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Early Childhood Education and Certification

Early Childhood Education and Certification

Mon Feb 8, 2016 at 03:08 PM
Macomb Early Childhood Collaborative Conference

Over 200 Early Childhood educators came together on Saturday, January 16th at the Macomb ISD for the Macomb Early Childhood Collaborative Conference. Oakland University was there to celebrate and support educators as they enjoyed learning in a wide range of sessions, including many designed to promote early literacy.

ZS Endorsement

In the summer of 2011, the State of Michigan passed several school and tenure reform bills. The Michigan Department of Education then created new administrative rules to comply with the new laws.

One of the outcomes of these efforts was replacing the ZA (early childhood general education) endorsement with the newer, more inclusive ZS (early childhood general and special education) endorsement, enabling early childhood educators to not only recognize developmental delays in young children, but to address them using a variety of evidence-based practices.

Oakland University’s Early Childhood ZS (General and Special Education) endorsement program meets state requirements for approval to teach in 1) general education early childhood classrooms, 2) inclusive early childhood classrooms, and in 3) early childhood special education classrooms.

ZA-ZS Endorsement Option

Perhaps you - or someone you know - would like to upgrade their ZA endorsement to comply with these updated standards? All it takes is two graduate courses (one in fall and one in winter), and attaining a passing score on the MTTC ZS test! Course information, application packets and course descriptions can be found here. Tuition scholarships may also be available.

Teachers interested in obtaining their Master’s Degree in Early Childhood or those wishing to obtain the ZS endorsement can find information on Oakland University’s early childhood programs here. The Master of Education in Early Childhood Education prepares professionals to work with children from birth through age 8 in public and private schools and agency settings. It provides training for the direction and evaluation of early childhood programs and the coordination of community resources for young children and families. The program combines theory with observation and participation in clinical, community and school practicum settings, and is offered on campus in Rochester.

Application packets are available on the OUSEHS Website.


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