National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
State of Michigan Early Childhood Education Endorsement Program
The 27-credit early childhood education minor prepares professionals to teach in and direct programs for typically and atypically developing children from birth through third grade. Diversity and equity of access to educational opportunity are integral to the program and teacher candidates are prepared to work with children and families with a range of cultural, language, religious, economic, and racial/ethnic backgrounds. The program is aligned to meet state and national standards for knowledge and skills needed to work with families and teach diverse children in inclusive programs serving children from birth through age eight.
The 21-credit early childhood minor is offered for nonteaching majors whose careers may involve working with young children and families.
Certification & Endorsement
The early childhood endorsement (ZS) can only be attained in combination with the CSAT elementary education certification major. Successful completion of the CSAT and elementary education majors, the early childhood minor, and other state certification requirements qualifies students for elementary education certification and for the ZS specialty endorsement for teaching in general and special education programs serving children from birth to grade 3.