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Elementary Education ELED

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science

College(s): Education and Human Services

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
Note: Students seeking admission to teacher education candidacy must meet all university requirements for admission to the specific program they wish to enter.
Professional Education Prerequisite Courses - Teacher Education Candidates
Level I Courses
EDUC 101 Intro to the Professn of Teach 1
EDUC 251 Life Span Human Growth - Devel 3
EDUC 289 Principles Teaching - Learning 3
Note: Prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program and Level II courses, students must pass all sections of the Basic Skills Test, complete all Professional Education Prerequisite courses with a minimum 2.5 GPA, with no grade lower than a C (2.0), have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and meet all other program requirements. Students may have no more than two repeats in Level I coursework.
Level II Courses
EDUC 303 School and Work and Society 3
EDUC 415 Teaching Special Needs 3
EDUC 413 Inst Plan-Delivery Elem Mid Sc 4
Note: must be completed before enrolling in any other 400-level education classes, except EDUC 420
Recommended co-requisite: LITR 326
EDUC 420 Tchg Reading Elem-Middle Sch 1 3
It is strongly recommended that EDUC 421, EDUC 431, EDUC 432 and EDUC 433 be taken concurrently
EDUC 421 Tchg Reading Elem-Middle Sch 2 3
Note: if taking EDUC 421, EDUC 431 and EDUC 432 in same semester, EDUC 433 must also be taken.
EDUC 431 Meth Tchg Lang Art-Soc Studies 3
EDUC 432 Meth Tchg Math-Sci Elem-Mid Sc 3
EDUC 435 Methods of Teaching Health/PE 3
Level III Courses
EDUC 499 Student Teaching 12
TOTAL 44
NOTE: A 2.75 GPA is required in your planned program minor and in the professional education course sequence, a 2.50 cumulative GPA is also required before directed and intern teaching, students must obtain the appropriate GPA for their major(s)/minor(s) as established by each department. *NOTE: ECHE minors will replace EDUC 251 with EDCD 110 and EDCD 111 in Level I. NOTE: Though faculty advisors are responsible for advising students regarding degree requirements, it is the student who is ultimately responsible for choosing the correct courses and for following the correct program.

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

  • Professional 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.

    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
    Bishop Hall Room 421
    Ferris State University
    1349 Cramer Circle
    Big Rapids, MI 49307-2737
    Phone: 231-591-5361


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