NOTE: Phasing out Fall 2021 - being replaced by Elementary-Early Childhood Teaching and Learning (with Certification) Concentration Early Childhood. Courses available for this program will be offered through Fall 2027. For information about the new elementary, Early Childhood Teaching and Learning program with certification, visit the catalog or schedule an appointment with an advisor.

By selecting the Elementary Education Early Childhood Comprehensive Major you will earn a Bachelor of Science that leads to a K-5 elementary education teaching certificate. You will also be eligible to earn the State of Michigan Early Childhood General and Special Education (ZS) endorsement. This indicates that you have specialized expertise to work with young children from birth through grade three, including pre-K children with special needs.

What You Will Learn

You will learn how to plan, execute and assess developmentally appropriate learning experiences for all children, including children from birth-age five with special needs. Additionally, you will complete four in school practicum experiences including two in the EMU Children’s Institute working with children from ages two-and-a-half to five.


Certified teachers with the Early Childhood General and Special Education (ZS) endorsement are able to teach in grades K-5 all subjects and in grades 6-8 self-contained classrooms. In addition, students may teach programs requiring the Early Childhood General and Special Education endorsement, including inclusive early childhood programs, Great Start Readiness Programs, Head Start and other school district and private preschool programs.

At a Glance

  • Average of 133 credit hours depending on minor
  • Average time to complete 4.5 years
  • On campus
  • No minor required


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