Undergraduate Elementary Education with Early Childhood Education

Candidates who complete this program and become certified are eligible to teach in the following grades and subjects:

  • All subjects, grades K-5
  • Great Start Readiness Programs
  • Title I Preschool
  • Head Start
  • Early Childhood Special Education Pre-Kindergarten Programs

The Michigan Department of Education recommends, but does not require, the Early Childhood Education endorsement for teaching in grades K-3

Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching Major

Students interested in early childhood education should complete the Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching (CSAT) major. This program 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.


Subject Areas

CSAT (Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching)
and Elementary Education

Early Childhood Education


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

Information on the courses for each subject area can be found by searching GVSU's Catalog.