|Ferris Course Title
|Ferris Credit Hours
|Fundamentals of Public Speaking
(B or higher)
|ENGL 121 OR ENGL 131
(B or higher)
|ENGL 122 or
|ENGL 321 or
ENGL 323 or
|Advanced Composition or Proposal Writing or Advanced Business Writing
Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
Ferris College: College of Arts, Sciences, and Education
Transfer School: Lansing Community College
Consortium Eligible: No
Articulation Agreement: Yes
Total Credits Required: 122 - 127
Catalog Year: 2023-2024
General Education Requirements
39-40 Credits Required
Students are encouraged to work with an advisor to select appropriate general education courses. Diversity Competency - 2 Courses Required. If not met by courses taken for Culture, Self and Society, or MTA, a student must meet the following: 1 course with the Global Diversity attribute and 1 course with the U.S. Diversity attribute. Ferris State University General Education www.ferris.edu/gened.
- Communication Competency
- Quantitative Literacy
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course MATH 114 Quantitative Reasoning for Professionals 4
- Natural Sciences Competency
Two courses are required with a minimum of 6 credits: must have at least one lab course. BIOL 109 is required for the Child Life Specialist Concentration (ECSP).
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course Varies Natural Sciences Electives 6 Varies
- Cultural Competency
Three courses are required with a minimum of 9 credits: must be from two different disciplines and have at least one at FSU 200 level or higher course.
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course LITR 326 Children's Literature 3 ENGL 208 Varies Culture Electives 6 Varies
- Self and Society Competency
Three courses are required with a minimum of 9 credits: must be from two different disciplines and have at least one at FSU 200 level or higher course, and at least one Self and Society Foundation course.
The courses listed below must be taken for the Child Life Specialist concentration. They can, however, apply to all Early Childhood concentrations. See Ferris advisor for course substitutions other than those listed.
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course SOCY 121 Introductory Sociology 3 SOCL 120 PSYC 150 Introduction to Psychology 3 PSYC 200 SOCY 225 Marriage and the Family 3 SOCL 254
82-86 Credits Required
- Major Courses
67 Credits Required. These courses are used to calculate the major 2.75 GPA requirement.
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course EDCD 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 4 No Equivalent EDCD 112 Theories of Child Development 3 No Equivalent EDCD 115 Observation and Documentation of Young Children 3 No Equivalent EDCD 160 Role of the Early Childhood Teacher 3 No Equivalent COHP 205 Child Care Food and Nutrition 3 No Equivalent EDCD 206 Ethical Practices in Early Childhood 3 No Equivalent EDCD 210 Methods for Teaching Infants and Toddlers 4 No Equivalent EDCD 211 Methods for Teaching Preschool and School Age Children 4 No Equivalent EDLA 261 Foundations of Literacy 3 No Equivalent EDCD 295 Early Childhood Education Practicum 6 CHDV 284 EDCD 308 Teaching Special Needs in Early Childhood Education 3 No Equivalent EDCD 340 Family Engagement in Early Childhood Education 3 No Equivalent EDCD 350 Curriculum Perspectives in Early Childhood Education 3 No Equivalent EDCD 380 Advocacy in Early Childhood Education 3 No Equivalent EDCD 425 Assessment and Research Methods in Early Childhood 4 No Equivalent EDCD 450 Current Issues in Early Childhood Education 3 No Equivalent EDCD 495 Early Childhood Education Internship 12 No Equivalent
15-19 Credits Required
One concentration is required (requires declaration).
- Birth Through Kindergarten Concentration (BIRK)
19 Credits Required. These courses are used to calculate the concentration 2.50 GPA requirement.
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course EDCD 310 Child Guidance 3 CHDV 111 EDLA 311 Advanced Foundations of Literacy Pre-Kindergarten through Third Grade 3 No Equivalent EDCD 408 Individualized Educational Plan/Individualized Family Service Plan Planning and Development 3 No Equivalent EDLA 411 Literacy Instruction and Assessment Pre-Kindergarten through Third Grade 4 No Equivalent EDCD 440 Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in Early Childhood 3 No Equivalent EDCD 488 Early Childhood Special Education Internship 3 No Equivalent
- Child Life Specialist Concentration (ECSP)
17 Credits Required. These courses are used to calculate the concentration 2.50 GPA requirement.
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course COHP 100 Orientation to Medical Vocabulary 1 No Equivalent EDUC 251 Human Growth Development 3 PSYC 221 COMM 320 Family Communication 3 No Equivalent PSYC 345 Psychology of Death and Dying 3 No Equivalent SOCY 373 Health and Illness in Society 3 No Equivalent EDCD 430 Introduction to Child Life Specialist Program 4 No Equivalent
- Early Childhood Lead Teacher Concentration (ECLT)
