Undergraduate Elementary Education Program

Elementary Majors and Minor

Candidates who earn an elementary certificate can teach:

  • All subjects, grades K-5
  • Major subject areas, grades 6-8
  • All subjects, grades K-8 in a self-contained classroom

Academic Majors

Academic majors for certification are offered in various content areas. Candidates select from:

Elementary Majors

Michigan Endorsement Code


Student Outcomes

Integrated Science (Elementary)



Integrated Science Outcomes

Language Arts



Language Arts Outcomes

Mathematics (Elementary)



Mathematics Outcomes

Social Studies (Elementary)



Social Studies Outcomes

*Education Major: Elementary
and Elementary Teaching minor



Elementary Education Outcomes

Professor Megan Freudigmann teaching in a 1st grade classroom (photo).


In addition to completing an academic major in one of the content areas, the elementary teaching program requires all candidates to complete the Elementary Education Major Sequence and the Elementary Teaching Minor.

Steps to declaring elementary education majors and minor

Education Major Sequence - Elementary

Candidates must complete the following 39 credit education major. At least one field semester must be done in a multicultural setting.

Prerequisites - required prior to admission to undergraduate teacher education:

  • EDF 315 - Diverse Perspectives on Education
  • EDI 338 - Teachers as Decision Makers: Instruction and Assessment in Elementary Schools
  • PSY 301 - Child Development

Required Course 1 - This course is taken before OR after admission to the College of Education. It must be completed before Student Teaching. Must be grade B- or higher.

  • EDS 378 - Universal Design for Learning: Elementary Credits: 3

Required Course 2 - This course is taken after admission to the College of Education. It must be completed before Student Teaching. Must be grade of B- or higher.

  • EDT 370 - Technology in Education Credits: 3

Teacher Assisting Semester

  • EDI 310 Organizing and Managing Classroom Environments - Credits 3
  • EDR 320 Reading: Assessment and Instruction - Credits 3
  • EDI 330 Teacher Assisting: Elementary - Credits 5

Student Teaching Semester

  • EDF 485 The Context of Educational Issues - Credits 3 (may be taken after EDI 430 but before certification)
  • EDI 430 Student Teaching: Elementary - Credits 10

Elementary Teaching Minor

For elementary education candidates starting the elementary minor program, elementary certification requirements are listed below:


  • ENG 308 - Teaching Reading: The Necessary Skills - Credits: 4


  • MTH 221 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I Credits: 4 AND MTH 222 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II Credits: 3
  • MTH 223 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers III Credits: 5

Elementary candidates must take each of the following courses, except the course(s) listed in their chosen content major area:

Fine Arts

  • MAT 300 - Music, Art, and Theatre for Elementary Education - Credits: 3

Language Arts

  • ENG 302 - Introduction to Language Arts: Teaching Writing and Children's Literature - Credits: 3


  • SCI 225 - Integrated Life Science for K-8 Teachers - Credits: 4
  • SCI 226 - Integrated Physical Science for K-8 Teachers - Credits: 3

Physical Education/Health

  • PED 265 - Teaching Health in Elementary Schools - Credits: 2
  • PED 266 - Move-Dance-Learn! PE and Dance for Elementary Ed - Credits: 2

Social Studies

  • SST 309 - Social Studies for Elementary Teachers - Credits: 3


Courses may be viewed on the College of Education’s Course List page.