offers two program options in Child Development and Early Education. Each addresses the various components of high quality early childhood education in a variety of settings and for all ages, including infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children. Instructional methods include lecture-discussion, hands-on experiences, and supervised fieldwork. Some courses are offered on-line or as a hybrid.

The conceptual framework of the Child Development and Early Education program evolved out of a series of meetings held in 2007 and 2008.  Full-time and adjunct faculty, field instructors, and community stakeholders engaged in guided discussions to identify the program's core values, to explore our assumptions about adult learners, and then to collaboratively develop mission and vision statements which encapsulate our shared philosophy.  The resulting conceptual framework is seen as a dynamic document which continuously guides the development, implementation, evaluation, and revision of courses and curriculum whose content and outcomes are closely aligned with NAEYC standards for Associate Degree programs and the Michigan Core Knowledge and Competencies for early childhood professionals.

The Child Development and Early Education Program at Lansing Community College is accredited by the Commission on Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1313 L Street NW, Suite 500, Washington DC 20005.  (800) 424-2460 ext. 8007.  The accreditation term runs from 03/2018 to 03/2020.

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To view degree and certificate requirements click on the curriculum code below.


Degrees and Certificates


Child Development - Certificate of Achievement (PDF)

This is a 38-credit, four semester program that prepares students for positions as assistant teachers or teachers in early childhood education  programs. Course work for the certificate can be applied toward the associate degree.


Child Development - Associate in Arts Degree (PDF)
This is a 64-credit program that can be completed in a minimum of four semesters. It qualifies individuals to be teachers or program directors in early childhood education programs.


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Course Offerings

Many of the courses are offered at LCC throughout the academic year and can be taken to upgrade current skills or fulfill degree and certificate requirements. Visit the Course Offerings page for information pertaining to courses available during a particular semester and to view course descriptions.

To schedule an appointment with a program advisor or for specific program information, contact the Child Development and Early Education Program at: (517) 483-1972 or (517) 483-1410.

Nature of Work

Early childhood educators are care providers, teaching assistants, lead teachers or directors in early education and child care centers or family child care homes. They provide quality care and education for infants, toddlers, preschoolers or school age children in both full-day and part-day programs. They promote the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of children through positive interactions and developmentally appropriate activities. Program directors are responsible for the entire daily operation of the center.

Young children learn mainly through play. Recognizing the importance of play, early childhood educators build their program around it. They plan activities and interactions that capitalize on children's play to further language and literacy development (storytelling and pretend play), improve social skills (working together during play with blocks), and introduce scientific and mathematical concepts (balancing and counting blocks, when building a bridge or mixing colors when painting). Thus, early childhood educators help children learn through active involvement with materials and people. Techniques include small group activities, individual interactions, and learning through creative activities, such as art, dramatic play, and music.

Interaction with peers is an important part of a child's early development. Preschool children are given an opportunity to engage in conversation and discussions, and learn to play and work cooperatively with their classmates. Early childhood educators play a vital role in preparing children to build the skills they will need in school.

Employment Prospects

Employment of early childhood educators is projected to increase about 2 percent from 2018 to 2028, slower than the average for all occupations.

Parents who work will continue to need the assistance of childcare workers.  In addition, the demand for preschools and childcare facilities, and consequently childcare workers, should remain strong because early childhood education is widely recognized as important for a child's intellectual and emotional development.

However, the increasing cost of childcare and the growth in the number of stay-at-home parents may reduce demand for childcare workers.

Overall job opportunities for childcare workers are expected to be favorable.  Many job openings are projected to arise each year from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation or the labor force.  Workers who attain the Child Development Associate credential should have the best job prospects.

Skills You Need

Early education and childcare work requires patience, creativity, flexibility, and the ability to nurture. Good communication and positive guidance skills are essential. Teachers and directors must possess leadership, teamwork and organizational skills, and the ability to problem solve.

Expected Earnings

Salaries vary widely according to job status and agency. Current starting salaries generally start around $23,240, annually.  Director salaries may be higher. Pay depends on the educational attainment of the worker and the type of establishment.

