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  Sep 26, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Elementary Education Program (B.A.)


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SVSU is authorized by the State of Michigan to recommend students for initial certification at the elementary level, grades kindergarten through eighth. Students seeking elementary (K-8) teaching certification have two options to fulfill the requirements for a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Both options include the requirements of General Education, professional studies, and either:


Option 1: Elementary Education Major with Content Area Major and Planned Program -

A double major: Elementary Education and a content major chosen from either Integrated Science, Language Arts, Mathematics, or Social Studies with a Planned Program of additional content courses from the three remaining content areas. Depending upon the content area major chosen by the teacher candidate there will be a range in the total number of program credits earned for completion of Option 1.

Teacher candidates who select a content area major may add an endorsement on to the elementary teaching certificate in the selected major from:

Elementary Education (Option 1): Integrated Science Major , (41 credits required)

Elementary Education (Option 1): Language Arts Major , (36 credits required)

Elementary Education (Option 1): Mathematics Major , (35 credits required)

Elementary Education (Option 1): Social Studies Major  (40 credits required)

or

Option 2: Elementary Education Major and Comprehensive Content Area Major with Speciality Area -

A double major: Elementary Education and a

  (57 credits required) including courses in Integrated Science, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies with a Specialty Area:

Depending upon the specialty area chosen by the teacher candidate there will be a range in the total number of program credits earned for completion of Option 2. Teacher candidates who select a Specialty Area may add an endorsement on to the elementary teaching certificate in their chosen specialty area.

The professional studies courses in the Elementary Education Major include academic knowledge essential for professional competence in teaching and practical experiences in K - 8 classrooms and prepare elementary education majors to work effectively in a variety of educational settings. The Elementary Education Major consists of the following components:

  1. General Education requirements;
  2. Prerequisites for admission to the Elementary Teacher Education program ( )
  3. Pre-professional courses that are prerequisites to the first semester of professional studies;
  4. Option 1: Content Area Major
  • Elementary Education (Option 1): Integrated Science Major,
  • Elementary Education (Option 1): Language Arts Major,
  • Elementary Education (Option 1): Mathematics Major, or
  • Elementary Education (Option 1): Social Studies Major with Planned Program;

       OR

       Option 2: Comprehensive Content Area Major with Specialty Area;

  5.  Professional Studies

  6.  Take the College Basic Academic Subjects Examination (CBASE) prior to Student Teaching. Results will be used for program assessment and self-diagnostic purposes.

General Education Requirements


Required for Elementary Education Majors

* Note that ENGL 111  is a prerequisite for all courses in Category 1, Category 10 and all Communication Intensive (CI) courses.

Category 5


Three credits from:

Category 6


Three credits from:

Category 7


Three credits from:

Category 8


Three credits from:

Category 9


Three credits from:

Prerequisites for Admission to TEP (5 credits)


Preprofessional Courses (4 credits)


Professional Studies (51 credits)


Semester 1 (13 credits)


Required prerequisites for Semester 1:

Semester 2 (13 credits)


Required prerequisites for Semester 2:

Semester 3 (13 credits)


Required prerequisites for Semester 3:

Semester 4: Student Teaching (12 credits)


Required prerequisites for Semester 4:

  • successful completion of all required Professional Studies courses with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • at least a 2.75 in the required content courses for major(s) and minor(s)
  • approved application for Student Teaching
  • Note: No student may enroll for any additional credits beyond Student Teaching without written permission from the Dean of the College of Education

  • The following courses must be passed to be recommended for certification as a K-8 teacher:

  • TE 410 - Student Teaching Seminar K-8 2 cr
  • TE 420 - Student Teaching K-8 3-12 cr

Elementary Teacher Education Program Requirements


 

Grade Point Average Requirement


Students in the Department of Teacher Education will be required to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 in all professional studies courses, and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 in the required content courses for major(s) and minor(s) in order to student teach.

Students failing to maintain the required GPA in either case may be dismissed from the program, subject to an appeal. Information for an appeals process may be obtained from the dean’s office.

Seven Year Time Limit for Professional Studies Courses


All professional studies courses (credits and requirements) must be completed within seven (7) years prior to the date on which the degree is to be granted.

Student Teaching


TE 410  and TE 420  are graded on a pass/fail basis. Evaluations are made and kept on file in the College of Education Office. Application forms for student teaching can be obtained from the College of Education web site and must be returned to the Office of Clinical Experiences by the last working day of the month of November for the next year’s Fall Semester Student Teaching assignment, or by the last working day of the month of March for the next year’s Winter Semester Student Teaching assignment.

Student teaching and the seminar (TE 410 , TE 420 ) constitute a full course load. No student may enroll for any additional credits without written permission from the Office of Clinical Experiences. Student teaching normally involves 14 weeks of full-time teaching in an area school. Assignments are made by the Office of Clinical Experiences.

Student teaching assignments are routinely made only for fall and winter semesters.

Note: It is particularly important that students placed in student teaching assignments for a given semester immediately notify the Office of Clinical Experiences when they are not able to fulfill their placement obligation. When a student drops student teaching without approval of the Office of Clinical Experiences, he/she will not be given a student teaching assignment during the following semester. When this student reapplies, he/she may be asked to appear for a formal hearing of the Department of Teacher Education.

Department Information


Teacher Education: Elementary, Early Childhood, Special Education and Educational Technology & Development

Department Chair: Anne Tapp 

Email: artapp@svsu.edu

Website: http://svsu.edu/collegeofeducation/departments/teachereducationteetd

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