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Elementary candidates will be certified to teach grades K-5 all subjects, grades 6-8 all subjects in a self-contained class and the major/minor subjects in grades 6-8 in Michigan. K-12 Chinese, French, Spanish and special education majors are also available to elementary candidates. K-12 art and k-12 music are available through the secondary program. Consider the following high-need teaching fields when choosing your major/minor subjects: Bilingual Spanish, Chinese, Early Childhood, English as a Second Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science, Spanish, and Special Education. When you have determined your major and/or minors, complete the Declaration form for Academic Services.

Elementary candidates may choose one major, a major and minor, or two minors from the lists below. One major is usually the shortest program, but a major and minor or two minors can lead to greater marketability due to certification in more subject areas.



Non-Certified Minors

One of the two elementary minors may be non-certified (these minors will not be included on the teaching certificate). 

Course Requirements


Students in the Elementary Education Program earn certification in grades K-5, all subjects, and grades 6-8 in their major and minor subject areas. An early childhood endorsement is also available for grades Pre-K through Kindergarten. The elementary education program can be completed in four years with careful planning.

Here are a few tips that will help you make it in four years:

  • Choose courses recommended for elementary education.
  • Decide early which levels and subjects you would like to teach.
  • Try to qualify for high school exemptions.
  • Be willing to take summer courses.

Consult the timeline for a more in-depth view of the program.


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