Young children need special care and attention as they develop from infancy. They need guidance, teaching, and positive examples to become healthy teens and eventually adults. If you have a special spot in your heart for children, then consider a degree in early childhood. You’ll learn how to care for their health, education, and welfare. You’ll learn responsibility for their social, physical, and intellectual development. Day cares are a common employer, where routine activities such as managing the eating, sleeping, health care, and recreational needs of children are the main day-to-day tasks. Preschool teachers provide additional learning experiences. A director supervises programs, including supplies and equipment, balancing the budget, and working with parents. With an early childhood degree from Wayne State, you’ll prepare for a variety of these situations and be ready for many different careers in caring for young children.
Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey
Degrees offered: B.A., B.S.
For concentration: 56
General education: 41
To graduate from WSC: 120
A total of 480 hours of field experience is also required to complete the program.
Popular minors: Foods and Nutrition, Family Life Studies, Spanish
School: Business and Technology
Department: Technology and Applied Science
Our Focus is Results
Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.
- Food preparation and baking
- Meal management and nutrition
- Health and safety of young children
- Red Cross CPR certification
- Parenting and family relationships
- Professional presentation techniques
- Consumer economics
- Early childhood growth and development
- Pre-school curriculum development and practice
- Children’s literature
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Leadership and organization
- Time management
- Preschool teacher
- Childcare director
- Teaching assistant
- Education administrator
- Day care provider
- Guidance counselor
- After-school program manager
- Camp director
- Youth worker
- Child development specialist
- Family support specialist
- Day cares
- Early learning academies
- Elementary schools
- Social services
- Child development services
- Government agencies
- Community centers
- Youth program facilities
- Counseling centers
- Student support centers
Learn from the Best
Our faculty are accomplished, with 85% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.
Outside the Classroom
At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, art shows, internships, and more.
Clubs and Organizations
- Early Childhood Association
- Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Professionals (AFCS)
- Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career! Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.
- District competitions – Compete in FCCLA STAR events to receive national recognition for your achievements in a variety of areas as they relate to the purpose of the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America organization.
- Peer tutoring and mentoring programs – Help fellow students master their courses and improve their skills, or be part of a support system for new students, all while gaining valuable experience for your resume.
- Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
You’ll have a chance to work at local preschools or daycares to gain field experience and earn credit toward your degree in early childhood. Career Services is also available to help you find the best internship and employment opportunities.