Undergraduate Elementary Education with Early Childhood Education Endorsement

CSAT and Early Childhood Education Program

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 Education major, and the Early Childhood Education 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 338.

Steps to declaring CSAT major and Early Childhood Education minor

Michigan Teacher Certification and Teachable Grades and Subjects

Through completing this program and other certification requirements, candidates earn a Michigan teacher certification in Elementary Education and an endorsement in Early Childhood Education. Completers 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

Content Areas

Michigan Endorsement Code


Student Outcomes

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



CSAT Outcomes
Elementary Education Outcomes

Early Childhood Education




Requirements for the 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:

Language Arts

  • ENG 302 - Introduction to Language Arts: Teaching Writing and Children's Literature Credits: 3
  • ENG 400 - Language Arts for Teaching Credits: 3
  • 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

Social Studies

  • SST 309 - Social Studies for Elementary Teachers Credits: 3
    And select one course from:
    • HST 203 - World History to 1500 A.D. Credits: 3
    • HST 204 - World History since 1500 Credits: 3
    • HST 205 - American History to 1877 Credits: 3
    • HST 206 - American History since 1877 Credits: 3

Integrated Science

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

World Languages

  • ENG 467 - Language Disorders and English Literacy Credits: 3

Fine Arts

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

Health and Physical Education

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


  • PSY 301 - Child Development Credits: 3


  • SAT 495 - Teaching Sciences and Arts in Elementary Classrooms Credits: 3

Requirements for Elementary Education Major

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

Prior to Admission to Undergraduate Teacher Education

  • EDF 315 - Diverse Perspectives on Education, Credits: 3
  • EDI 338 - Teachers as Decision Makers: Instruction and Assessment in Elementary Schools, Credits: 3
  • PSY 301 - Child Development, Credits: 3

Required 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

Required 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:

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

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

Requirements for Early Childhood Education Minor

Students choosing the Early Childhood Education minor for elementary education certification (in conjunction with the CSAT major) must complete 27 credits including:

  • PSY 305 – Infant and Early Childhood Development
  • EDI 311 – Assessing Young Children
  • EDI 312 – Child Guidance and Classroom Management
  • EDI 313 – Programs for Children Birth-Three
  • EDI 314 – Teaching Young Children with High Needs
  • EDI 315 – Curriculum and Learning in Pre-K/Primary Programs
  • EDI 416 – Teaching Early Language and Literacy
  • EDI 417 – Family and Community Partnerships
  • EDI 418 – Administration and Supervision in Early Childhood Programs


Due to the complex and extensive nature of the combined programs, minors in Early Childhood Education should consult regularly with both CSAT and Early Childhood Education advisors.


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