About the Early Childhood Education Program
The Early Childhood Education (General and Special Education – ZS) program is a child-centered major or minor, offered through SAU’s School of Education. Students earn a certification in grades K-5 (all subjects) along with an Early Childhood Education endorsement (ZS).
This program is designed for those who desire to work with young children ages birth to eight years old. The Early Childhood Education program at SAU provides a broad spectrum of early childhood education courses built on the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards along with the Michigan Early Childhood Standards. The courses offer practical experiences that provide significant learning opportunities including infant-toddler development, social issues affecting the child, and curriculum development. All of these are presented from a Christian liberal arts perspective.
Why should you choose SAU’s early childhood education program?
The program has been designed to provide the aspiring professional with understanding, practical knowledge and the skills necessary to become a center-based teacher, program director, or any professional dealing with early childhood education. The program adheres to the standards of the federal Each Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as well as Michigan State Childcare Licensing Guidelines.