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Early Childhood Education Degrees and Certificates

NMC’s Early Education programs are designed to prepare students who seek a career in childcare administration, lead teaching and caregiving in a childcare or preschool setting, working as a paraprofessional/teacher’s aide in a school system or pursuing a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.

NMC offers three comprehensive pathways for careers in early care and education. The two foundation level credentials include an Early Childhood Education and Care Certificate of Achievement or an Early Education Cohort program that meets the National CDA (Child Development Associate) credentialing requirements. The third and highest degree offered at NMC is an Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Arts.

For those currently working in the field of early education, NMC works in partnership with the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Michigan scholarship program to provide funding and support to eligible students. More information can be found here.

If you are seeking elementary education certification, please consult the Elementary Education transfer guide for the transfer school of choice or see an advisor.

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In-District ( Grand Traverse County residents) Tuition

$122.00 per contact hour

In-State ( other Michigan counties) Tuition

$261.00 per contact hour

Out-of-state Tuition

$340.00 per contact hour

International Tuition

$383.00 per contact hour

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Other fee of $33.00 per contact hour is a general fee covering a portion of costs for technology, orientation, placement, career testing, Student Government Association, and other student service activities.

$33.00 per contact hour

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Note: For more information on how COA component estimates are calculated, see the bottom of the Tuition and Fees page.

Enrolled students can find their own calculated Cost of Attendance in NMC Self-Service under Financial Aid. Others can use the Net Price Calculator to estimate the total annual cost of attending NMC based on their program and enrollment plans, along with financial aid eligibility.

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