Undergraduate Elementary Education with English as a Second Language

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

  • All subjects, grades K-5
  • English as a Second Language, grades K-8

Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching Major

Students interested in teaching English as a second language 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

English as a Second Language (Applied Linguistics in ESL)


Education courses may be viewed on the College of Education’s Course List page. ESL minor courses may be viewed on the Linguistics Department's Applied Linguistics minor page.

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