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Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching, B.A., B.S.

The comprehensive science and arts for teaching (CSAT) major is for students seeking certification to teach in specialized areas at the elementary and/or middle school levels. It provides a solid foundation in all content areas taught at these levels.

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Program Overview

The CSAT major combines with one of two majors in the College of Education; it leads to certification in elementary education with one of the following specialized endorsement areas: special education, Spanish (paired with the Spanish elementary education minor), English as a Second Language (ESL) (with the Applied Linguistics-ESL minor), or early childhood (with the Early Childhood Education minor). A Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) may be earned. For certification, the student must:

  • Complete both the CSAT major, the education major, and the complementary minor (if required) with a GPA of 2.7 or better
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.7 or better
  • Meet minimum scores on the ACT or SAT and pass the MTTC Elementary Education and endorsement-area tests

Why Study CSAT at Grand Valley?

  • Courses are designed specifically for the major and are taught using best practices identified in research literature.
  • Students have many extracurricular opportunities, such as professional organizations (Student Council for Exceptional Children), service learning in area schools, and becoming active members of the community.
  • The strong pedagogical skills CSAT students develop are valuable in settings outside the school system, where an understanding of effective teaching and learning is important.
  • Two of the endorsement areas within the special education major may lead to a master's degree.
  • Grand Valley CSAT program graduates are employed as special education teachers across the state and nation.
  • Elementary-education teachers with a Spanish endorsement are in demand locally and across the country.

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at the Grand Valley Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face


Courses within the program provide candidates with content knowledge, practical and theoretical pedagogical knowledge, and pre-service field experiences. Majors take courses in:

  • Fine arts
  • Social studies
  • Integrated science
  • Language art
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Health and physical education

Career Options

Graduates completing CSAT and special education majors are prepared to teach in elementary and middle-school classrooms as well as to serve as special education teachers in endorsement areas such as cognitive impairment, emotional impairment, early childhood, and learning disabilities.

Graduates completing CSAT and elementary education majors with the Spanish elementary education minor are prepared to teach Spanish Immersion, Spanish specials, or general education in elementary classrooms.

Graduates completing CSAT and elementary education majors with the ESL minor are prepared to teach English as a second language in elementary classrooms or provide ESL support in any subject in K-12 classrooms.

Graduates completing CSAT and elementary education majors with the early childhood education minor are prepared to teach in preschool programs as well as kindergarten through third grade.

Combined Degree Programs

This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.

You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

CSAT Program
401 W. Fulton St, Building C
(616) 331-6650

Admissions Office