Students who have declared or completed a major and minor in a science discipline may complete additional courses for an integrated science secondary endorsement to their teaching certificate. The endorsement (obtained upon passing the Michigan Department of Education MDE) Integrated Science Test) will be able to teach general science at the secondary level (grades 6-12.) The Michigan Department of Education will allow teachers with the integrated science secondary endorsement to teach biology, chemistry, earth science and physics at the secondary level once they have successfully passed the MDE subject area tests.
Requirements for a Major in Integrated Science
The integrated science major is designed for students seeking certiﬁcation to teach at the elementary school level. It provides the preservice teacher broad exposure in all the sciences and emphasizes the connections among the scientiﬁc disciplines, their relationship with technology, and their relevance to society. In order to be certiﬁed, students must complete this major and the elementary teaching minor with at least a 2.7 GPA in each. Further, students must have an overall GPA of at least 2.7. Students are advised to take the MDE subject test after they have completed the major with a 2.7 GPA. Students seeking elementary teaching certification should review the integrated science major in the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog.