- Major Courses and General Education Courses
- Admission and Transfer Requirements
- Graduation Requirements
Why Choose Elementary Education? - Program Spotlight
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 600 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 600 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
Every student will graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to begin an elementary teaching career.
Teacher Certification Requirements
As required by the State of Michigan to receive teacher certification, all teacher candidates must: (1) meet the MDE (CAEP) cohort requirements, (2) pass the pedagogy tests in their subject area majors, and (3) have a 2.75 minimum GPA to receive teacher certification in Michigan. These state requirements are in addition to the FSU graduation requirements of your individual program.
School of Education
Bishop Hall Room 421
Ferris State University
1349 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2737
Telephone: (231) 591-5361