Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Early Childhood General and Special Education ZS Endorsement

TermCore education
courses
Field
experiences
Additional
coursework
Freshman     Content courses
Sophomore ED 2500   Content courses
ES 2900arrow pointing to the right Teacher shadow (8 hours)  

Pass MTTC Professional Readiness Exam #96. Apply to elementary education program.

TermCore education
courses
Field
experiences
Additional
coursework
Junior +  ED 3090   Content courses
ED 3500   EDT 3470
ED 5750   ENGL 3690
ED 3690arrow pointing to the right  Field experience
(1 day a week)
MATH 3520
LS 3770arrow pointing to the right  Field experience
(18 hours)
HPHE 3400
ED 4070    

Apply for teaching internship (one year before start of final internship).

TermCore education
courses
Field
experiences
Additional
coursework
Senior   ES 3950    SPED 4270
ED 4010   HPHE 3520
LS 3780   Content courses
ED 4300    
ED 4090    
ED 4700 Field experience
(5 half days)
 

Pass MTTC Elementary Education test #103. Apply for graduation.

Semester before internship
Core education
courses
Field
experiences
Additional
coursework
ED 3710 Two full days
per week
 Content courses
ED 4500    
Final semester internship
Core education
courses
Field
experiences
ED 4100  Five full days
per week
ED 4710  

Program description

Early childhood elementary education is available to elementary education students. Besides the certificate and the endorsement, WMU's early childhood program provides:

  • An opportunity to belong to a community of students and faculty with common interests.
  • Experience with children of all ages and special emphasis on children from birth to eight years.
  • A portfolio of evidence of increasing skill level—a valuable tool in securing professional employment.

Certification

You can be certified to teach:

  • Kindergarten-5 in all subjects.
  • Kindergarten-8 in all subjects when teaching in a self-contained classroom.
  • Early Childhood (general and special education) ZS Endorsement (birth to age 8).

Coursework

Forms

Non-teaching degree

Information for students wanting a non-teaching degree should visit the child and family development or family studies website.

Career possibilities

Graduates with the early childhood (ZS) endorsement are certified to teach:

  • Kindergarten to fifth grade in all subjects.
  • Grades K-8 in second and third minors.
  • Kindergarten to eighth grade in all subjects when teaching in a self-contained classroom.
  • Early childhood (general and special education) ZS Endorsement (birth to age eight).

Graduates with the ZS endorsement can become:

  • Child Life Specialist
  • Day Care Administrator
  • Resource Teacher

Resource guide

Elementary education resources for career guidance and exploration