Wayne State University

Bachelor of Arts/Science - Elementary/Early Childhood General and Special Education (ZS)

There are two tracks for undergraduate students interested in Early Childhood General and Special Education professional development. The Non-Elementary Certification track is for those undergraduates who want to teach infant/toddler and preschool-age children in community childcare, early intervention, and preschool settings.  Undergraduates in the Non-Elementary Certification track must complete General Education requirements and the Early Childhood General and Special Education major with two minors. These students earn a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with the major course of study in Early Childhood General and Special Education. 

The Elementary Teacher-Certification track is for those undergraduates who want to obtain elementary certification (K-5) along with the Early Childhood General and Special Education (ZS) specialty area endorsement. Undergraduates in the Elementary Teacher-certification track must complete General Education requirements, the Comprehensive Major with ZS Minor coursework or the ZS Major with two minors, and the Professional Education Sequence.  Students in the Elementary Teacher-certification track earn a Bachelor’s degree, a Michigan Elementary Provisional Teaching Certificate and an Early Childhood General and Special Education (ZS) Endorsement.

Undergraduate students have the choice of pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Education or a Bachelor of Arts in Education. The distinction between the two depends upon the University’s Foreign Culture requirement. Students who complete a foreign language through the intermediate level will pursue the Bachelor of Arts degree. Students who elect to take a culture course in Foreign Culture will pursue the Bachelor of Science degree.

At the completion of the program, students:

Upon completion of all requirements, Wayne State University will recommend the student to the Michigan Department of Education for the Elementary Provisional Teaching Certificate and Early Childhood General and Special Education (ZS) Endorsement.