Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program at Eastern Michigan is a large and vibrant program at the undergraduate and graduate levels. There is great interest at both the federal and state level in Early Childhood Education programs serving our youngest learners but especially for children at-risk of future school success. Students who hold the ZS endorsement are finding multiple job opportunities in federally funded Head Start Programs, State of Michigan Great Start Readiness Programs as well as public, charter, and private preschool and K-3rd grade classrooms.

Undergraduate Level

The undergraduate Liberal Arts Curriculum, along with the Elementary Education Early Childhood Comprehensive Major, leads to elementary teacher certification for K-8 grade in a classroom teaching all subjects. Students also earn the General and Special Education (ZS) Endorsement which indicates they have specific expertise in working with children from birth through third grade. This includes teaching in an Early Childhood Special Education classroom and other inclusive ECE settings. This is a 124 credit hour program and can be completed in four years. Eastern Michigan University's ECE program has develop articulation agreements with local community colleges for ease in transferring to Eastern for those students interested in ECE.

Graduate Level

At the graduate level, students can earn the 31 credit Master's of Arts in Early Childhood Education degree, which includes the ZS endorsement at the graduate level or can choose to just earn the 26 credit hour General and Special Education (ZS) Endorsement. This includes teaching in an Early Childhood Special Education classroom and other inclusive ECE settings. For students who already have the no longer issued, but still valid, (ZA) endorsement, the (ZS) endorsement can be added after taking seven additional credits and passing the state test.

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    The Gail E. Johnston Early Childhood Classroom and Resource Library

    The Gail E. Johnston Early Childhood Classroom and Resource Library, located in 223 Porter Building, contains state-of-the art technology and materials to prepare future and current early childhood teachers and leaders. As early childhood educators teach in this environment using centralized controls for audiovisual and computer equipment, they serve as models for their students, encouraging appropriate use of technology with young children.

    The Margo Dichtelmiller Early Childhood Classroom

    The Margo Dichtelmiller Early Childhood Classroom, located in 224 Porter Building, provides and up-to-date setting designed for adult learners in the Early Childhood Education program.

    The Children's Institute at Eastern Michigan University

    The Children's Institute at Eastern Michigan University, located in the Fletcher Building, provides high-quality early childhood education programs for the children of EMU students, faculty, staff and surrounding communities. The institute also participates in the preparation of EMU students to be early childhood education teachers. For more information, visit The Children's Institute website.

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