CMU Students... the CDLL is here to offer YOU unparalleled opportunities to study the development of young children, family relationships, and best practices in early childhood education!
All students enrolled in the Child Development programs will experience concentrated learning in CMU's state of the art Child Development and Learning Laboratory (CDLL) facility. The facility offers children in the community a high quality preschool learning environment, while serving as a training and research facility for CMU students. Child Development students will spend a minimum of two semesters in the CDLL learning to observe children's development and practicing guidance and management skills (HDF 303 and 402). Early Childhood Concentration students will also spend a semester student teaching in the CDLL (HDF 409). From time to time, the CDLL also offers learning opportunities to students in other CMU programs including music, art, communication disorders, nutrition and more.
Child Development with Elementary Certification
Focus: Preschool and Early Elementary Grades
The intent of the Child Development Major and Minor for elementary education is to provide students with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of children. The study of children from birth through age eight is viewed within the context of teaching and working with children in educational settings. Students who complete this program may take the Michigan Early Childhood Examination. Successful completion of this examination results in the addition of the Early Childhood (ZA) Endorsement to the student's K-8 teaching certificate. The ZA Endorsement is
required for employment in Michigan Public School Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) preschools.
Child Development: Early Childhood Concentration
Focus: Infant, Toddler and Preschool Programs
The Child Development: Early Childhood Concentration is a structured plan of study designed to meet the training guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This concentration is especially appropriate for students who plan on working in early childhood settings such as preschools, Head Start programs and child care centers without focusing on elementary education. This major is approved by the Michigan Department of Education for employment as a lead teacher in non-public school Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) preschools.
Registered Student Organizations
The Department of Human Environmental Studies sponsors the CMU Student affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. NAEYC students have opportunities to network with other students in Child Development, to participate in service learning opportunities, to meet and learn with early childhood professionals and to attend local, state and national conferences. Opportunities also exist for students to take on leadership roles within this organization through elected positions on the e-board. Student AEYC meets every other week, with e-board meetings on the alternate weeks.