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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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This broad, interdisciplinary graduate program prepares professionals to work with children from birth through age eight in public and private schools and agency settings. Combining theory with observation and participation in clinical, school and community practicum settings, it provides training for the direction and evaluation of early childhood programs as well as the coordination of community resources for young children and their families. Multicultural issues and the need for educational programs that respect and respond to developmental variability and exceptionalities are emphasized.


The M.ED. in Early Childhood is offered as an online program with some asynchronous evening classes. The Early Childhood ZS (General and Special Education) teaching endorsement program meets state requirements for approval to teach in general education early childhood classrooms, inclusive early childhood classrooms, and early childhood special education classrooms. A passing score on the related MTTC test (Code 106) is also required to earn the endorsement.

Oakland University is now partnering with the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Michigan scholarship program to provide tuition and book assistance to eligible students pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education or related major. For more information, including eligibility guidelines, please visit the MiAEYC website.

Faculty Program Coordinator:
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

The M.ED. in Early Childhood Education is offered as an online program with some asynchronous evening classes.