Michigan Career Pathway for Early Childhood and School Age Professionals

Child Development Program Related Links

Early Childhood Standards for Infants/Toddlers

Early Childhood Standards for Pre-Kindergarten

Early Childhood Investment Corporation

Great Start to Quality

National Associate for the Education of Young Children

Council for Professional Recognition (CDA Credential)

Ingham Great Start Collaborative


State of Michigan Child Care

Michigan Department of Education, Office of Great Start
"Child Care and Early Education Research Connections," is a free, federally-funded Web site offering a comprehensive, up-to-date, and easy-to-use collection of more than 13,000 resources from the many disciplines related to child care and early education. The site allows users to search, refine searches, download full-text resources, analyze data on line, and perform many other tasks important to researchers, policymakers, and education decision-makers.

LCC Scholarships

See the LCC Scholarship Application process for more information.

For further questions regarding LCC Scholarships, please contact the Foundation Office at 517-483-1989.

Other Scholarships Available:

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Michigan is a statewide scholarship program designed to help early childhood educators meet their professional development goals while continuing their current employment in regulated early childhood and school age care settings.

Application available at

Child Development and Early Education Field Experiences

Students enrolled in the CHDV program are required to complete field experiences as part of their coursework. Field work is an essential part of the CHDV program that allow students real-world experiences to practice and apply what they are learning.

To complete their field experience, students will be placed at an early childhood program designated by the LCC CHDV program.

Students who are employed in licensed child care centers or family child care homes may be approved by the CHDV program to use their worksite to complete field experiences.

CHDV Courses with Field Experiences

CHDV Course Field Experience Hours Required During the Semester
CHDV 111-Child Guidance and Communication 4 hours per week
CHDV 215-Infant Toddler Program 4 hours per week
CHDV 220-Early Childhood Curr/Learn Environ 4 hours per week
CHDV 284-Early Childhood Practicum 12 hours per week


Field Experiences - What Students Can Expect

  • A Field Instructor will assign each student to a classroom and create a semester long weekly schedule for completing the required field experience hours. 
  • During the field experience, students will interact and engage with children in the classroom to practice and demonstrate the skills being taught in the corresponding class.
  • A Lab Assistant will be assigned to each student to complete formal observations using a rubric to evaluate the student’s skills and provide feedback as well as opportunities for reflection. Informal observations may take place periodically based on student needs.
  • Students using their worksite will work with a Lab Assistant to make sure the worksite meets the program field placement requirements.
  • Students will coordinate days/times for observations with their assigned Field Instructor.
  • Students will be responsible for keeping a log of their weekly hours. The supervisor, center director or lead teacher at the field site will need to verify the hours completed by the end of the semester. The student is responsible for turning in the attendance log to their course instructor.

For more information, contact

Heidi Jordan
Phone: (517) 483-1417





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The Child Development and Early Education Program at Lansing Community College is accredited by the Commission on Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1313 L Street NW, Suite 500, Washington DC 20005.  (800) 424-2460 ext. 8007.  The accreditation term runs from 03/2018 to 03/2020.

As part of the program's achieving and maintaining NAEYC accreditation, it must report annually on the following measures and display these data on its website.

Outcome Measure #1: The Number of Program Completers

Academic Year

Number of program completers

% of program completers who were attending full-time (at the time of completion)

% of program completers who were attending part-time (at the time of completion)













Note: This table references students earning a degree in Child Development and Early Education within the timeframe listed and disaggregates by enrollment status (12 or more credits = full-time; less than 12 = part-time) during the semester the award (major code 1637 or 1253) was conferred.

Outcome Measure #2: The Program Completion Rate What is the published timeframe for full-time candidates to complete the early childhood program(s) included in this Annual Report?

Academic year in which a Fall cohort of full-time students enrolled at the institution (select three sequential years)

Percentage of those students who completed the program within 150% of the published timeframe

Percentage of those students who completed the program within 100%, 200% (twice) or 300% (three times) of the published timeframe (Please circle or underline the indicator above on which the program will report.)










Note: This table reflects the three most recent academic years in which the program has data.

Outcome Measure #3: Institutional Selected Data (A) The fall-to-fall retention rate in the program for each of the three most recently completed academic years

Academic Year

Outcome Measure

Performance Data


Average GPA at graduation



Average GPA at graduation



Average GPA at graduation


Note: This table reflects the three most recent academic years in which the program has data.

Health and Human Services at Lansing Community College

Child Development
Health and Human Services Bldg, Room 108
Phone: (517) 483-1410
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