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  Oct 16, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Elementary Education Curriculum (129 hours)


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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 CEHD 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 Education Area VI for students who complete the Elementary Education program.

I. Admission to the Professional Curriculum

All education students are coded Pre-Education upon admission to the University. Candidates may apply for advancement to the Elementary Education professional curriculum after earning 35 credits 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 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. See “College of Education and Human Development Office of Admissions and Advising” for admission requirements.

*Candidates with a cumulative GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 can be granted provisional admission to the Elementary Education professional curriculum. Candidates admitted under “Provisional Admission” can continue in their program provided they receive a “CB” or above in all professional education coursework.

II. Admission to Intern Teaching

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.

**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.

III. Other Program Requirements

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 Elementary Education courses are: ED 3100, ED 3710, ED 4010, ED 4070, ED 4100, ED 4300, ED 4500, ED/FCS 5750, ES 3950, EDT 3470, ENGL 3690, HPHE 3400, HPHE 3520, LS 3770, LS 3780, MATH 3520, SPED 4270.

Elementary Education Curriculum Requirements

Students who would like to become elementary teachers are required to complete:

  • Core Elementary Education content courses outside of chosen major or minor area(s).
  • Professional Level Elementary Education Courses
  • A minimum of one subject area major* chosen from Mathematics, Integrated Science, Language Arts, or Social Studies.

Note: *In addition to selecting one or more subject area majors, students may also choose an additional subject area minor in Mathematics, Integrated Science, or Language Arts.

Requirements and approval for the required minors and majors are available in the CEHD Office of Admissions and Advising.

1. Core Elementary Education Content Courses (43-61 hours, required for all Elementary Education students)


Students must complete all content courses below that are not a part of their subject area major or minors with a minimum grade of “C” or better.

2. Professional Level Elementary Education Courses (56 hours)


Required for all Elementary Education students

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. Students must be accepted into the Elementary Education Professional program to take 3000, 4000, and 5000 level courses.

3. Other Requirements For all Elementary Education Students


The college-level writing may be met by completing ENGL 1050 or an equivalent with a minimum grade of “C” or better. The baccalaureate-level writing requirement is met by completing ES 3950.

Subject area major* chosen from Mathematics, Integrated Science, Language Arts, or Social Studies.

Note: *In addition to selecting one or more subject area majors, students may also choose an additional subject area minor in Mathematics, Integrated Science, or Language Arts.

Content Requirements for Elementary/Middle School Math Major and Minor


Elementary/Middle School Math Major Courses (32 hours)


A minimum grade of “B” or better is required in MATH 1500, MATH 1510, MATH 2650, and MATH 3520. A grade of “C” or better is required in MATH 5531, 5540, 5550, and MATH 5501. A Minimum GPA of 2.5 must be obtained in the major. Students must be accepted into the Elementary Education Professional program to take 3000 and 5000 level courses.

Elementary/Middle School Math Minor Courses (23 hours)


A minimum grade of “B” or better is required in MATH 1500, MATH 1510, MATH 2650, and MATH 3520. A grade of “C” or better is required in MATH 5531, 5540. A Minimum GPA of 2.5 must be obtained in the minor. Students must be accepted into the Elementary Education Professional program to take 3000 and 5000 level courses.

Content Requirements for Elementary/Middle School Integrated Science Major and Minor


Elementary/Middle School Integrated Science Major Courses (40 hours)


A “C” grade or better in each content course and a grade of “CB” or better in ED 4010 must be attained to satisfy the requirements of this subject area major.

Elementary/Middle School Integrated Science Minor Courses (29 hours)


A “C” grade or better in each content course and a grade of “CB” or better in ED 4010 must be attained to satisfy the requirements of this subject area minor.

Content Requirements for Elementary/Middle School Social Studies Major


Elementary/Middle School Social Studies Major Courses (37 hours)


A “C” grade or better in each content course and a grade of “CB” or better in ED 4070 must be attained to satisfy the requirements of this subject area major.

Content Requirements for Elementary/Middle School Language Arts Major and Minor


Elementary/Middle School Language Arts Major Courses (31-33 hours)


A “C” grade or better in each content course must be attained to satisfy the requirements of this subject area major.  Students must be accepted into the Elementary Education Professional Program to take LS 5100, 5160, TEL 5200, and ENGL 4800.

Content Requirements for Elementary/Middle School Language Arts Minor


Elementary/Middle School Language Arts Minor Courses (32 hours)


A “C” grade or better in each content course must be attained to satisfy the requirements of this subject area minor.  Students must be accepted into the Elementary Education Professional Program to take LS 3770, LS 3780, ENGL 3690, ED 4300, and TEL 5200. A “CB” grade or better is required in LS 3770, LS 3780, ENGL 3690, and ED 4300.

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