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Pre-Teaching Elementary

Degree Type: Associate in Arts
College(s): College of Education and Human Services

Why Pre-Teaching Education?

Students who plan to major in a curriculum for elementary education may wish to prepare with the pre-teaching program, which includes fundamental education courses and individually broadening classes such as English, mathematics, music and social awareness.

During your freshman year in pre-teaching, you will take courses in English, speech, reading, history, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, behavioral sciences and other electives. As a sophomore, additional electives are needed, including government, literature, economics, sociology, psychology and other required general courses.

Students who plan to transfer into a B.S. degree program should be sure to select general education courses that satisfy the B.S. degree requirements. After discussion with the academic advisor from the appropriate curriculum, students can choose electives from a subject area.

Career Opportunities

The pre-teaching program allows students to begin the general education requirements common to all teaching degrees. The Ferris secondary pre-teaching program leads to an associate in arts degree and is for students who wish to major in a non-science curriculum. The Ferris elementary education emphasis is a guide to an associate in arts degree and typically involves transfer to another teaching degree for the third and fourth years.

Teacher Certification

If a pre-teaching student wishes to continue in teacher education to complete a teaching degree and obtain certification, the State of requires that all candidates: (1) pass the Professional Readiness Exam, (2) pass the pedagogy tests in their subject area majors and minors, and (3) have a 2.50 minimum GPA to receive teacher certification in Michigan. These state requirements are in addition to the FSU graduation requirements of your individual program.

Admission Requirements

High school students and transfer students with 29 credit hours or less must possess a high school grade point average of 2.25 (on a 4.0 scale) or an ACT composite score of 15. Transfer students with 30 credit hours or more must possess a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Students transferring into the program with completed majors or minors must have the appropriate GPA as established by each department. Consult individual program description for other admission requirements.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here:

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives:

Graduation Requirements

The pre-teaching education program leads to an Applied Associate degree through the School of Education, College of Education & Human Services. Graduates must complete all of FSU's general education, pre-teaching, and education requirements. Consult individual program description for other admission requirements.

More Information

College of Education & Human Services
School of Education
Bishop Hall Room 421
Ferris State University
1349 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2737
Telephone: (231) 591-5361

Required Courses
Credit Hours
Communciation Competence (9 credit hours required)
English 1
English 2
Interpersonal Communication
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
Scientific Understanding (7-8 credit hours required)
Biological Concepts
Inquiry into the Earth System
Inquiry into Physical Science
Quantitative Skills (Proficiency in MATH 115 or higher)
This requirement can be completed by ONE of the following options: (1) Pass MATH 115 or higher. (2) Pass course proficiency exam in MATH 115 or higher. (3) ACT Math subtest score of 24 or higher.
Cultural Enrichment (9 credit hours required)
US History to 1877
Michigan History
Children's Literature
Social Awareness (9 credit hours required)
Principles of Macroeconomics
Geography of World Regions
Amer Gov 1-People and Politics
Professional Education (9 credit hours required)
Principles Teaching - Learning
Life Span Human Growth - Devel
Intro to the Professn of Teach
Related Requirements (19 credit hours required, see advisor before selecting classes)
Math for Elementary Teachers 1
Math for Elementary Teachers 2
Inquiry into the Earth System
Inquiry into Physical Science
World Folk Literature
No grade below a C.
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