Elementary Certification Programs prepare competent, caring and reflective educators to teach grades K-5 in all elementary subjects and grades 6-8 in a chosen content area.

The program’s curriculum consists of academic study, professional preparation and field experience, providing graduates with pedagogical and content-specific knowledge and preparing them to work with diverse learners in the elementary and middle school classroom. Throughout the program, undergraduates gain the experience they need to apply technology to the 21st century classroom.

With successful completion of the program, candidates earn both their bachelor’s degree and faculty recommendation for the Michigan Elementary Provisional Certificate.

    • Candidates for certification will be capable in their content specialty areas (teaching major(s) and/or minor(s)).
    • Candidates for certification will be capable users of pedagogical knowledge.
    • Candidates for certification will be reflective about their practice.
  • Grade point averages:
    Degree completion requires a minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average, minimum 2.75 in the major, minimum 2.75 in any optional declared minor and minimum 2.75 in the professional sequence.

    Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements:
    Minimum number of credit hours required to graduate is 128.

    Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements:
    The Bachelor of Science degree is available to students seeking a teaching certificate with a major in science or math, who have earned 60 or more credit hours in mathematics, the natural sciences, computer science or any combination of these, with at least 20 of these credit hours in upper division (junior/senior level) courses. Minimum number of credit hours required to graduate is 128.

  • Complete your degrees in four years by taking at least 15 credits each semester and save nearly $9,000 dollars in tuition. The sample academic plans of study show how graduation within four years can be completed. Visit your academic adviser to FastFOURward your academic pursuits.