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Teaching Early Childhood B-K & Special Education


Program Overview

A child's developmental journey begins at birth, but continues for years to come. Gain the skills and credentials you'll need for a career in the classroom in the early childhood development and learning program for teaching. Intensive real-world experience gives you the education, training, and skills to help all children become their best.


Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On-Campus, Online
Program Length: 5 Years
Credit Hours: 48

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

This period of incredible physical, emotional, and cognitive growth lays the foundation for future success and wellness for all children.   

Your coursework includes: 
  • Practice-based education
  • Teaching young children with and without disabilities
  • Infant, toddler, and early childhood social, emotional, and physical development
  • Learning through play
  • Creative arts, early math, language and literacy, science and social studies

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.

Program Highlights

The Literacy Center at CMU represents a dynamic partnership between Central Michigan University and the surrounding central Michigan region. Support area students and their families by providing instructional services in reading and writing and providing undergraduate teacher candidates and graduate students the opportunity to acquire and hone their skills and knowledge in literacy diagnosis and remediation.

Scholarships are available each academic year through the Department of Teacher Education & Professional Development to teacher education students.

STEM Education is CMU's Center for Excellence in STEM Education (CESE) that positively impacts mathematics, science, and engineering educators at all levels in Michigan and beyond through innovative partnerships, programs, and professional development opportunities.

Student Council for Exceptional Children is a student organization that is affiliated with the National Council for Exceptional Children. The purpose of this chapter is to advance the education of individuals with disabilities and to promote related, educational, scientific, and support purposes.

Careers & Outcomes

Prepare for a wide range of opportunities with your degree.

Career Projected Salary
Family/School/General Social Worker $50,357
Preschool/Childcare Teacher $30,210
Childcare/Preschool Director $47,310
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