Human Development and Child Studies

Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3077
Fax: (248) 370-4242

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M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education (ZS option)

ZS Endorsement (Early Childhood General & Special Education)

This broad, interdisciplinary graduate program prepares professionals to work with children from birth through age eight in public and private schools and agency settings. Combining theory with observation and participation in clinical, school and community practicum settings, it provides training for the direction and evaluation of early childhood programs as well as the coordination of community resources for young children and their families. Multicultural issues and the need for educational programs that respect and respond to developmental variability and exceptionalities are emphasized.



The Early Childhood ZS (General and Special Education) teaching endorsement program meets state requirements for approval to teach in general education early childhood classrooms, inclusive early childhood classrooms, and in early childhood special education classrooms. A passing score on the related MTTC test (Code 106) is also required to earn the endorsement.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Michigan Logo Oakland University is now partnering with the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Michigan scholarship program to provide tuition and book assistance to eligible students pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education or related major. For more information, including eligibility guidelines, please visit the  MiAEYC website.

Faculty Program Coordinator:
Dr. Ambika Bhargava, Associate Professor
Oakland University, 405A Pawley Hall
(248) 370-3067 phone
Admissions Criteria
  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree in a related field
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA or higher
  • If seeking Early Childhood (ZS) Endorsement, you must hold or be eligible for a valid Michigan Elementary Teaching Certificate
  • Demonstrate potential for success in the program
The M.Ed. in Early Childhood is offered at our main campus in Rochester, Michigan.  Courses are offered in a variety of formats including face-to-face, online and partially online.