Early Childhood Education (BA)
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.
Courses & Course Descriptions
The courses for the 40-hour program includes such subject areas as early childhood social foundations, early childhood growth and development, guidance and discipline of young children, emergent and beginning literacy, young children with special needs, early adolescent development, children’s literature and motor development and motor learning. A 30-hour minor is also available, as well as an Early Childhood Education endorsement (ZS).
View the course requirements and layout, course descriptions, as well as learn more about the program at Spring Arbor University in the undergraduate course catalog.
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship
Spring Arbor University is now able to offer the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship which is a statewide initiative in Michigan. The program is designed to help those in the childcare profession attain professional goals in education. Recently T.E.A.C.H. has added a component to address the growing need of previously certified teachers who wish to add the ZS endorsement while continuing their current employment in regulated early childhood and school age care settings. You would apply directly to T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Michigan, per the information below.
T.E.A.C.H. funds pay for up to 6 credits each semester for ECE coursework.
This is for ECE non-cert or certified Post BA students returning for the ZS endorsement.
To find out whether you are eligible, contact:
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood MICHIGAN Scholarship Counselor, Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children, 839 Centennial Way Suite 200, Lansing, MI 48917, 866-648-3224 ext. 314, FAX: 517-351-0157, http://www.miaeyc.org/TEACH/contact.htm, Email: TEACH@MiAEYC.org.
NOTE: This is DIFFERENT than the federal TEACH Grant available.
Meet the Faculty
- Sharon Joplin, Director of Early Childhood Education
- Kristine Gullen, Associate Professor of Education
This major and minor prepare the student to apply for certification with an endorsement in early childhood special education (ZS), along with completing the Elementary Education program requirements. Career opportunities include, but are not limited to, those who wish to teach in the public school setting and want to be highly qualified by the Michigan Department of Education standards. This includes school administrators, public schools with Great Start Readiness programs, private programs that adhere to State of Michigan day care center licensing rules, and any program serving children birth to third grade.
To learn more about how Spring Arbor helps its graduates prepare for a career, visit our career development section.