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 minors.
Additional information may be obtained from the Office of Admissions and Advising, 2504 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.)
Minors/Majors Approved for Elementary Education
Students who would like to become elementary teachers or early childhood teachers are required to complete:
- Four subject-matter concentrations: Mathematics, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies.
- Two subject-matter minors. This is to be accomplished by completing additional course work in two of the four concentrations listed above.
- 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: **Special Education majors require admission to Special Education Curriculum. Music majors and Art majors require admission to College of Fine Arts. ***Speech Pathology and Audiology majors are certified upon successful completion of the master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology.
Requirements and approval for these required minors are available in the Office of Admissions and Advising. All students must have minor slips signed by an approved elementary education advisor.
Elementary and Early Childhood Curricula
Students selecting these curricula are required to:
- Complete the four subject-matter concentrations below,
- minor in two of these subjects by taking additional courses, and
- complete the appropriate professional education minor, either the Elementary Professional Education minor or the Early Childhood Professional Education minor.