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Early Childhood Development and Learning

Early Childhood Development and Learning Major
(B.A., B.A.A., B.S.)
This major is especially appropriate for students who plan on working in non-elementary school early childhood settings such as child care centers, preschools, Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Students interested in the teaching of young children within the elementary school setting should refer to the Early Childhood certification majors on the B.S. in Education degree. 

**Full list of courses for the ECDL major!

Early Childhood Certification Majors
(B.S. in Education)
We are leading the way in implementing the State of Michigan's new guidelines that prepare future educators by specializing in specific grade bands.

Teaching Early Childhood, B-K and Early Childhood Special Education Major - offered on campus or online

Prepare to teach birth through kindergarten children in childcare, preschool and kindergarten classrooms and home settings. Clinical experiences will be in classrooms/programs with young children with and without disabilities.

Teaching Early Childhood, B-3 and Early Childhood Special Education Major

Prepare to teach birth through third grade children in childcare, preschool, Prekindergarten through third grade classrooms and home settings. Clinical experiences will be in classrooms/programs with young children with
and without disabilities.

Teaching Grades PK-3 Major

Prepare to teach preschool through third grade in a self-contained general education classroom. Clinical experiences will be in classrooms/
programs with children spanning preschool to grade three.

The BAA Early Childhood Development and Learning major, BS Early Childhood Development and Learning major,and BS Ed Early Childhood Development and Learning major at Central Michigan University are accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, www.naeyc.org. The accreditation term runs from 2019 to 2021.

The courses in this major meet the course work requirements for early childhood education and preschool teaching by the Michigan Department of Education and the training guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), providing students with education, training, and skills to work with children and families from diverse backgrounds.


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