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Early Childhood Development and Learning

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.

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 Development and Learning major on the B.S. in Education degree.
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Possible Early Childhood Development and Learning Courses
  • HDF 100: Lifespan Development
  • HDF 302: Infant & Toddler Development
  • HDF 303: Early Childhood Development
  • HDF 403: Best Practices in Early Childhood Settings
**Full list of courses for the ECDL major (non-teaching)!

Early Childhood Development and Learning Major
(B.S. in Education)
Students who complete this program may take the Michigan Early Childhood Examination, which results in the addition of the Early Childhood (ZS) Endorsement to the student's K-8 teaching certificate. The ZS Endorsement is required for employment in Michigan Public School Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) preschools. 
Find your early childhood
advisor!
​ 


Possible Early Childhood Development and Learning Courses
  • HDF 100: Lifespan Development
  • HDF 302: Infant & Toddler Development
  • HDF 303: Early Childhood Development
  • HDF 403: Best Practices in Early Childhood Settings

**Full list of courses for the ECDL major (BSEd)!

Early Childhood Development and Learning Minor
(B.S. in Education)
This minor is especially appropriate for students who plan on working in inclusive early childhood settings such as Pre-K - 3 elementary classrooms, child care centers, preschools, Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
Find your early childhood
advisor!
​ 

**Full list of courses for the early childhood development and learning minor!
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