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Teaching Grades PK-3 with Special Education Major, B.S.Ed. (Standard Certificate, B-6)

B.S.Ed., Standard Certificate (B-6)

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A minimum of a 2.8 GPA must be earned in all teaching majors.

The purpose of the Teaching Grades PK-3 major paired with a Special Education major is designed to prepare educators to address the needs of the whole-child; use relevant, research-based criteria to establish a supportive, engaging environment that fosters, learning; and use practices that meets the needs of all learners including students with disabilities. This Learner-Centered major prepares the educator in areas of Literacy, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies to teach students in grades PK-3 in a self-contained classroom or departmentalized setting.

The Teaching Grades PK-3 major, paired with Special Education Major: Teachers of Students with Cognitive Impairment or the Special Education Major: Teachers of Students with Emotional Impairment, will prepare candidates to be certified in grades PK-3 and special education K-12.

Teaching Grades PK-3 major is housed and shared by the Departments of Human Development and Family Studies and Teacher Education and Professional Development. The special education Cognitive Impairment and Emotional Impairment majors are housed in the Department of Counseling and Special Education. The Teaching Grades PK-3 major combines courses in the departments of Teacher Education and Professional Development, Sciences, English, Early Childhood Development and Learning, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Special Education. A minimum 2.8 must be earned in this major. For information on the special education majors, refer to the Department of Counseling and Special Education.

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

  1. A minimum cumulative average of a 2.8 must be earned in the Teaching Grades PK-3 Major.
  2. Complete EDU 107 with a B or higher.
  3. All Professional Education Courses (list courses) must be completed with a C+ or higher.
  4. A minimum cumulative average of a 2.8 is required to complete the student teaching clinical experience.
  5. Students must adhere to the Teacher Candidate Dispositions set by the Education Preparation Program.

Classes that require a C+ or higher on the major: EDU 330, EDU 342, EDU 380WI, HDF 402, HDF 403, HDF 409.

This major is taken with the Special Education Major: Teachers of Students with Cognitive Impairment or Special Education Major: Teachers of Students with Emotional Impairment. 

Note: 12 credit hours double count on the University Program.




Program Requirements

Required Courses (64 hours)

BIO 165Life Science for Elementary Teachers


EDU 330Foundations of Reading Instruction


EDU 342Word Study and Fluency: PK-3


EDU 380WIInterdisciplinary Methods and Pre-Student Teaching (Math & Literacy, PK-


ENG 381WIChildren's Literature


HDF 303Early Childhood Development


HDF 360Integration of Content in Early Childhood through Play


HDF 402Guidance for Young Children


HDF 403Best Practices in Early Childhood Settings


HDF 409Lead Teaching Methods in Early Childhood (Science and Social Studies)


HST 210WIUnited States History through Michigan Eyes


MTH 150The Teaching of Counting and Whole Numbers


MTH 250The Teaching of Fractions, Decimals, and Proportional Reasoning


MTH 350The Teaching of Patterns, Shapes, Measurement and Data


PHS 151QRIntroductory Physical Science I


PSC 105Introduction to American Government and Politics


SCI 285Earth Systems Science for Elementary Teachers


SCI 385Science and Engineering Practices for Teaching PK-6


SPE 585Early Childhood Special Education


Total: 64 semester hours