We’re helping future generations develop a passion and appreciation for science.
Do you have an innate curiosity about the natural world? Would you like to share that passion with young learners through hands-on experiments? This bachelor’s degree program in Integrated Science Studies prepares you for leading diverse classrooms in their study of science’s fundamental concepts and disciplines.
Pair your studies with elementary teacher certification and you’ll be qualified to teach all subjects in grades K-5; or choose to become certified to teach science in grades 6-8. Either way, you’ll be part of a balanced program that combines academic studies, professional training, multiple field experiences in local schools, and thorough training in how to use technology in the 21st-century classroom.
And with successful completion of the program, you’ll earn both a bachelor’s degree and faculty recommendation for the Michigan Elementary Standard Certificate.
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has revised Michigan’s teacher certification structure into 6 grade bands. CEHHS has submitted program proposals for our Birth through Kindergarten (B–K), Prekindergarten through Grade 3 (Pre-K–3), and Grades 3–6 grade band programs to the MDE. In addition, these same programs are working through the internal university curriculum approval process. Once approved, students will be able to apply for admission to these grade band programs starting in the Fall of 2022. Current elementary-certification students, and those admitted prior to Fall 2022, will have the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor to determine if they should remain in the current certification program or switch to a new grade band program.
What will I Learn?
- Candidates for certification will be capable in their content specialty areas.
- Candidates for certification will be capable users of pedagogical knowledge.
- Candidates for certification will be reflective about their practice.
Visit the University Catalog to learn more about required coursework for the Elementary Education - Integrated Science major and the requirements for the Michigan Elementary Standard Teaching Certificate.
Making the Most of Your Major
There are opportunities to develop skills and connect with others interested in Integrated Science Studies beyond the classroom. Check out the Elementary Education - Integrated Science Studies Major Map to get a more detailed, year-by-year plan of how you can learn, engage, network and transform your community and prepare for life after graduation.
Become a student member of the National Science Teachers Association.
Watch for campus events held by the Environmental Interpretive Center such as the maple syrup program.
Get Real World Experience
Substitute teach in different districts to learn more about diverse learners.
Tour local nature centers and science museums to learn more about local issues.
Plan for Life After Graduation
Consider adding the English as a Second Language endorsement.
Visit Career Services for advice with job searching and interviewing, resumes, and graduate school applications.
General Program Information
- Bachelor of Arts - Major/Certification
- Internships Available
- Scholarships Available