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Elementary Teaching Majors Required for the Degree in Special Education-Learning Disabilities (choose one)

Students pursuing BA degrees in Education or Special Education must complete University Integrative Studies and Writing Requirements, the Planned Program for Elementary Education, one of four Elementary Certification Teaching Majors and a series of professional education courses.

Elementary Certification Teaching Majors

In Michigan, elementary teachers are qualified to teach all subjects in grades K-5 (and all subjects in grades K-8 in self-contained classrooms) and the subject area corresponding to their teaching major in grades 6-8.

Fall 2009 Freshmen (and beyond) must choose an integrated elementary teaching major. They will not have the two minor option. Teaching minors can be added to the teaching major, but they are considered extra and optional. This curricular modification (pending formal approval) is based on mandated changes in Elementary Education required by the Michigan Department of Education.

Four integrated elementary teaching majors are available for prospective elementary school teachers:  Integrated Science, Language Arts, Mathematics and Social Studies (with the option of a concentration in History or Geography). These majors, which are housed in the College of Education, allow prospective elementary teachers to focus on a set of closely allied subject areas central to the core curriculum taught in elementary and middle schools. To enroll in one of these teaching majors, students must be admitted to the College of Education's Elementary Teacher Certification Program

Language Arts* 36-38 cr. 
Social Studies*
(students who were freshmen in FS09 or earlier and/or will intern in FS13 or earlier)
37-38 cr.
Social Studies*
(students who were freshmen in FS10 or later and/or will intern in FS14 or later; pending formal app.)
49 cr.
Integrated Science* 55-58 cr.
Mathematics 32 cr.

Students who wish to add one or more approved disciplinary teaching majors or disciplinary teaching minors to their required teaching major may do so, but this is optional.

A given course may not be counted toward requirements for both the teaching major and the Planned Program for Elementary Education. However, because disciplinary majors and minors are considered extra, courses can be double counted.

* Group major requiring at least 36 credits.

In addition to the Elementary Education and Special Education majors in the College of Education, the Child Development degree major in the College of Social Science is available to students seeking elementary certification. The Child Development major (with teacher certification emphasis) leads to elementary certification and the Early Childhood Education ("ZA") endorsement to teach at the PreK-K level. Students interested in earning elementary certification and a degree in Child Development should see an advisor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies [HDFS] and the HDFS section in Academic Programs for more information.