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Pre-Teaching Elementary PTEL

Degree Type: Associate in Arts

College(s): Education and Human Services

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
Communication Competence (9 credit hours required)
ENGL 150 English 1 3
ENGL 250 English 2 3
*COMM Inter. Comm. (COMM 105) or Fund. of Public Speaking (COMM 121) 3
Scientific Understanding (7-8 credit hours required)
BIOL 103 Biological Concepts 4
PHSC 110 Inquiry into the Earth System 4
PHSC 115 Inquiry into Physical Science 4
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)
HIST 121 US History to 1877 3
HIST 122 US History - 1877 to Present 3
LITR 326 Children's Literature 3
Social Awareness (9 credit hours required)
ECON 222 Principles of Microeconomics 3
GEOG 100 Geography of World Regions 3
PLSC 121 Amer Gov 1-People and Politics 3
Professional Education (9 credit hours required)
EDUC 289 Principles Teaching - Learning 3
EDUC 251 Life Span Human Growth - Devel 3
EDUC 101 Intro to the Professn of Teach 1
Related Requirements (19 credit hours required. See advisor before selecting classes)
LITR 380 World Folk Literature 3
MATH 218 Math for Elementary Teachers 1 3
MATH 219 Math for Elementary Teachers 2 3
No grade below a "C"

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.

Professional 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.

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.

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College of Education & Human Services
Bishop Hall Room 601
Ferris State University
1349 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2737
Telephone: (231) 591-3646

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