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Elementary Education

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Education and Human Services

Why Choose Elementary Education?

The School of Education offers an exemplary program in Elementary Education designed to provide a balanced blend of theory and practice. Throughout the program students will complete at least 570 hours in a variety of hands-on, field-based experiences in the K-8 classroom. Our class sizes of 20-25 students guarantee that all students receive the attention they deserve. A background in state-of-the-art educational technology prepares students to integrate computer technology into instruction.

The Elementary Education Program requires the completion of two elementary education minors or one elementary education teaching major in addition to a planned program minor, giving students a broad academic base in language arts, math, social studies and science. Students also receive an excellent foundation in physical education and the fine arts. The professional education courses include field-based experiences supervised by instructional teams comprised of teacher educators, professors from the content area disciplines, and expert K-8 teachers.

Points of Pride

  • Fully integrated methods courses
  • An emphasis on academic content
  • A breadth of offerings for elementary educators
  • Over 570 hours in teaching field experiences
  • Technology applications across all program aspects
  • Focus on classroom and hands-on application
  • Small class sizes
  • Individual attention
  • Semester-by-semester advising
  • 'Best-Practices' research-based curriculum
  • Collaborative/Team teaching with K-12 educators

  • Career Opportunities

    Every student will graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to begin an elementary teaching career.

    Admission Requirements

    Students seeking admission to teacher education programs must have taken the ACT exam and have a 2.00 overall GPA. Students transferring into the program with completed majors or minors must have the appropriate GPA as established by each department.

    General Education Requirements

    All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-bachelor.pdf

    Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

    Teacher Certification Requirements

    As required by the State of Michigan to receive teacher certification, all teacher candidates must: (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.

    Graduation Requirements

    Students interested in pursuing Elementary Education certification will complete approximately 47 credit hours in the professional education sequence, 20-37 credit hours in the planned program, and approximately 44 credit hours in two academic minors of choice. Consult individual program description for other graduation 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

    GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

    THE FOLLOWING ARE THE REQUIRED GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES NEED BY ALL ELEMENTARY EDUCATION MAJORS.
    English 1
    3
    English 2
    3
    Interpersonal Communication
    3
    OR
    Array
    Fundamentals-Public Speaking
    3
    Advanced Composition
    3
    THE REMAINING ELEMENTARY DEGREE WILL CONSIST OF TWO ELEMENTARY MINORS, AND A PLANNED PROGRAM MINOR.

    PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSES

    LEVEL I
    Intro to the Professn of Teach
    1
    Life Span Human Growth - Devel
    3
    Principles Teaching - Learning
    3
    Array

    PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSES

    LEVEL II AN APPLICATION AND TAKING THE PROFESSIONAL READINESS EXAM IS REQUIRED TO ENTER LEVEL II COURSES
    School and Work and Society
    3
    Inst Plan-Delivery Elem Mid Sc
    4
    Teaching Special Needs
    3
    Tchg Reading Elem-Middle Sch 1
    3
    Tchg Reading Elem-Middle Sch 2
    3
    Meth Tchg Lang Art-Soc Studies
    3
    Meth Tchg Math-Sci Elem-Mid Sc
    3
    Methods of Teaching Health/PE
    3
    THE PROFESSIONAL READINESS EXAM MUST BE PASSED IN ORDER TO ENTER EDUC 421, EDUC 431, EDUC 432, EDUC 435

    PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSES

    LEVEL III THE MICHIGAN TEST FOR TEACHER CERTIFICATION TEST NUMBER 103 MUST BE PASSED TO ENTER LEVEL III COURSES
    Student Teaching
    12

    A 2.75 GPA IS REQUIRED IN THE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSE SEQUENCE. NO GRADE LESS THAN A "C".