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Grand Valley State University    
 
    
 
  Oct 18, 2017
 
2013-2014 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching Major - Program Description


For additional information about opportunities your college offers, please refer to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences  section in this catalog.

Coordinator: Smith

Website: www.gvsu.edu/coe/undergraduate

The comprehensive science and arts for teaching (CSAT) major is designed for students seeking certification to teach in specialized areas at the elementary and/or middle school levels. It provides a solid foundation in subject-matter knowledge and pedagogical approaches across all content areas -fine arts, health and physical education, integrated science, language arts, mathematics, and social studies- taught at these levels. Students complete several field experiences in classrooms, as well as learning to plan instruction and assessments and to understand and work with diverse populations, including extraordinary-needs learners.

Career Opportunities

The comprehensive science and arts for teaching major provides graduates with further opportunities to apply their breadth of knowledge, problem solving, and critical thinking skills in a future career. Currently, students enrolled in the program typically combine it with the special education major in the College of Education in order to earn elementary teacher certification with special education endorsements (see below).

Michigan elementary teacher certification with special education endorsements allows the holder to teach the special education endorsement areas in kindergarten through twelfth grade. It also permits teaching any subject in kindergarten through fifth grade or any subject in kindergarten through eighth grade in self-contained classrooms.

Associated Programs

Special Education Program
Students seeking special education teaching certification complete the comprehensive science and arts for teaching (CSAT) major as well as a second major in special education through the College of Education, with two special education endorsements. These additional courses include the professional program, special education core, and endorsement requirements.

Successful completion of both the CSAT major and the special education major certifies the student to teach the special education endorsement areas in kindergarten through twelfth grade. It also permits teaching any subject in kindergarten through fifth grade or any subject in kindergarten through eighth grade in self-contained classrooms. Our graduates have a unique combination of skills and experiences that are highly valued.

 The following programs are available:

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching