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Human Development and Child Studies

Human Development and Child Studies
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-3077
Fax: (248) 370-4242
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Oakland University’s Early Childhood Education, B.S. (can lead to a Michigan Department of Education teaching certificate in Birth - Kindergarten/Pre-K - Grade Three). This program qualifies you to teach in a variety of early childhood settings including but not limited to Birth - Grade Three in school settings, community based early childhood programs, and early intervention and early childhood special education programs.


The Early Childhood Education, B.S. degree provides coaching and mentoring experiences with local schools and community agencies. The focus is on whole child development including cognitive, socio, emotional, language and physical domains. Emphasis is given to the role of play, diversity & inclusion, and the role of family and culture in supporting young children. During this program, you will develop outstanding teaching skills, learn to address the needs of children and their families, use authentic assessment to evaluate children’s work, and learn developmentally appropriate pedagogical approaches while interacting with young children.

For additional information, contact:
Ambika Bhargava
405A Pawley Hall
(248) 370-3067
[email protected] 

Admission to major standing is required before beginning the professional sequence. Students using this catalog to meet major requirements may also use any course subsequently approved as satisfying requirements and published in a later catalog.

Students who wish to pursue a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education are admitted with pre-early childhood education status. 

Minimum criteria for admission to the Early Childhood Education, B.S. include:

  1. A cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.80 or higher at Oakland University
  2. Complete EED 2000 with a minimum grade of B
  3. Complete or place out of MTH 0662 with a minimum grade of C
  4. Complete WRT 1060 with a minimum grade of B
  5. Read and sign, acknowledging a duty to uphold the Michigan Code of Educational Ethics
  6. Submission of a completed major standing application to the SEHS Advising Office.

Students can apply for major standing once they are registered for EED 2000.

Major standing will be approved pending successful completion of all requirements.

Second-degree students from regionally accredited institutions are exempt from Oakland University’s general education requirements. This does not apply to students educated outside the U.S.

After admission, students meet for course selection with Academic Advisers in the SEHS Academic Advising Office.

Specific offerings for each semester may be found in the Schedule of Classes.