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Early childhood is relevant to many professions and areas of life. If you are planning to work in family law, social work, criminal justice, nursing, medical studies, physical therapy, psychology, urban planning, architecture, theater or music, or if you are or may become a parent, this minor will provide you with knowledge, experience and understanding of young children, their families and communities that you will need to serve in any of these professional or personal capacities.

The Minor in Early Childhood Studies provides interested individuals a basic introduction to the early childhood, child development, and young children. This program is designed for students in any major program who have an interest in early childhood or in working with young children and their families. These are students who are following majors other than Elementary Education or Elementary Education majors who are not pursuing the Early Childhood Specialist Endorsement (ZS). 

The minor will be available fall 2014.

Courses

Early Childhood Studies Minor

The Minor in Early Childhood Studies provides a basic introduction to early childhood studies and working with young children and families of young children.  The minor is designed both for students with majors outside Elementary Education and those with an Elementary Education major who are not pursuing the Early Childhood Specialist Endorsement (ZS), yet have an interest in early childhood education.

Requirements.  Twenty-one credits as follows:
A.  ECE 100 , ECE 200  (6 credits).
B.  ECE 225 , ECE 235 , ECE 480  (9 credits).
C.  Two from:  ECE 120 , ECE 233 , ECE 343 , ECE 420 , ECE 480 , ECE 485 , ART 101 , DAN 301 , EDE 340  (6 credits).

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ZS vs. Minor

Interested in either the ZS or the Early Childhood Studies Minor but not sure which one to take? This chart helps you to compare the two programs and figure out which one is best for you.

Specialization in Ealy Childhood (ZS) Early Childhood Studies Minor
Students pursuing teacher certification For anyone interested in young children and families (not for certification)
Elementary Education major Any UM-Flint major
ZS Endorsement Program (MTTC test req.) No endorsement
31 credit hours 21 credit hours
No electives; all required courses 18 required, 6 credit hours of electives