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Early Childhood Development and Learning Minor, B.S. in Ed., Standard Elementary Certificate

Early Childhood Development and Learning is a field of study that examines the growth and development of children birth through age eight, within the context of teaching and working with children in educational and social settings. The courses on this minor 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. This minor is especially appropriate for students who plan on working in inclusive early childhood settings such as PK-3 elementary classrooms, child care centers, preschools, Head Start, Early Head Start programs, and early childhood special education programs.

Students who complete this minor may take the Michigan Early Childhood Examination. Successful completion of this examination results in the addition of the Early Childhood (ZS) Endorsement to the student’s teaching certificate. 

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

  1. Student must have completed or currently be enrolled in HDF 100 or EDU 280 or PSY 220 as a pre-requisite and must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 in order to declare a minor.
  2. Student must have a minimum program GPA of 2.7 in order to graduate with all teaching minors.
  3. Student must receive a grade of C+ or better in HDF 302, HDF 303, and HDF 402 in order to graduate with this minor.
  4. HDF 402 is a departmental methods course and must be completed with a grade of C+ or better before student teaching.
  5. In order to meet Michigan Department of Education Standards for the ZS Endorsement Capstone Experience, student teaching assignments must take place in at least two of the three areas (infant/toddler, preschool, and K-3) under the direction of a qualified cooperating teacher.

Program Requirements

Prerequisite Course (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

EDU 280Education of Children


HDF 100Lifespan Development


PSY 220Developmental Psychology


Note: These courses may be double counted on the degree.

Development and Family Courses (15 hours)

HDF 301Infant Toddler Practicum Experience


HDF 302Infant and Toddler Development


HDF 303Early Childhood Development


HDF 309Families, Schools, and Communities


HDF 400Developmental Assessment of Children


Learning Courses I (8 hours)

HDF 200Constructivism as a Tool for Learning


HDF 402Guidance for Young Children


SPE 585Early Childhood Special Education


Learning Courses II (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

EDU 525Early Childhood Education


HDF 403Best Practices in Early Childhood Settings


Total: 29 semester hours