Elementary Education - Reading Major Map
The map just offers suggestions - you don’t have to do it all.
Learn: What foundational courses should I be taking?
- Enroll in EDA 205, EDT 211, and COMP 105
- Complete the required clearances for field experiences in schools
- Take LING 280 early as it is a prerequisite for other coursework
Engage: What kinds of activities and organizations can I explore?
- Join Talent Gateway
- Support local libraries and literacy initiatives with the Books for a Benefit student organization
- Become a Read to Me Mentor during the winter semesters, or attend the Young Authors’ Festival in November
- Sign up for MLK Day of Service or Alternative Spring Break
Network: What are important topics in my field?
- Learn about the Michigan Top 10 in 10 Years Goals and Strategies
- Familiarize yourself with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
- Learn about parental involvement strategies and family literacy practices that support reading development
- Become familiar with the new Third Grade Reading Law in Michigan
Transform: What are the challenges and the strengths in my community?
- Attend a local school board meeting or watch an archived video of a meeting
- Volunteer at a local school to learn about the community’s needs
- Follow the Michigan Legislature to learn about new education bills
Prepare: What are the career options for people with my major?
- Check out the teaching positions posted on Wayne RESA's website
- Attend one of the teacher job fairs in the area during April or May
- Consider leadership positions for summer camps or nonprofit organizations seeking a certified teacher
Learn: How do I build on foundational courses?
- Meet with your academic advisor each semester
- Choose to read content assigned thoroughly to build your background knowledge
- Enroll in EXPS 298 to develop your teacher-writer skills
Engage: What activities and organizations will help me develop professional skills?
- Join the Student Michigan Education Association (SMEA)
- Join the Michigan Reading Association as a student member; attend the annual conference in March
- Join the International Literacy Association or the National Council of Teachers of English as a student
Network: How do I connect with faculty and students with similar interests?
- Join the CEHHS Facebook Page or other CEHHS social media outlets
- Expand on the connections made through university-required practica experiences; continue tutoring, teaching, or mentoring even after the course requirements are met
- Attend the Michigan Reading Association Conference in March
Transform: What are the challenges and strengths of the Detroit Metro area?
- Many school districts are not able to hire enough certified teachers
- Visit the website of a school to follow their news
- Consider enrolling in EDC 439 to learn more about childhood trauma and maltreatment
Prepare: What resources are available on campus to help me develop the professional skills I will need?
Learn: How do I gain expertise in my major?
- Enroll in EDD 468, which is a prerequisite for EDD 471 and EDD 467
- Watch for announcements for student teaching application meetings held one year prior to student teaching
- Complete the Phase III application when you meet the requirements
- Pass the MTTC for Elementary Education (test #103) prior to student teaching
Engage: How can I grow as a leader on campus?
- Consider running for Student Government or a leadership position in a campus organization
- Participate in campus educational outreach activities
- Represent CEHHS as an Orientation Leader
Network: How can I broaden my professional relationships?
- Put forth your best efforts at each of your school practicum experiences
- Focus on public relations whenever you have an opportunity to connect with professionals in the field
- Take on the challenge of becoming a substitute teacher
Transform: How can I prepare to effectively solve local and global challenges?
- Participate in the Poverty Simulation project, hosted by the Office of Metropolitan Impact and the Office of Student Life
- Request a practicum experience in a high-needs school outside of your own community
- Consider adding the English as a Second Language endorsement
- Substitute teach in different districts to learn more about diverse learners
Prepare: What practical things should I do to further my career options?
- Become a substitute paraprofessional or a substitute teacher
- Create or update your LinkedIn account
- Consider adding a minor to your teaching certificate
Learn: How do I finish strong?
- Connect with professionals in the field throughout every field experience
- Consider taking the MTTC Reading (#005) for the endorsement
- Put forth your best effort during Student Teaching
- Develop your professional dispositions
Engage: How can I mentor others to be leaders on campus?
- Create a student organization
- Be willing to take leadership roles in group projects for coursework
- Form a study group for your certification exams
Network: How can I demonstrate my readiness for the next steps?
- Submit your best paper for the Campus Writing Center Awards
- Request letters of recommendation from faculty who know your work
- Complete your M-Portfolio to prepare for the interview process and use with job applications
- Demonstrate mastery through the professional dispositions assessment and evaluation process
Transform: How can I add to the strengths of my community, the region, and the world?
- Learn about teaching positions in high-needs schools
- Register for an Alternative Spring Break
- Contribute to a community project through the Office of Metropolitan Impact (OMI)
- Participate in a study abroad course
Prepare: How do I make the best use of university resources to launch my professional next steps?
- Visit Career Services for advice with job searching and interviewing, resumes, and graduate school applications
- Prepare your resume and have it critiqued by your university supervisor during student teaching
- Participate in the Mock Interviews during student teaching
Most students look forward to a full-time teaching job after graduation. Many school districts in the Metropolitan Detroit area are beginning to experience the teacher shortage that is prevalent in other parts of the country.
- Attend one of the teacher job fairs in April and May each year to engage with school districts from around the country in addition to local districts and charter schools.
- Complete an employment application for the Wayne County Schools Employment Network through the Wayne RESA website.
- Contact Career Services on campus for assistance with job searching or resume review.
- Contact your professional references to request permission to include their contact information in applications and request letters of recommendation.
- Update your M-Portfolio to indicate you have graduated.
- Register with the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) to apply for a teaching certificate.