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Lake Superior State University

Elementary Education: Bachelor of Arts/Science

Program Description

The Elementary Education program is highlighted by in-depth study in a subject major, subject concentration, or student-focused concentration, extended field experience in elementary school settings; and focused development of the knowledge and skills critical for effective teachers.

Elementary-level teacher certification in Michigan permits individuals to teach in self-contained classrooms at grade K - 8, and in all subjects at grades K - 5. Individuals may also qualify to teach the subjects of their academic major or minors in grades 6 - 8.

Students begin their studies with a focus on general education requirements, and an academic major or specific concentration. They complete the initial professional education coursework in their sophomore year, and apply for formal admission to the program at the end of that year. By that time, they will have also passed the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification Professional Readiness Examination.

Upper level professional education coursework, along with the completion of the major or concentration, is the focus for the junior and senior years. Student teaching, a semester-long culminating experience, may be completed in the spring of the fourth year or fall of the fifth year, depending on the individual student's progress through the program. Generally, this student teaching experience will be in the Eastern Upper Peninsula or in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification Elementary Education tests must be passed prior to beginning student teaching.

Note: Candidates who pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification in their major or concentration meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act and are considered "highly qualified" for the subject areas of the endorsements shown on their Michigan teaching certificates.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Content Knowledge:  Candidates apply appropriate depth of knowledge to engage learners in mastering content.

Learner-centeredness: Candidates value the uniqueness of each individual through their commitment to learners and learner-centered processes.

Pedagogical Knowledge:  Candidates engage learners using a variety of instructional strategies and perspectives.

Professional dispositions: Candidates demonstrate professional dispositions, assuming the full role of the teacher.

Reflection: Candidates self-evaluate and reflect on feedback from others, including students, to continually improve their pedagogical practices.

Degree Requirements

The components of the Elementary Education Bachelor of Arts/Sciences are:

Teaching Concentration  - Students may complete one of the following options:

  • Academic Concentration: Major in either Language Arts or Mathematics (see requirements in this catalog for these teaching majors)

  • Language Arts and Mathematics Concentration (see requirements listed below)


  • Early Childhood Education Concentration (see requirements listed below)


Language Arts and Mathematics Concentration (25 credits)

  • ENGL221 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
  • ENGL231 American Literature I 3
  • ENGL232 American Literature II 3
  • ENGL320 Responding to Writing 3
  • THEA112 Acting for Beginners 3
  • MATH215 Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics 3
  • MATH321 History of Mathematics 3
  • MATH112 Calculus for Business & Life Sciences 4
  • MATH151 Calculus I 4

Early Childhood Education Concentration (28 credits)

  • CHLD150 Observation and Assessment 4
  • CHLD210 Infants and Toddlers 4
  • CHLD225 Emergent Literacy 3
  • CHLD245 Early Childhood Curriculum 3
  • CHLD270 Administration of Early Childhood Programs 2
  • CHLD310 Inclusion of Young Children with Special Needs in Early Childhood Settings 3
  • CHLD440 Family and Community Partnerships 3
  • CHLD480 Directed Teaching Seminar 1
  • CHLD492 Directed Teaching : Early Childhood 5

Elementary Planned Program (49 credits)

  • MATH103 Number Systems & Problem Solving 4
  • MATH104 Geometry & Measurement 4
  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3
  • BIOL104 Survey of General Biology 4
  • NSCI101 Great Lakes Region: Chem, Phy, and other Laws of Nature 4
  • NSCI102 Great Lakes Region: Geology and Resources 4
  • POLI110 American Government 4
  • GEOG201 World Regional Geography 4
  • HIST131 United States History I 4
  • HIST321 History of Michigan 2
  • ENGL180 Introduction to Literary Studies 3
  • ENGL222 English Grammar & Language in Context 3
  • ENGL335 Children’s Literature in the Classroom 3
  • CHLD225 Emergent Literacy 3

Professional Education Sequence (48 credits)

  • EDUC101 Self as Learner 1
  • EDUC250 Student Diversity & Schools 4
  • EDUC301 Learning Theory and Teaching Practice 3
  • EDUC330 Reading in the Elementary Classroom 3
  • EDUC350 Integrating Technology into 21st Learning Environments 3
  • EDSE301 Introduction to Special Education 3
  • EDUC410 Corrective Reading in the Classroom 3
  • EDUC411 Elementary Language Arts and Methods Across the Curriculum 2
  • EDUC415 General Instructional Methods 2
  • EDUC420 Math Methods for Elementary Teachers 2
  • EDUC421 Science Methods for Elementary Teachers 2
  • EDUC422 Social Studies Methods for Elementary Teachers 2
  • EDUC423 Arts Methods for Classroom Teachers 2
  • EDUC424 Health/Physical Education Methods for Classroom Teachers 2
  • EDUC460 Classroom Management 2
  • EDUC480 Directed Teaching Seminar 2
  • EDUC492 Directed Teaching 10

Formal admission to the Elementary Education program, qualification for student teaching, and successful completion of the program requires:

  • Completion of the Professional Education Sequence courses with a grade of B- (2.70) or higher.
  • Completion of all required courses in the teaching major or concentration with a GPA of 2.70 or higher and no grade below a C (2.00).
  • Completion of the elementary planned program with a GPA of 2.70 or higher and no grade below a C (2.00).
  • Completion of the General Education Core Requirements with a GPA of 2.00 or higher.
  • Passing scores on all required Michigan Test for Teacher Certification tests.

The Elementary Education program undergoes periodic review, evaluation, and alignment with the Michigan Department of Education standards. Since program approval and renewal cycles vary, individuals should contact the School of Education regularly to confirm the current requirements of each program component. Graduates must meet the standards that are in place at the time of completion of their programs, in order to be recommended to the Department of Education for teacher certification.

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

Bachelor of Arts degree (8 credits): One year of a modern language other than English.  If taken at LSSU, this would be CHIN151-CHIN152 or CHIN251-CHIN252; FREN151-FREN152 or FREN251-FREN252 or SPAN161-SPAN162. One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.70 or higher.  A gpa of 2.70 or higher is also required in your Major, and a gpa of 2.00 or higher is required in your General Education Requirements.

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