16 Credits Required. These courses are used to calculate the concentration 2.50 GPA requirement.
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course EDCD 310 Child Guidance 3 No Equivalent EDLA 311 Advanced Foundations of Literacy Pre-Kindergarten through Third Grade 3 No Equivalent EDCD 408 Individualized Educational Plan/ Individualized Family Service Plan Planning and Development 3 No Equivalent EDLA 411 Literacy Instruction and Assessment Pre-Kindergarten through Third Grade 4 No Equivalent EDCD 440 Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in Early Childhood 3 No Equivalent
- Early Childhood Management Concentration (ECMG)
15 Credits Required. These courses are used to calculate the concentration 2.50 GPA requirement.
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3 ACCG 210 MGMT 301 Applied Management 3 No Equivalent MGMT 310 Small Business Management 3 No Equivalent MKTG 321 Principles of Marketing 3 No Equivalent EDCD 410 Early Childhood Education Management and Leadership 3 CHDV 230
Program Contact Information
New Student Admission Requirements
- 2.50 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
- Minimum Composite ACT Score of 17/SAT 900
Transfer Student Admission Requirements
- Combined college or university GPA of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) from all institutions attended. GPA based on completion of 12 transferable semester credit hours or more.
- The degree completion program at a statewide and online location requires 48 transferable semester credits to be admitted.
- Completion of ENGL 150 or transfer equivalent of C grade or higher
- Transfer equivalency for Ferris State University’s MATH 114/115/117 or placement during the first semester at Ferris State University which would require a Math ACT score of 19 or higher; Math SAT of 500 or higher; or Math Accuplacer scores: Elementary Algebra score 75 or higher and College Level Math 0 to 49.
Select courses may be delivered online and/or in a mixed delivery format (i.e. a mix of online and face-to-face instruction at the Ferris Main Campus or at a statewide location).
To fulfill the residency requirement for a bachelor’s degree a student must earn a minimum of 30 credits from Ferris State University.
Steps to Apply
- Complete your https://ferris.my.site.com/apply/TX_CommunitiesSelfReg_blankfree application.
- Submit official transcripts
- Submit official transcripts from every school attended to [email protected]
- Or mail to:
Ferris State University Admissions Office
1201 S. State St., CSS 201
Big Rapids, MI 49307
- Submit test scores (if required)
- ACT Scores; go to the https://www.act.org_blankACT website - Ferris State University School Code: 1994
- SAT, CLEP and AP Sores; go to the https://www.collegeboard.org_blankCollege Board website - Ferris State University School Code: 1222
It is recommended that potential applicants meet with an advisor to review the degree, course schedule, transfer policies and have any questions answered prior to completing an application. Ferris accepts transfer courses in which the student earned a letter grade of "C" or better. Additional policies such as the Ferris Sunset and Residency Requirement should be discussed with a Ferris advisor. Students who are completing the MTA may have different general education course requirements for the particular degree selected.
Meeting with a Ferris advisor prior to the selection of general education or elective coursework may reduce the chance of completing a course that will not apply toward the selected degree. Students must work with their Ferris advisor to declare a Minor or Concentration and for the selection of Directed Electives.
Once admitted, students are required to complete an orientation and should continue to meet with an advisor as they work toward graduation.
To schedule an appointment or for additional transfer resources and policies see our Transfer Resource page.
*Indicates an approved Ferris course substitution
Reverse Transfer Agreement
Ferris has reverse transfer agreements with several Michigan Community Colleges. Under such agreement, Ferris will provide your official University transcript to a partner school you have attended, so that they may grant you an associate or bachelor's degree upon completion of sufficient and appropriate credit hours from both institutions. In turn, the degree-granting institution will provide Ferris with an updated transcript reflecting the newly earned credential.
Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)
Ferris participates in the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). This agreement will facilitate the transfer of general education requirements from one Michigan institution to another. Students may complete the MTA as part of a degree program or as a stand-alone package. The MTA consists of a minimum of 30 general education credit hours as identified by the college or university.
Students transferring to Ferris with the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) and entering a degree program will have met a 30-hour block of lower-level general education courses. However, this does not exempt students from completing program-specific prerequisites or higher-level general education course requirements. Students should contact their advisor regarding classes that meet the MTA.
Transfer guides are not intended to be a contract with Ferris. The information in
this guide is subject to change and is aligned with the catalog year listed above.
Students should contact their community college and/or Ferris to keep informed of
changes. Students' final responsibility for verifying all transfer information lies
with the student. Please refer to the Ferris catalog for the most current curriculum.
Partners may contact the Office of Transfer and Secondary School Partnerships with questions or updates at [email protected].