Lake Superior State University

Elementary Teaching: Bachelor of Arts/Science

Program Description


The program is highlighted by in-depth study in a subject major (or dual minors for some elementary candidates), extended teaching communities of diverse learners and scholarly inquiry.

While working toward completion of a major, students take the first two teacher education courses and then apply for formal admission to the program during their sophomore year.

Details of current teaching certificates, program requirements, policies and procedures are available via the School website: http://lssu.edu/education

Elementary Teaching

Candidates for Michigan Teacher certification must complete an approved program including preparation to teach the subjects identified in the Michigan Curriculum Framework. These subjects include Language Arts, Mathematics, Natural Science, and Social Studies.

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

Note: All program completers meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act and are considered “Highly Qualified” in the areas indicated on their Michigan teaching certificates.

Program Completer

The Michigan Department of Education identifies a “program completer” as one who has accomplished both (a) all institutional academic and other requirements such as to establish eligibility for recommendation for certification and (b) taken/passed the minimum number of state certification tests for the field of teaching desired.

Option I: A bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree in an approved major.

  1. One academic major from the following list
  2. All courses in the Elementary Planned Program where that course content is not otherwise included in the major or minor
  3. Child and Adolescent Development (PSYC 265) (EDUC 150 meets prerequisite)
  4. Professional Education requirements and cognates
  5. General education requirements not met through the planned program
  6. Prior to the student teaching internship students must receive a passing score on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification-Elementary Education.

All academic majors and minors used for teacher certification undergo periodic review, evaluation and alignment with state standards. Since program approval and renewal cycles vary, individuals should contact the School of Education and/or the academic department to confirm the availability of each major or minor.

Major: See requirements in this catalog for each teaching option major.

  1. English Language and Literature
  2. French Studies
  3. Integrated Science
  4. Mathematics
  5. Social Studies
  6. Spanish

All individuals placed into the student teaching internship MUST meet ALL of the following criteria prior to placement in a K-12 classroom:

  1. Completion of all required EDUC courses with a grade of B- (2.70) or higher.
  2. Completion of all required courses in the education cognates, teaching major and/or teaching minor(s) with a GPA of 2.70 or higher and no grade below a C (2.0).
  3. Completion of elementary planned program requirements with GPA of 2.70 or higher and no grade below a C (2.0) - elementary candidates only.
  4. A candidate rating of 1, 2 or 3 on LSSU Form F365 the Pre-Internship Exit Interview.

Option II: A bachelor of science degree in elementary education.

  1. Two approved minors in fields outside education.*
  2. All courses in the Elementary Planned Program where that course content is not otherwise included in the minors.
    1. Language Arts
    2. b. Mathematics
    3. c. Natural Science
    4. d. Social Studies
  3. Child and Adolescent Psychology (PSYC 265) (EDUC 150 meets prerequisite)
  4. Professional Education requirements and cognates
  5. General education requirements not met through planned program
  6. Prior to the internship year the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification Elementary Education Test and any subject area tests need to be satisfactorily completed.

All academic majors and minors used for teacher certification undergo periodic review, evaluation and alignment with state standards. Since program approval and renewal cycles vary, individuals should contact the School of Education and/or the academic department to confirm the availability of each major or minor.

Minors: See requirements in this catalog for each minor***

  1. Early Childhood Education**
  2. English
  3. French Language and Literature
  4. Integrated Science
  5. Mathematics
  6. Social Studies
  7. Spanish Language and Literature

Planned Program for Elementary Teachers

Depending upon which option is selected, students take all courses in the Elementary Planned Program where that course content is not otherwise included in the major or minor.

*Note: Students are advised to carefully consider the selection of major and minors to optimize the overlap of content between the major/minors and the requirements of the Elementary Planned Program. Credits used to obtain one major/minor cannot be used to obtain another major/minor, certain restrictions apply.

**Early Childhood Education may only be used as a third/additional minor leading to the ZA teaching endorsement. Early Childhood Education may not be one of the two academic minor used to qualify for initial certification.

***The Michigan Department of Education was about to issue new standards for the preparation of elementary teachers at the time this catalog was being finalized. Check with the school office, or our website, for current information about available programs. http://lssu.edu/education



Degree Requirements


Language Arts:

  • ENGL110 First-Year Composition I 3
  • ENGL111 First-Year Composition II 3
  • ENGL222 English Grammar 3
  • ENGL335 Children’s Literature in the Classroom 3

Choose one literature class from the following:

  • ENGL180 Introduction to Literary Studies 3
  • ENGL235 Survey of Native Literature of North America 3
  • ENGL236 Literature and Culture 3

Mathematics:

  • MATH103 Number Systems & Problem Solving 4
  • MATH104 Geometry & Measurement 4
  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods (or equivalent) 3

Natural Sciences:

Social Studies:

All Students:

  • PSYC265 Child and Adolescent Psychology 3
  • EDUC330 Reading in the Elementary Classroom 3

Professional Education Requirements 41

  • EDUC150 Reflections on Learning and Teaching 3
  • EDUC250 Student Diversity & Schools 3
  • EDUC301 Learning Theory and Teaching Practice 4
  • EDUC330 Reading in the Elementary Classroom 3
  • EDUC410 Corrective Reading in the Classroom 3
  • EDUC411 Elementary Language Arts and Methods Across the Curriculum 3
  • 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
  • EDUC480 Internship in Teaching: Seminar 1
  • EDUC492 Internship/Advanced Methods: (subject) 8
  • EDUC602 Reflection and Inquiry in Teaching Practice I 3
    or
  • EDUC605 Integrated Approached in Curricular Design and Implementation 3

Education Cognates 4

  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3
  • One credit from courses in ARTS, DANC, MUSC, THEA, or NATV240 1

Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.