Early Childhood

The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood is paired with elementary teacher certification to qualify you to teach all subjects in grades K-5; with the option to become certified to teach early childhood upon meeting the endorsement requirements. Within the basic elementary education degree curriculum, it enables students to meet State requirements for a Michigan Elementary Standard Teaching Certificate and the Early Childhood Endorsement (ZS) as well as to gain special competencies in the area of early childhood. It prepares individuals for careers in childcare centers, working with young children and their families, birth through kindergarten, as well as in the elementary grades 1-5. The program includes a concentrated study of the young child in infant/toddler, preschool, and early school contexts with extensive opportunities for field experiences in a variety of settings.

Dearborn Discovery Core

Please see the Dearborn Discovery Core (General Education) webpage or additional information.

Foundational Studies

Writing and Communication (GEWO) – 6 Credits

Upper-Level Writing Intensive (GEWI) – 3 Credits

Quantitative Thinking and Problem Solving (GEQT) – 3 Credits

Critical and Creative Thinking (GECC) – 3 Credits

Areas of Inquiry

Natural Science (GENS) – 7 Credits

  • Lecture/Lab Science Course
  • Additional Science Course

Social and Behavioral Analysis (GESB) – 9 Credits

Humanities and the Arts (GEHA) – 6 Credits

Intersections (GEIN) – 6 Credits


Capstone (GECE) – 3 Credits

Core Course Requirements

Language Arts
COMP 105Writing & Rhetoric I3
EXPS 298Exploring Writing to Communicate, Learn, & Teach3
LING 280Introduction to Linguistics3
LIBR 465Literature for Children3
or EDA 236 Literacy in Grades 3-6
Social Studies
EXPS 282History & Civics Elem Schools3
EXPS 283Geography & Econ Elem Schools3
or EDM 292 The world around us: Integrated world geography for upper elementary teachers
MATH 385Math for Elemen Teachers I3
MATH 386Math for Elem Teachers II3
MATH 387Math for Elem Teachers III (Not required for the Early Childhood major.)3
Science Studies
NSCI 231Inquiry: Physical Science 13
NSCI 232Inquiry:Earth/Planet Science 13
NSCI 233Inquiry: Life Science 13
EXPS 420Science Capstone3
Not required for the Early Childhood major.
Total Credit Hours39

Two of the three NSCI core courses may be transferred to UM-Dearborn. A) an introductory physical science will satisfy NSCI 231, B) an introductory earth/planetary science will satisfy NSCI 232, and C) an introductory life science course will satisfy NSCI 233.

BIOL 240/BIOL 242 and NSCI 120/NSCI 121 cannot be used for science credit.

Pre-Professional Requirements

Pre-professional courses are generally completed in the freshman and sophomore year.  

EDA 205Introduction to Education3
or EDA 200 Social Justice & Community Based Education
EDA 419Early Literacy/Language Devel3
or EDA 219 Early Literacy: Birth to Grade 3
Required for Early Childhood and Special Education Majors only
EDC 240Psych of Child Development3
EDF 450Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children and Families3
EDT 211Design Tech-Based Learn Solutn3
EXPS 250Elem Ed Vis & Perf Arts3
EXPS 407Inquiry-based Math and Science3
Required for Early Childhood Majors only
Total Credit Hours21

Major Requirements

A minimum of 34 semester hours from the following:

EDC 414Early Child Ed Special Needs3
EDC 439Child Maltreatment and Trauma3
EDC 442EC: Fam/Sch/Comm Collaboration3
EDC 445Develop Assess of Young Child3
EDD 406Teach Strategies Early Child3
EDD 410Practicum in Early Child Ed1
EDD 411Directed Tchg: Early Childhood4
EDD 412Seminar in Early Childhood Ed2
EDC 431Constructivist Education3
EDC 440The Child: Birth to Three3
EDD 446Intervention Strat EC Spec Ed3
EDC 446Cog/Memory Dev in Children3
Total Credit Hours34

Major Notes:

  1. With the approval of the Early Childhood Program Coordinator, a maximum of six credit hours of freshman and sophomore level transfer courses in early childhood will be considered for general credit toward the early childhood major.
  2. An overall GPA of 2.75 or better is required for the major.
  3. At least 15 semester hours in UM-Dearborn courses required for a major.
  4. A grade of S is required in EDD 411.

Program Notes:

  1. Minimum GPA's are required for program completion: 2.75 cumulative, 2.75 in major, 2.75 in optional minor(s), and 2.75 in Professional Studies.
  2. Advising Policy:  The student is responsible for complying with requirements described in the Undergraduate Catalog as well as on the Four Phase Checklist.  Students are expected to meet with their College of Education, Health, and Human Services advisor at least once per year and in the term prior to graduation.
  3. Courses taken on a PASS/FAIL basis will NOT be accepted toward program completion.
  4. The minimum number of semester hours required to graduate is 128.
  5. CEHHS recommends successful program completers for State of Michigan Certification, however, it is ultimately up to the State of Michigan to issue certificates.  Certain offenses on a criminal record can keep individuals from obtaining teacher certification.  Please refer to The Revised School Code, Act 451 of 1976, section 380.1539b.
  6. Students must meet Dearborn Discovery Core requirements.