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Pedagogical Content Knowledge of Elementary Teaching (PCKET) B.A., B.S.

The Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Elementary Teaching (PCKET) major is dedicated to developing the highest quality PK-6 educators -- teachers who are grounded in the content of each of the subject-specific disciplines, value interdisciplinary teaching and learning, support diverse learners, and commit to the pursuit of academic, lifelong learning.

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Students are admitted directly into this program.

Program Overview

PCKET is designed for those seeking teacher certification at the elementary level. Students will pair this major with the Educational Studies or Special Education major. In addition, students can earn an endorsement in ESL and/or a concentration in one of the core disciplines: mathematics, English language arts, integrated science, or social studies. A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science may be earned. For certification:

  • complete both the PCKET major and the Educational Studies major or the Special Education major with a 2.7 GPA or better;
  • have an overall 2.7 GPA or better; and
  • pass the MTTC Elementary Education and endorsement-area tests.

Why Study PCKET at Grand Valley?

  • PKCET is a teacher certification program that is customizable to students' specific areas of study.
  • Grand Valley professors are both subject area experts and content pedagogy experts in their fields.
  • The strong content pedagogical skills developed are valuable in settings outside the school system, where an understanding of effective teaching and learning is important.
  • Extracurricular opportunities include participation in professional organizations, service learning in area schools, and becoming an active member of the community.
  • Study abroad programs are designed to fit within the curriculum, providing students with the opportunity to travel and spend time in elementary classrooms around the world. Students can earn a Certificate of International Teaching.
  • Elementary education teachers with an ESL 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 disciplinary content knowledge, practical and theoretical pedagogical knowledge, and pre-service field experiences. Majors take courses in:

  • Fine arts
  • Social studies
  • Integrated science
  • English language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Health and physical education

Career Options

The PCKET program, offered in combination with Educational Studies or Special Education, provides customizable degree options, which in turn, provides unique career opportunities for educators. Graduates will be prepared to teach in PK-3 and/or 3-6 elementary classrooms, ESL K-12 support, or special education in two selected endorsements areas. With the disciplinary concentrations, you will be positioned to be a disciplinary content leader in an elementary school. Meet with an advisor to select the right path.

Combined Degree Programs

Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.

Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.

For More Information

PCKET Program
B-4-232 Mackinac Hall
(616) 331-2495

Admissions and Recruitment Office