What will I learn?

Western Michigan University's early childhood professional education program includes coursework and experiences leading to both a Michigan K-8 certification and an Early Childhood General and Special (ZS) Endorsement. If you decide to major in early childhood education at WMU, you will take courses in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. You will be required to minor in at least two of these subjects.

An Early Childhood Education General and Special (ZS) Endorsement will also be available to you if you major in elementary education, special education with elementary, speech pathology, music with an elementary education minor, or art with an elementary education minor. Along with the certificate and the endorsement, WMU’s early childhood program will provide you with:

An opportunity to belong to a community of students and faculty with common interests.
Experience with children from birth up to 9 years.
A portfolio of evidence of increasing skill level—a valuable tool in securing professional employment.

Beyond the classroom

As an early childhood education student at WMU, you will be required to complete a full-semester internship as well as a half-semester pre-internship, both under the mentorship of selected teachers in partnership schools and teacher educators from WMU. These internships are designed to prepare you not only for your role as a classroom teacher, but as a professional studying your own teaching practice, participating in site-based decision making and coordinating your work with teachers and other members of the school community. Both school and University faculty will work closely together to support and assist you as you progress through the program.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in early childhood education are working as:

Teachers (kindergarten through eighth grade)
Early childhood specialist (ZS: infant, toddler, pre-school, young fives programs)
Day care administrators, parent educators or early intervention specialists
Educational administrators
Curriculum specialists
Athletic coaches
Community program directors

Among the organizations they work for are:

Schools
Camps
Museums
Libraries
Hospitals
Health clubs

Which department am I in?

College of Education and Human Development

Study options

Full Time (122 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$17,541.00 per year
Undergraduate Upper-level 56 or more credits – USD $19,113
Application deadline

15 November 2021

Start date

10 January 2022

Venue

Western Michigan University

1903 W Michigan Avenue,

KALAMAZOO,

Michigan,

49008, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A first-year applicant is a student who is applying for admission and who has not attempted or earned any college credit after graduating from high school/secondary school (or earned equivalent).

For international students

A first-year applicant is a student who is applying for admission and who has not attempted or earned any college credit after graduating from high school/secondary school (or earned equivalent).

Minimum English proficiency test scores:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 71 iBT

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: 6.0

Pearson Test of English, Academic Module (PTE): 48

Michigan English Test (MET): 48

Application deadlines:

Fall: June 15; Spring: October 15 (Extended to November 15!)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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