You know every child deserves a chance to succeed. At Calvin, you'll learn how to open the door to their success.
An elementary education major from Calvin prepares you to guide students across a range of disciplines. Be equipped as a storyteller. A scientist. A math whiz. World-class professors will help you discover how children develop and learn. You will get into classrooms early and often to put those theories into practice.
Here, you can start making a difference in students’ lives long before you graduate.
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 is 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.
- Chinese K-12
- Early childhood
- French K-12
- Integrated science
- Language arts
- Social studies
- Spanish K-12
- Special education
- Special education studies
- Bilingual Spanish education
- English as a second language
- Integrated science
- Language arts
*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:
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.
Hit the ground running
Within six months of graduating, 99% of Calvin elementary education majors are employed or in grad school. Learn more about our excellent outcomes you can expect as part of the teacher education program at Calvin.
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You’ve heard a lot about the high cost of a university education. But a Calvin education is much more affordable than you think. Most Calvin students pay far below the sticker price—and graduate with less debt than you might expect.
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