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Graduate Catalog 2022-23 
Graduate Catalog 2022-23 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduate Certificate Program in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSC)

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Advisor: Andrea Smith
Room 4121 Sangren Hall
Telephone: (616) 771-9913

This Certificate is designed to provide both face to face and online options for students working to obtain their State of Michigan ZS endorsement* (Early Childhood Special Education).

Admissions criteria

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  2. An overall grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4 point scale) in the last two years of undergraduate work. Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0 may be granted a Conditional Admission. This will be converted to a regular admission if students receive a grade of “B” or better in the first two graduate courses (six credit hours) taken.
  3. A concise written “statement of purpose” (250 words or less) indicating the applicant’s reasons for seeking admission to the program and what the applicant hopes to accomplish during the program of study.
  4. Congruence of applicant’s written “statement of purpose” with the parameters of this certificate program.
  5. A valid Michigan teaching certificate.


Elective Courses (3 hours)


*Students working toward the state ZS endorsement must meet three requirements:

  • Completion of 27 graduate credits, of which 15 credits must be courses specific to Early Childhood.
  • Professional experience at two of three early childhood levels (infants/toddler, preschool, kindergarten-grade 3).
  • Passing grade on the state level examination.

In addition to the 15 required Early Childhood credits, students may transfer in 12 credits of existing graduate coursework OR may elect to take additional graduate coursework toward a Master of Arts in Teaching, Learning, and Educational Studies - Early Childhood Emphasis.

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