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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
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Elementary Education Early Childhood Comprehensive [BS]

A student selecting the Elementary Education Early Childhood Comprehensive will earn a Bachelor of Science and be certified to teach children from Kindergarten-Fifth grade and also earn the State of Michigan Z.S. endorsement. This indicates one has specialized expertise and experience with children from birth – third grade including special needs preschool children.


Students will learn how to plan, execute and assess developmentally appropriate learning experiences for all children including children from birth-age five with special needs. Students will complete four in school practicum experiences including two in the EMU Children’s Institute serving children from 2 &1/2-5 years of age.


Certified teachers with the Z.S. endorsement are able to teach in Kindergarten – fifth-grade classrooms and programs requiring the Z.S. endorsement including Inclusive early childhood programs, Great Start Readiness Programs, Head Start and other school district and private preschool programs.

Department Information

Teacher Education, College of Education

Wendy Burke, Ph.D. | Department Head (Interim) | 313 Porter | 734.487.3260 | wburke1@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Contact department for advisor information

Teacher Certification

Successful completion of this course of study, in the context of other program requirements, qualifies the student for recommendation for the Michigan Department of Education Elementary Standard Certificate, which is valid for teaching all subjects K-5, for teaching in self-contained classrooms in grades six to eight. In addition, the student who passes the Early Childhood Education MTTC is qualified for recommendation for endorsement in early childhood, certification code ZS. The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) for this field is #106, “Early Childhood Education,” and Elementary Certification Test, #103, and those needed for subject area endorsements.

Initial Teacher Preparation Program Admission

In order to pursue the sequence of courses necessary to complete eligibility for a recommendation for certification, one must apply for and be admitted to the teacher preparation program. Admission requirements are common for all teacher preparation programs, except that certain special education programs have additional requirements.

Admission to the teacher preparation program is not automatic and is a two-phase process. Only those persons who have formally applied are considered for admission. Not all persons who apply become eligible for admission.

Teaching majors and minors are unofficial until program admission. Students pursuing teacher certification should follow the catalog that exists at the time of program admission. It is important that students apply to the teacher preparation program as soon as they have earned 56 credit hours.

Admission to Phase I of the Initial Teacher Preparation Program

Students must meet all of the following requirements

  • Completion of 56 credit hours
  • Appropriate cumulative GPA. One of:
    • An overall EMU GPA of 2.5 or higher based on a minimum of 12 credit hours taken at EMU. An EMU GPA of 2.5 or higher in your major, based on at least one course in your major. The Elementary Education Major is comprehensive, therefore, the elementary major GPA is based on the cumulative of liberal arts curriculum and content course work.
    • Transferred 56 credits with a cumulative 3.0 GPA from all previous institutions.
  • A grade of “C” or higher in the following courses (if taken):  (or ), , , , , , and all of the professional education courses.
  • ICHAT criminal background check, and Statement of Civil/Criminal Convictions. If you answered yes to any of the civil/criminal conviction questions on the application, you will need to provide:
    • A copy of the Judgment of Sentence, or Registrar of Actions, or Certification of Conviction.
    • A written explanation of the offense(s). Application of students with civil/criminal convictions will be carefully reviewed and may take longer to process.
  • Attendance at Group Advising Session required. Your major may require additional advising sessions. Early childhood education students are required to attend both an elementary education and early childhood Education group advising session.

Admission to Initial Teacher Preparation Program Candidacy

Students must meet all of the following requirements and complete Phase I before starting Phase II

  • A grade of “C” or higher in the following courses (courses must be completed): , , and  
  • A Dispositions Review from  will be completed in LiveText. Students will be responsible for saving this as a PDF and uploading the file with their iChat form when applying to the ITTP.

General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements, see  or print a .  

Major Requirements: 72 hours

Professional Elementary Education Sequence: 49 hours

Minor Requirement:

This major does not require a minor.

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.

Beginning in Fall 2022, all baccalaureate degree programs for all undergraduates (regardless of catalog year) will require a minimum of 120 credit hours for completion.

Critical Graduation Information