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Early Childhood (ZS) Endorsement

The program prepares professionals to work with children from birth through age eight in public and private schools and agency settings. It also 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. The program emphasizes a broad interdisciplinary view of early childhood education and child development. Also emphasized are multicultural issues concerning young children and their families, and the need for educational programs to respect and respond to children’s developmental variabilities and exceptionalities.

Additional Information:

Dr. Ambika Bhargava, Associate Professor
Oakland University, 405F Pawley Hall
Phone: (248) 370-4237
[email protected]

  • 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

Displayed below are all of the current locations offered for the Early Childhood Endorsement (ZS) program. Students are encouraged to apply for their preferred location (residence in a specific county is not required).

Oakland County

Oakland University - Main Campus
Pawley Hall
Rochester, MI  48309
(Map/ Directions)

Macomb County
Macomb Intermediate School District (ISD) Building
44001 Garfield Road
Clinton Township, MI 48038 
(Macomb Map/Directions)

Human Development and Child Studies

Human Development and Child Studies
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3077
Fax: (248) 370-4242