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Grand Valley State University    
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Sep 25, 2018
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Elementary Teacher Certification (General Education)

Michigan Elementary Provisional Certification allows the holder to teach any subject in kindergarten through fifth grade; major and minor subjects in sixth through eighth; all subjects in kindergarten through eighth in self-contained classrooms. In addition to degree requirements, candidates must complete the teaching major, minor, and education major program.

1. Teaching Major—Elementary Certification

In January 2008, the Michigan State Board of Education approved new Elementary Education standards. The new standards will ensure that teachers are prepared with depth and breadth of content knowledge. New students entering Grand Valley, pursuing an elementary provisional teaching certificate, will only be able to select from the following four state approved major programs:

  • Integrated Science
  • Mathematics
  • Group Social Studies
  • Language Arts

In addition to selecting one of the listed teachable majors, education candidates must complete requirements for the elementary teaching minor and the education major program for elementary certification. Students should meet with their advisor before selecting courses for the elementary minor.


2. Requirements for an Elementary Teaching Minor—Elementary Certification

Candidates must complete the following 31-credit program.  At least one field semester must be done in a multicultural setting.

Elementary candidates must take each of the following courses, except the course listed in their chosen content major area:

3. Requirements for the Education Major Program—Elementary Certification

Candidates must complete the following 39-credit education major. At least one field semester must be done in a multicultural setting.

Prior to admission to Undergraduate Teacher Education:

Teacher Assisting semester:

Student Teaching Semester: