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 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 Requirement

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

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

Core Requirements

Early Childhood and Elementary Certification

Required Courses
COMP 105Writing & Rhetoric I3
EXPS 298Exp Writing-Comm Learn&Tch3
LIBR 465Literature for Children3
LING 280Introduction to Linguistics3
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

Early Childhood 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. All College of Education, Health, and Human Services undergraduate students are required to take the Composition Placement Test by the end of the first semester they are enrolled in classes.
  2. Students transferring in COMP 105 or COMP 106, but receiving the prescription of 099 from the Composition Placement Test, must complete COMP 227 before taking EDD courses.
  3. 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.
  4. For admission to Phase III of the teacher certification program, passing scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (passing score of 480) and in Mathematics (passing score 530) are required.  The SAT must have been passed on or after March 5, 2016.
  5. 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.
  6. Courses taken on a PASS/FAIL basis will NOT be accepted toward program completion.
  7. The minimum number of semester hours required to graduate is 128.
  8. 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.
  9. Students must meet Dearborn Discovery Core requirements.  See http://umdearborn.edu/696973/ for details.

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


  1. Enrollment in all the required EDD courses is open only to those who are officially admitted to and in good academic standing in the Teacher Certification Program at UM-Dearborn.  See Four-Phase Checklist for more information.
  2. Eligibility for directed teaching requires meeting all the requirements listed on the Four-Phase Checklist as well as submission of passing scores from the MTTC (Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification) subject area test: Elementary Education (#103).
  3. Recommendations for other certification endorsements require passing scores from relevant MTTC subject area tests.
  4. Minimum number of hours to graduate is 128 semester hours.