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.
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
- 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.
- 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 could lead to a master's degree.
- 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.
- Elementary education teachers with a Spanish endorsement or an ESL endorsement are in-demand locally and across the country.