The comprehensive science and arts for teaching (CSAT) major is designed for students seeking certification to teach in specialized areas at the elementary and/or middle school levels. It provides a solid foundation in subject-matter knowledge and pedagogical approaches across all content areas taught at these levels: fine arts, health and physical education, integrated science, language arts, mathematics, and social studies. Students complete several field experiences in classrooms, as well as learn to plan instruction and assessments and to understand and work with diverse populations, including extraordinary-needs learners. Our graduates have a unique combination of skills and experiences that are highly valued. Students will meet with a CSAT major advisor in the CLAS advising center, as well as a College of Education advisor.
In addition to degree requirements, general education candidates must complete the CSAT major, elementary general education major, and the Spanish minor. Prior to beginning in the College of Education, students are expected to complete most courses in general education and the CSAT major (except SAT 495). In addition, they must complete the College of Education prerequisite courses EDF 315, PSY 301, and EDI 337.
Michigan Teacher Certification and Teachable Grades and Subjects
Through completing this program and other certification requirements, candidates earn a Michigan elementary teacher certification and a Spanish endorsement. Completers are eligible to teach in the following grades and subjects:
1. Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching (CSAT) major
The 46-credit CSAT major must be planned with the student’s CSAT advisor. It consists of the following courses:
AND one of the following:
Health and Physical Education
2. Requirements for the Certificate: Elementary Special Education Major
Candidates must complete the following 39-credit education major. At least one field semester must be done in a multicultural setting.
Flex Course 1 - This course is taken before OR after admission to the College of Education. It must be completed before student teaching.
EDS 378 - Universal Design for Learning: Elementary Credits: 3
Prior to Admission to undergraduate teacher education:
Flex Course 2 - This course is taken after admission to the College of Education. It must be completed before student teaching.
EDT 370 - Technology in Education Credits: 3
Teacher Assistant Semester:
Student Teaching Semester:
3. Requirements for a Spanish Elementary Education Minor
Students choosing Spanish as a teachable minor for elementary education certification (in conjunction with the comprehensive science and arts for teaching major) must complete 27 credits including:
A student who wishes to complete the Spanish elementary education minor must also complete the comprehensive science and arts for teaching (CSAT) major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the elementary education major in the College of Education. Due to the complex and extensive nature of the combined programs, minors in Spanish elementary education should consult regularly with both CSAT and Spanish advisors.
It is a requirement of the Michigan Department of Education and Grand Valley’s College of Education that teacher candidates achieve the advanced low level on the oral proficiency interview (OPI) in Spanish before student teaching. Students interested in teaching in immersion or dual language programs should plan to develop advanced high oral proficiency. Information sessions on the OPI and other requirements for certification are provided regularly, but students should work closely with an advisor in Spanish. Students are urged to meet with a Spanish advisor as early as possible in their program and strongly encouraged to study abroad for at least one semester. Credits for SPA 101, 102, 150, 201, 202, 203, or 204 will not be counted toward the major or minor.
For more information, see the Spanish minor requirements.
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