Few things can empower a person like the ability to read, write and communicate.

Do you dream of helping children learn to read, write, speak and listen? Our bachelor’s degree program in Language Arts thoroughly prepares you for teaching and motivating young readers and writers in diverse classrooms. Pair your studies with elementary teacher certification and you’ll be qualified to teach all subjects in grades K-5; or become certified to teach language arts in grades 6-8 upon meeting the endorsement requirements. Either way, you’ll be part of a well-rounded program that combines academic studies, professional training and multiple field experiences in local schools.

With successful completion of the program, you will 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 - Language Arts  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 Language Arts beyond the classroom. Check out the Elementary Education - Language Arts 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.

Get Involved

Join the International Literacy Association or the National Council of Teachers of English as a student.

Form a study group for your certification exams.

Get Real World Experience

Take on the challenge of becoming a substitute teacher or substitute paraprofessional.

Request a practicum experience in a high-needs school outside of your own community.

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

Department Contact Information

CEHHS Office for Student Success
262 Fairlane Center South (FCS)
cehhs-oss@umich.edu
313-593-5090

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