Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)/Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The Elementary Education program leads to a Michigan Elementary Standard Teaching Certificate for teaching all subjects in grades K-5; and all subjects in grades K-8 in a self-contained classroom. A student must choose between two options.

Option 1 - Core Subject Majors

Core Subject Majors Cr. Hrs. Minimum
Integrated Science 36
Language Arts 36
Mathematics 32
Social Studies 36

A student must elect to complete one major, or can pursue a two-minor option including completion of two core minors. This option results in teacher certification of major and minor subjects in grades K-8. 

Option 2 - Comprehensive

Majors Cr. Hrs. Minimum
Foreign Language - Arabic 30
Foreign Language - French 30
Foreign Language – Spanish 30
Early Childhood 33
Minors Cr. Hrs. Minimum
Early Childhood 24
Bilingual-Bicultural 21
English as a Second Language 21
Integrated Science 28
Language Arts 24
Mathematics 23
Health Education 21
Physical Education 27
Early Childhood 24
Foreign Language – Arabic 21
Foreign Language – French 21
Foreign Language – Spanish 21
Bilingual-Bicultural 21
English as a Second Language 21

Student-centered programs include: Bilingual-Bicultural Education, English as a Second Language, Early Childhood Education, and World Languages. A Bilingual-Bicultural Education and English as a Second Language student will be certified to teach in grades K-8. An Early Childhood Education student will be certified to teach Pre-K-K. A World Languages student will be certified to teach in grades K-8. Certification to teach grades K-12 in world languages is also available.

Course Requirements

No grade below "C" may be used to meet requirements specific to secondary education, the major, the minor (including the planned minor), or professional education courses; grades of "C-minus" are not acceptable.


Students in this program complete an individualized Plan of Work with their advisor and the Elementary Education Advising Guide that fits their teaching major and minor concentration when they start their course work.


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The College of Education educator preparation programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  


Kathryn Roberts, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Interim Assistant Dean

Primary Advisors in Academic Services

Last Names A-K:
Shawntae Harris

Academic advisor II

Last Names L-Z:
Cassie Tackett

Academic services officer II

Teacher Education Division
Phone: 313-577-0902

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