Elementary Education

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Degree Overview

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.

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Program Distinctives

Gain a diverse range of experience - At Calvin, you will get hands-on experience in all kinds of classrooms. From urban schools to private settings, discover your ideal teaching environment.
Explore your passion - You don’t have to know exactly what you want to teach. Calvin will help narrow your focus as you discover what’s possible.
Understand the needs of students - From classroom management to cooperative learning, you will know how to create an environment where all children can be successful.
Faithfully Christian - On campus, you will be surrounded by professors and peers who will challenge you to go deeper in your faith, especially as it relates to teaching and learning.

Program Requirements & Opportunities

  • Overview

    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.

     Majors

    Minors

    *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:

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  • Other Details

    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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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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