Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education Program is designed for those intending to work with children, birth through eight years of age. Within the basic elementary education degree curriculum, it enables students to meet State requirements for a Michigan Provisional Elementary Teacher's 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.

The requirements of the Early Childhood Education Program for undergraduates are as follows:

Distribution Requirements

Early Childhood and Elementary Certification

Required Courses
COMP 105Writing & Rhetoric I3
COMP 106Writing & Rhetoric II3
ENGL 327Advanced Exposition3
LIBR 465Literature for Children3
EXPS 282History & Civics Elem Schools3
EXPS 283Geography & Econ Elem Schools3
EXPS 220Science in the Elem School3
NSCI 231Inquiry: Physical Science3
NSCI 232Inquiry:Earth/Planet Science3
NSCI 233Inquiry: Life Science3
MATH 385Math for Elemen Teachers I3
MATH 386Math for Elem Teachers II3
Supplementary Content Requirements
EDA 419Early Literacy/Language Devel3
EDF 450Hlth, Nutr, & PE/Clsrm Tchrs2
EXPS 250Elem Ed Vis & Perf Arts3
EXPS 407Inquiry-based Math and Science3
Pre-Professional Studies
EDA 205Introduction to Education3
EDC 240Psych of Child Development3
EDC 241Psych: Child Devel Practicum1
EDT 211Design Tech-Based Learn Solutn3
Total Credit Hours57

Dearborn Discovery Core Requirement

The minimum passing grade for a Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC) course is 2.0. The minimum GPA for the program is 2.0. In addition, the DDC permits any approved course to satisfy up to three credit hours within three different categories. Please see the General Education Program: The Dearborn Discovery Core section for additional information.

Foundational Studies

Written and Oral 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

Other Requirements

  1. The Campus Composition Placement Test (CCPT) is required of all students, i.e., UM-Dearborn undergraduates and transfer students. Transfer students who have been given credit for COMP 105 and COMP 106 but receive a prescription from the CCPE for COMP 099 must enroll in an additional composition course (COMP 227). This test must be taken within the first semester that a student is enrolled in class.
  2. Application to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services Certification Program is required of all students. The timing of this application is detailed on the four-phase checklist.
  3. The MTTC (Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification) Professional Readiness Examination must be taken and scores must be at the state-approved level or alternative scoring measures for admission.
  4. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale is required overall, in the major, in the minor(s), and in the professional sequence courses.
  5. All requirements as identified in the College’s four-phase screening program must be met for a teaching certificate recommendation. (See four-phase checklist.)
  6. Minimum number of hours to graduate is 128 credit hours.

Early Childhood Major Requirements

A minimum of 34 semester hours from the following:

EDB 422Lead,Advoc, Admin Early Ch Prg3
EDC 414Early Child Ed Special Needs3
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
or EDD 416 Creativty/Crit Thnk Yng Childr
Total Credit Hours34


  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.

Early Childhood and Elementary Certification-Professional Sequence

The professional sequence of early childhood elementary education courses consists of:

EDA 340Foundations of American Ed3
EDC 300Educational Psychology3
EDC 412Social Devl/Pos Guidnce Techn3
Methodologies (See Note #1 below)
EDD 452Methods of Teaching Math K-83
EDD 468Teach Read/Lang Arts- Elem Grd3
EDD 467Practicum in Reading Instruct 11
EDD 471Reading Instr: Models and Meth 13
EDD 485Teach Science in the Elem Grd3
EDD 495Social Studies in the Elem Grd3
EDD 491Soc Std Elem Grades Practicum1
Professional Semester (See Notes #3 & #5 below)
EDD 435Dir Teaching: Elementary Sch11
EDD 437Sem: Teaching Elementary Grds1
Total Credit Hours38

EDD 468 is a prerequisite for these courses.


  1. Enrollment in all the required EDD courses is open only to those who are officially enrolled and in good academic standing in a certification program at UM-Dearborn.
  2. A GPA of 2.75 or better is required overall for the Professional Sequence.
  3. A grade of S is required in EDD 411. Also required is one full term of study at UM-Dearborn (12 semester hours). Election of EDF 450 is required prior to directed teaching.
  4. Eligibility for directed teaching requires acceptable scores from the MTTC Subject Area Test, “Elementary Education.”
  5. Recommendations for all other certification endorsements including major(s)/minor(s) require acceptable scores from relevant MTTC subject area tests.