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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 how the program goes.

Course Requirements 2016-2017

Core courses are intended to help you think more deeply and critically, using the tools of the various disciplines, with the mind and heart of Christ, about the wide range of issues that confront us in today's world. The core is relevant to your preparation as a teacher as well, because it will enable you to make instructional decisions with discernment.

Note: In addition to the courses listed below, you will complete additional core courses listed on your Elementary Education AER and subject area major/minor courses.

(84-85 semester hours)

  • CAS-214 Creating Communication Arts in the Classroom
  • GEOG-243 The United States and the World
  • One from:
    • HIST-151 History of the West & World I
    • HIST-152 History of the West & World II
  • ENGL-101 Written Rhetoric
  • One from:
  • EDUC-102 Introduction to Education
  • EDUC-202 The Learner in the Educational Context: Development and Diversity
  • EDUC-210 Music and Art in the Elementary Classroom
  • EDUC-302 Curriculum and Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • EDUC-303 Curriculum and Instruction: Practicum
  • EDUC-305 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary and Middle School
  • EDUC-309 Teaching Religion to Children and Adolescents
  • EDUC-322 Introduction to Methods of Teaching Reading: Elementary
  • EDUC-326 Reading/Language Arts in the Elementary School
  • EDUC-345 Directed Teaching: Elementary
  • EDUC-398 Integrative Seminar: Intellectual Foundations of Education
  • IDIS-110 Foundations of Information Technology
  • IDIS-205 Societal Structures and Education
  • KIN-223 Movement and Health Education in the Elementary Classroom
  • SCES-121 Content & Nature of Science for Elemenatry Teachers
  • SCES-122 Science Content & Skills for Elementary Teachers
  • One from:
  • MATH-221 The Real Number System and Methods for Elementary School Teachers
  • MATH-222 Geometry, Probability, Statistics, and Methods for Elementary School Teachers
  • MATH-323 Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary and Middle School
  • One from PER 101-112
  • PER-150 Educational Dance

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 for Academic Services.

Elementary candidates may choose one major, a major and minor, or two minors from the lists below. One major is usually the shortest program, but a major and minor or two minors can lead to greater marketability due to certification in more subject areas.

Option 1: Complete one major or two minors from List A

Option 2: Complete one minor from List B and one minor from List C

Option 3: Complete a minor from List C in addition to the one major or two minors from List A

List A Majors and Minor

List B Minors

List C Minors

Note: Bilingual education must be combined with Spanish

Bilingual Education, Early Childhood Education, ESL and Special Education are all endorsement programs that prepare students to teach in specialized classroom settings. Students need to meet with advisors from these programs as soon as possible in order to do efficient planning.