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Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S. in Ed.) Elementary Standard Certificate

Completion of this degree will qualify a student for recommendation to the Michigan State Board of Education for an Elementary Standard Certificate, which will permit the holder to teach in the elementary schools.

This degree is offered via Global Campus for the Integrated Science Major.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30-42 hours)

See General Education Requirements.

Planned Program/Comprehensive Major (45 hours)

Note: Many of the courses in the Planned Program/Comprehensive Major double count in the University Program and in majors and minors.

ART 345Art in the Elementary School


AST 165Foundations of Astronomy


BIO 165Life Science for Elementary Teachers


CHM 265QRChemical Physical Science for Elementary Teachers

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ENG 315WITeaching Writing in Elementary and Middle Schools


ENG 381WIChildren's Literature


GEO 120QREnvironmental Geography


GEO 350United States and Canada


HSC 343Health Education in the Elementary School


HST 210WIUnited States History through Michigan Eyes


MTH 151Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I


MTH 152Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II


MUS 330Music for Elementary Classroom Teachers


PES 310Physical Education for the Classroom Teacher


PHS 265QRQuantitative Physical Science


PSC 105Introduction to American Government and Politics


SCI 285Earth Systems Science for Elementary Teachers


Professional Education Sequence Requirements (38 hours)

All of the courses below (except EDU 107 and HDF 100) require students to be admitted to the teacher education program. Students cannot continue in the education program until each previous EDU course is completed with a C+ or better. EDU 432 and EDU 458 may be taken at any point after the course prerequisites are met.

Note: For main campus students, all of these courses except EDU 432 and EDU 458 are offered in cohort blocks and must be taken in a specific order. In order to proceed to the next cohort block of classes, all EDU courses in the previous block must be successfully completed with a grade of C+ or better. Read carefully the section on Standards leading to Teacher Certification for additional requirements.

EDU 107Introduction to Teaching


EDU 330Foundations of Reading Instruction


EDU 380WIInterdisciplinary Methods and Pre-Student Teaching


EDU 393Learning Theory in Elementary Education


EDU 432Student Teaching Seminar


EDU 458Student Teaching


HDF 100Lifespan Development


SPE 504Teaching Students in Inclusive Settings


Specialized Studies

Select one of the following options:

Option 1 - Choice 1: (Major)

Select a major:

Integrated Science Major

Language Arts Major

Mathematics Major

Social Studies Major: Geography Concentration

Social Studies Major: History Concentration

Option 1 - Choice 2: (Minors)

Select two minors from the following:

Note: Students may not select both Language Arts and Reading in the Elementary Grades minors together.

Integrated Science Minor

Language Arts Minor, Teaching Elementary

Mathematics Minor, Teaching Elementary

Reading In The Elementary Grades Minor, Teaching Elementary

Option 2 - (Major or Minor)

Select one major or one minor:

Early Childhood Development and Learning Major

Special Education Major: Teachers of Students With Cognitive Impairment

Special Education Major: Teachers of Students With Emotional Impairment

Early Childhood Development and Learning Minor

English as A Second Language Minor, Teaching

Minimum Totals for Graduation: 124 hours

  • To graduate from CMU you must complete a minimum of 120 hours, at least 40 of which must be in courses numbered 300 or above. Please note: the combination of some majors and minors may require more than 120 hours for graduation.
  • You must earn a minimum overall grade point average of 2.70 in order to graduate with the Bachelor of Science in Education degree.
  • Not all major/minor combinations are allowed. Please consult with a university advisor to confirm your choice.
  • No more than a total of 27 hours may be taken from the College of Business Administration and counted towards graduation.
  • You should read the Requirements for Graduation in this Bulletin for a complete description.
  • Note: Early advisement and planning are necessary to be able to complete this degree with as few hours as possible.