Michigan Elementary Provisional Certificate
The Elementary Education Curriculum is designed to prepare students to assume teaching responsibilities in self-contained classrooms in grades K-8 all subjects, K-5 all subjects, 6-8 in content area majors or minors.
Additional information may be obtained from the CoEHD Office of Admissions and Advising, 2421 Sangren Hall.
University General Education Requirement (40 hours)
The University General Education Requirement is 37 hours. An additional three hours in General Education courses from the College of Arts and Sciences (nonprofessional courses only) are required for Michigan certification. The majority of the student’s University General Education Requirements will be met by options within the professional education program and the approved minors. (Two courses at the 3000-4000 level are required.)
Successful completion of BIOS 1700, PHYS 1800, and GEOG 1900 will satisfy General Eduction Area VI for students who complete the Elementary Education program.
Minors/Majors Approved for Elementary Education
Students who would like to become elementary teachers or early childhood teachers are required to complete:
- Core courses in four areas: Mathematics, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies.
- A minimum of two subject-matter minors chosen from Mathematics, Integrated Science, and Language Arts or one subject area major chosen from *Mathematics, *Integrated Science, *Language Arts, or *Social Studies. This is to be accomplished by completing additional course work in the chosen minor or major areas.
- Either the Elementary Professional Education minor or the Early Childhood Professional Education minor or students may elect one of the following major and minor combinations:
- Speech Pathology and Audiology major*** with Elementary Education minor. Teaching certificate awarded upon completion of master’s degree.
- Special Education, Emotional Impairment and Learning Disabled/Elementary major.** Contact Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies to determine acceptable minors and desired level of preparation.
- Special Education, Cognitive Impairment and Learning Disabled/Elementary major.** Contact Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies to determine acceptable minors and desired level of preparation.
Notes: *Majors in Mathematics, Language Arts, Integrated Science and Social Studies are currently under review. Please check with the CoEHD Office of Admissions and Advising for the availability of those majors.
**Special Education majors require admission to Special Education Curriculum.
***Speech Pathology and Audiology majors are certified upon successful completion of the master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology.
Requirements and approval for the required minors and majors are available in the CoEHD Office of Admissions and Advising. All students must have minor slips signed by an approved elementary education advisor.
Elementary and Elementary with Early Childhood Curricula
Students selecting these curricula are required to:
- Complete core courses in Mathematics, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies,
- minor in two of three areas chosen from Mathematics, Science and Language Arts or major in one of four areas chosen from *Mathematics, *Integrated Science, *Language Arts, or *Social Studies by taking additional courses, and
- complete the appropriate professional education minor, either the Elementary Professional Education minor or the Elementary Professional Education with Early Childhood Endorsement minor.
*Majors in Mathematics, Language Arts, Integrated Science and Social Studies are currently under review. Please check with the CoEHD Office of Admissions and Advising for the availability of those majors.
Admissions and Professional Program Requirements
All education students are coded Pre-Education upon admission to the University. Candidates may apply for advancement to the Elementary Education or the Elementary Education with Early Childhood Endorsement professional curriculum after 35 credits earned toward their degree. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0* must be attained for advancement from the Pre-Education curriculum to the Elementary Education or the Elementary Education with Early Childhood Endorsement professional curriculum. Pre-Education students are not permitted to enroll in upper-level professional education courses until admission requirements are met and application is approved.
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0** must be attained for enrollment in Intern Teaching and for a recommendation for the teaching certificate.
An overall grade point average of 3.0 is required in the professional education sequence and no grade lower than a “CB” may be earned in any professional education courses.
Students may retake professional education courses only one time for a total of two times taking the course.
Professional Education courses are: ED 3090, ED 3100, ED 3500, ED 3690, ED 3710, ED 4010, ED 4070, ED 4090, ED 4100, ED 4300, ED 4500, ED 4700, ED/FCS 5750, ES 3950, EDT 3470, ENGL 3690, HPHE 3400, HPHE 3520, LS 3770, LS 3780, MATH 3520, SPED 4270.
*Professional Curriculum Admissions: Candidates with a cumulative GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 will be granted provisional admission to the Elementary Education or the Elementary Education with Early Childhood Endorsement professional curriculum. Candidates admitted under “Provisional Admission” can continue in their program provided they receive a “CB” or above in all professional education coursework.
**Intern Teaching: Candidates with a cumulative GPA below 3.0 may submit an appeal to complete their intern teaching and the request will be considered by an appeals committee. Decisions of the appeals committee are final.