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Northwestern Michigan College

Program Guide for Elementary Education

First Year, First Semester

Course Credits
ENG 111 4
PSY 101 3
Elective - see below 3 - 4
Elective - see below 3 - 4

First Year, Second Semester

Course Credits
ENG 112 4
ECE 202 5
Elective - see below 3 - 4
Elective - see below 3 - 4


Additional Electives may be chosen from the following:

  • Social Studies Concentration: GEO 109, HST 111, PLS 101
  • Spanish Endorsement: SPAN 101, 102, 201, 202
  • ECE or EDU courses. Course equivalencies are still being determined at GVSU.



  • Programs are approved by the Michigan Department of Education and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • Elementary teacher preparation at GVSU has transitioned to a dual major program to include the new majors in Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Elementary Teaching (PCKET) and a second major in Educational Studies. These new majors allow student to choose from the following certification levels or grade bands:
    1. PreK – 3rd grade
    2. Grades 3 – 6
    3. Dual grade certification in grades PreK – 6
  • The previous elementary majors in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Integrated Science and Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching/Special Education have been eliminated for all incoming students.
  • Students interested in Elementary or Special Education Certification are urged to transfer to Grand Valley State University after one year of study or upon completion of the courses listed above.
  • Students will choose a grade band or combination of grade bands for elementary certification.
  • Students will be able to choose concentration areas in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies and/or Integrated Science.
  • Additional endorsements may be added in English as a Second Language (ESL) K-12 or Spanish K – 8.
  • More information about the requirements for these programs can be found at
  • Students interested in K-12 Special Education certification will choose one of the grade bands listed above as well as the Special Education major.
  • The College of Education and Community Innovation offers programs leading to a bachelor’s degree and a Michigan Standard Teaching Certificate.  Certification is available in lower elementary (PK-3), upper elementary (3-6), secondary education, and lower or upper elementary education with special education endorsement.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Please contact an advisor early.
      • For questions regarding the Educational Studies or Special Education major, please contact the College of Education and Community Innovation at 616-331-6650