Early Learning and Intervention: Birth through Kindergarten – B.S.

This program is offered in person.

Western Michigan University's B.S. in Early Learning and Intervention: Birth through Kindergarten (ELI: BK) program integrates courses focused on child development, diverse family and community relationships, early childhood education, special education, and content area knowledge and pedagogy. It prepares educators to teach and work with young learners and their families, to meet the socio-emotional needs of the whole child, and to implement developmentally appropriate practices and intensive interventions in response to both typical and atypical development.

Why early learning and intervention at Western Michigan University?


Professional learning and experience: An interdisciplinary program structure that anchors professional learning and experience within the disciplines and best practices of early childhood education, family science and special education

Dedicated faculty: Committed interdisciplinary team of faculty readily available to students

Scholarship opportunities: Scholarships available through the College of Education and Human Development and the MIYAC T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship Program

Real-world experience: Multiple clinical experiences with young children, including a final semester internship in early childhood/early childhood special education classrooms

Engage with the field: Valuable networking and professional development opportunities through student and community organizations

Optional endorsements: Graduates are well prepared to add additional special education endorsements (i.e. Autism, Emotional Impairments, Learning Disabilities)


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Looking for additional early childhood majors?

Early Childhood Education Majors

Our dynamic pathway model encourages students to select the preparatory pathway best aligned with their academic interests and career goals. Program offerings prepare students for work in a variety of care, teaching, and service settings with young children. Pathways include options that align with State of Michigan requirements for childcare center directors; the early childhood general and special education (birth through kindergarten) teaching endorsement; and the lower elementary (pre-kindergarten through third grade) teaching endorsement.