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 Education Area VI for students who complete the Elementary Education program.
Minors/Majors Approved for Elementary Education
Students who would like to become elementary teachers are required to complete:
- A minimum of one subject area major* chosen from Mathematics, Integrated Science, Language Arts, or Social Studies.
- Core Elementary Education content courses outside of chosen major or minor areas.
- Professional Level Elementary Education Courses
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. All students must have major or minor slips signed by an approved elementary education advisor.
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 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 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 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.
*Professional Curriculum Admissions: 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.
**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.