Spring Arbor University

School of Education Programs

A reputation of excellent teachers

Not only have we produced two Michigan student teachers of the year and five runners-up in the past seven years, but two of our alums were awarded the Milken National Educator Award. This prestigious award is given to 100 teachers nationwide, (two per state) and in 2004, both of Michigan’s recipients were SAU graduates.



SAU produces great teachers. Our graduates are sought after not only because of our tradition of training students in excellence, but because they are taught to live a life of integrity. Every class at SAU holds up Jesus Christ as its perspective for learning and it is our hope that our graduates continue that heritage through out their careers in education.

Continue our legacy through one of our undergraduate education program and be on your way to a teaching career. Undergraduate programs offered through the School of Education are:

Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies

The School of Education graduate programs provide excellent continuing professional development at sites around Michigan and online. Professional educators have earned a graduate degree from Spring Arbor University since 1995.

Graduate programs in education, reading and special education offer a master’s in education that is firmly rooted in practical applications of contemporary and traditional theory and research. In addition, students develop and strengthen the spiritual dimensions of teaching, growing professionally and personally. Coursework uses the most relevant materials, incorporates models of pedagogy that teachers can use in their own classrooms, elicits demonstrations of learning that reflect critical thinking, investigates what it means to be a Christian educator, and helps students develop networks of collaboration and support with faculty and colleagues around the globe. Students and professors come to know, care for, and support each other through each course and beyond.

Based on the School of Education Effective Teaching Model, the graduate programs provide a curriculum focused on developing skills in the following area:

  • Enhancing professional knowledge and practices
  • Applying research to contemporary educational challenges
  • Enhancing professional roles and abilities
  • Acquiring leadership skills to develop and implement successful collaboration
  • Identifying and addressing the strengths and needs of an increasingly diverse student population
  • Using instructional technology to enhance the education of today’s learners

Find out more about our graduate programs offered through the School of Education:

Early Childhood Education Endorsement

Early Childhood Education Endorsement

(General and Special Education)

Teachers seeking the Early Childhood Education endorsement will earn a ZS (Early Childhood Special Education endorsement). Individuals holding a valid, Michigan Elementary certificate, who desire the ZS endorsement are required to complete a 27-credit hour program. In addition, the MTTC in Early Childhood Education (Test #106: General and Special Education) must be passed. For more information about the ZS endorsement, contact the director, Sharon Joplin, at sharon.joplin@arbor.edu.


Certified teachers who hold the ZA endorsement wishing to add a ZS endorsement must complete 4 components:

  1. Introduction to early childhood special education (B-8)
    1. ECE368, Young Children With Special Needs 
  2. Assessment Intervention & Curriculum to address differentiated learning
    1. ECE378, Interventions Strategies for Children with Developmental Delays
  3. Field experience(s) that include experiences with young children with special needs population.
    1. This may include a Directed Teaching experience 
  4. Successful completion  of MTTC test (ZS)

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