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Northwestern Michigan College

Program Guide for Elementary Education

First Year, First Semester

Course Credits
ENG 111 4
MTA math course 4
PSY 101 3
Elective for teachable major 3
Elective for teachable major 3
Total 17

First Year, Second Semester

Course Credits
ENG 112 4
Humanities elective 3
Global Perspectives elective 3
Elective for teachable major 3
Elective for teachable major 3
Total 16

Second Year, First Semester

Course Credits
Elective 3
*Science elective 4
Elective for teachable major 3
Social Science elective 3
Elective for teachable major 3
Total 16

Second Year, Second Semester

Course Credits
Elective 3
*Science Lab elective 4
Humanities elective 3
Elective for teachable major 3
Elective for teachable major 3
Total 16

NOTES:

  • Elementary teacher preparation at GVSU will be transitioning to the state mandated grade bands of PreK - Grade 3 and/or Grades 3 - 6.  These new programs are anticipated to be in place Fall 2021.  Students will choose a grade band or combination of grade bands for elementary certification.  For PreK - 3, students will also have the option to add a content area concentration in Social Studies, Integrated Science, Mathematics or Language Arts.  The Grades 3 - 6 band will require one of these concentrations.  In addition, both grade bands will have the option of pursuing Special Education or English as a Second Language (ESL).
  • Programs are approved by the Michigan Department of Education and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
  • The College of Education offers programs leading to the bachelor's degree and Michigan Provisional Certification. Certification is available in elementary general education, secondary general education, or elementary education with special education endorsements.
  • This guide fulfills the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA).  Science electives must be selected from different disciplines.  Social science elective must be a non-PSY course.  Humanities electives must be selected from different disciplines.  Please check with your community college advisor for additional associate degree requirements.  GVSU will still honor the MACRAO agreement.
  • Global Perspectives electives:  Please see general education guide for list of approved courses
  • PLEASE NOTE: Please contact an advisor early. The College of Education Advisors can be reached at 616-331-6650.
  • IMPORTANT -  All College of Education applicants must submit an official copy of the reading, mathematics, and writing sub-scores from the ACT or SAT. These must be on-file with the Office of Admissions at GVSU. If you have questions about the test, please see an advisor immediately.

*  Elementary certification students are required to take two scienc courses after transferring to GVSU and are not encouraed to complete the MTA.