Early childhood focuses on the study of all children from birth through age eight. An Early Childhood (ZS) endorsement is increasingly becoming a requirement for employment in public and private school districts for kindergarten, first and second grades, and Headstart. This endorsement is required for state-funded four-year old preschool (GSRP) programs. Candidates with a ZS endorsement will also be able to teach in non-categorical early childhood special education (ECSE classrooms and Birth-3 home visiting programs).
Teacher candidates complete this 30 credit major in combination with the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.
This program (36 credit) is designed for individuals seeking an advanced degree in early childhood. Individuals may pursue the M.A.T. only or the ZS endorsement within the M.A.T. The ZS endorsement can only be added to an elementary teaching certificate.
Individuals certified in elementary education and interested in completing a Michigan Early Childhood (ZS) endorsement only must complete 27 credits (9 courses) and successfully pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC).
Individuals with a bachelor’s degree or higher who are seeking a career in teaching may obtain elementary teaching credentials in with a focus in early childhood.
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