The College of Liberal Arts & Education prepares effective and responsible professional teachers who have a commitment to the implementation of the Education Department's Code of Professional Ethics. This professional teacher will have an impact on school reform, the community and society in the 21st century. Education faculty help students become ethical, caring, value-directed persons who possess a commitment to urban society and social justice. Students also gain competency in the art and science of teaching from a research knowledge base and continue to be inquiring, reflective educators. The cosmopolitan nature of our metropolitan area (multi-cultural and multi-talented) provides a perfect laboratory for the education of the professional teacher.
A candidate for this Bachelor of Arts with a major in elementary education must successfully complete between 126 to 153 credit hours acceptable to the degree program in which he/she is enrolled to be certified for graduation. These credits include requirements of the University Core Curriculum, the requirements for the program and requirements of teaching majors and minors.
College of Liberal Arts & Education Core Curriculum
See University Core Curriculum for more information. Specifically, the student should follow the core for the College of Liberal Arts & Education.
A teaching major consists of not less than 30 semester hours in a single discipline or 36 semester hours in a group of disciplines. A teaching minor consists of not less than 21 semester hours in a single discipline and 24 semester hours in a group of disciplines.
Teaching majors and teaching minors must be appropriate to the elementary school. Students should consult their Education advisor regarding courses for the teaching major and the teaching minor as well as other program requirements. The department reserves the right to require specific courses in the major and minor.
The following teaching majors and minors are approved by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) for Elementary Certification:
Teacher Certification Required Courses–Elementary
Professional Elementary Education Sequence (43 credits)
|EDU 4000||Introduction to Education||3 credits|
|EDU 4320||Psychology of Education||3 credits|
|EDU 4200||Philosophy of Education||3 credits|
|EDU 4400*||School and Society||3 credits|
|EDU 4500||Integrating the Arts in the Classroom||3 credits|
|EDU 4450||Methods of Physical and Health Education||2 credits|
|SED 4600||Educating and Mainstreaming Exceptional Persons||
|EDU 4410||Elementary Science Methods||2 credits|
|EDU 4420||Elementary Social Studies Methods||2 credits|
|EDU 4430||Teaching Reading in Elementary Schools||3 credits|
|EDU 4480||Elementary Language Arts||3 credits|
Elementary Mathematics Methods
Elementary Student Teaching
*Can be used to fulfill Core CurriculumSupportive Courses for Elementary Education
|MED 4770||Concepts of Elementary School Mathematics I
|MED 4780||Concepts of Elementary School Mathematics II||3 credits|
|POL 2100*||American Politics||3 credits|
|ECN 1000*||Introduction to Economics||3 credits|
|BIO 1030*||Environmental Science||3 credits|
|CHM 1030*||Chemistry in Society||3 credits|
|PHY 1080*||History of the Universe||3 credits|
|HIS 2500*||United States History to 1877||3 credits|
|HIS 2640*||Comparative Civilizations||3 credits|
|ENL 2350*||Study of Fiction||3 credits|
|ENL 2450*||Study of Poetry||3 credits|
|ENL 3900||Children's Literature||3 credits|
|GEO 2110*||World Regional Geography||3 credits|
|PYC 2500||Developmental Psychology||3 credits|
*Can be used to fulfill Core Curriculum
Post Degree Certification
Post-degree students may prepare for an elementary or secondary teaching certificate in the College of Liberal Arts & Education. For either program, students are required to have fulfilled the core curriculum requirements for the College of Liberal Arts & Education or the College of Engineering & Science for some secondary education students, depending upon the degree major.
Director of Advising and Certification
Reno Hall, Room 241
Department Chair: Lorri MacDonald, Ed.D.
Reno Hall, Room 243