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ZS Endorsement Program

Expand your teaching options by earning an Early Childhood – General and Special Education (ZS) endorsement. When you add the ZS to your current Michigan elementary teaching certificate, you’ll be able to teach in general education early childhood classrooms, inclusive early childhood classrooms and early childhood special education classrooms.

Young children experience the most rapid and dramatic brain development before the age of 5. With the ZS endorsement, you’ll help set the pattern for the overall cognitive, social and physical development of your students during these crucial years.

Steps to earn the ZS endorsement:

  1. You must currently hold a valid Michigan elementary teaching certificate.
  2. Apply and talk to your advisor to determine if any previous coursework may apply to the ZS endorsement program. 
  3. Take your courses online.
  4. After completing the required courses, pass the MTTC Test #106 Early Childhood – General and Special Education.

Required courses:

If you already have a ZA endorsement and would like to change to the ZS, you take the following courses:

  • HDF 309 Families, Schools and Communities – 3 credits
  • HDF 400 Developmental Assessment of Children – 3 credits
  • SPE 585 Early Childhood Special Education – 3 credits
  • HDF 301 Infant/Toddler Practicum – 1-3 credits

If you have a Michigan Elementary Teacher certification, you take the following courses:

  • PSY 220 Developmental Psychology – 3 credits
  • HDF 200 Constructivism as a Tool for Learning – 2 credits
  • HDF 301 Infant/Toddler Practicum – 1-3 credits
  • HDF 302 Infant/Toddler Development – 3 credits
  • HDF 303 Early Childhood Development – 4 credits
  • HDF 309 Families, Schools and Communities – 3 credits
  • HDF 400 Developmental Assessment of Children – 3 credits
  • HDF 402 Guidance for Young Children – 3 credits
  • HDF 403 Best Practices in Early Childhood Settings – 3 credits
  • SPE 585 Early Childhood Special Education – 3 credits

For help in applying to CMU in order to enroll in upcoming courses or for more information, please submit this brief request form and one of our friendly Enrollment Specialists will contact you by phone or e-mail.