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Elementary Education: Majors and Minors

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. When you have determined your major and/or minors, complete the Declaration form for Academic Services.
Major/minor combinations are limited to the following options:
Option 1: Choose one major or two minors from List A.
Option 2: Complete one minor from List B and one minor from List C.
Option 3: Complete a minor from List C in addition to one major or two minors from List A.

LIST A

Major and Minor Programs

Advisors

Departments

*Bilingual Spanish (minor only) M. Pyper Spanish
Chinese L. Herzberg Germanic and Asian Languages
*Early Childhood Education
(major only)
K. Sevensma
S. Verwys
Education
*English as a Second Language
(minor only)
E. VanderLei
M. Pyper

English
Spanish

French J. Vos-Camy French
German P. Dykstra-Pruim German
Integrated Science K. Bergwerff,
J. Jadrich
Science Education Studies
Language Arts Group

D. Hettinga

English
Mathematics J. Koop
G. Talsma
Mathematics
Social Studies (major only) R. Schoone-Jongen History
Spanish M. Pyper,
M. Rodriguez
Spanish
*Special Education: Cognitive Impairment (major only) D. Buursma
P. Stegink
Education
LIST B

Major and Minor Programs

Advisors

Departments

Chinese L. Herzberg Germanic and Asian Languages
*English as a Second Language E. VanderLei
M. Pyper

English
Spanish

French J. Vos-Camy French
German P. Dykstra-Pruim German
Spanish M. Pyper,
M. Rodriguez
Spanish
LIST C

Major and Minor Programs

Advisors

Departments

Communication Arts and Sciences (Speech) D. Freeberg CAS
Fine Arts Studies J. VanReeuwyk
D. Freeberg
P. Hash

Art
CAS
Music

Health Education D. Bakker Kinesiology
History D. Howard,
D. Miller
History
Physical Education (Kinesiology) B. Bolt Kinesiology

Bilingual Education, Early Childhood Education, ESL and Special Education are all endorsement programs that prepare students to teach in specialized classroom settings. Students need to meet with advisors from these programs as soon as possible in order to do efficient planning.

Planning Your Program

Certification

Find out what you are certified to teach with your major or minor.