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Elementary candidates will be certified to teach grades K-5 all subjects, grades 6-8 all subjects in a self-contained class and the major/minor subjects in grades 6-8 in Michigan. K-12 Chinese, French, Spanish and special education majors are also available to elementary candidates. K-12 art and k-12 music are available through the secondary program. Consider the following high-need teaching fields when choosing your major/minor subjects: Bilingual Spanish, Chinese, Early Childhood, English as a Second Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science, Spanish, and Special Education. When you have determined your major and/or minors, complete the Declaration form.

In addition to the Elementary education major, all candidates complete at least one certifiable major or minor. Options Include: 

  •  One certifiable major
  • One certifiable major and one minor (may be any minor at Calvin)
  • Two certifiable minors
  • One certifiable minor and one non-certifiable minor (may be any minor at Calvin)

One major is usually the shortest program, but a certifiable major and minor or two certifiable minors can lead to greater marketability due to certification in more subject areas.



*Must be combined with another certifiable major or minor. 

Recommended Non-Certified Minors

While elementary candidates may select any minor offered at Calvin as a non-certified minor, the following minors are recommended. These minors will be included on the bachelor’s degree, but will not be listed on the teaching certificate:

Course Requirements


Students in the Elementary Education Program earn certification in grades K-5, all subjects, and grades 6-8 in their major and minor subject areas. An early childhood endorsement is also available for grades Pre-K through Kindergarten. The elementary education program can be completed in four years with careful planning.

Here are a few tips that will help you make it in four years:

  • Choose courses recommended for elementary education.
  • Decide early which levels and subjects you would like to teach.
  • Try to qualify for high school exemptions.
  • Be willing to take summer courses.

Consult the timeline for a more in-depth view of the program.


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