The early childhood endorsement (ZS) is an additional endorsement added to the elementary and/or special education teaching certificate.  The ZS endorsement certifies one to teach in pre-kindergarten through grade three classrooms (ages 0-8), early childhood special education for ages birth through three in home visiting programs, and for ages three to six in early childhood special education classrooms.

Endorsement Requirements

  • Valid State of Michigan elementary or K-12 special education teaching certificate.
  • Completion of a 300 clock-hour field experience in two of the following: infant/toddler, pre-primary or primary school age children.
  • Passing score on the Michigan test for teacher certification (MTTC) in the area of early childhood education (ZS) test No. 106.  Registration materials available at

For department information or additional degree requirements, go to the Education, Leadership and Public Service department page.

Total Credits Required 26

Upon completion of all program requirements, students must submit a completed endorsement application on the MOECS website at to add this endorsement to their teaching certificate.