Academic Programs Catalog

College of Education

Department of Teacher Education

Undergraduate Program
Education

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in education.

    The completion of Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities 208, 209, 241A, 241C, 241D, 241E, or 241F referenced in item 2. b. (7) below may also satisfy the University’s elective requirement in Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities.

    Students who are admitted to the Elementary Teacher Certification Program and who choose to complete the requirements for the Integrated Science Teaching Major may complete an alternate track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that consists of Biological Science 161 and 171 and Chemistry 141, all of which are required courses in the Integrated Science Teaching Major.

    The completion of Mathematics 201 referenced in item 2. b. (1) below may also satisfy the University Mathematics requirement.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Education major is met by completing Teacher Education 301 and 404. Those courses are referenced in item 2. a. (1) below.
  2. The following requirements for the major:
    a. Professional Education Courses (21 credits):
    (1) All of the following courses (21 credits):
    TE 150 Reflections on Learning 3
    TE 250 Human Diversity, Power, and Opportunity in Social Institutions 3
    TE 301 Literacy, Learners, and Learning in Context - Elementary (W) 3
    TE 403 Teaching of Science to Diverse Learners - Elementary 3
    TE 404 Teaching of Social Studies to Diverse Learners - Elementary 3
    TE 405 Teaching of Language and Literacy to Diverse Learners - Elementary 3
    TE 406 Teaching of Mathematics to Diverse Learners - Elementary 3
    b. Planned Program for Elementary Education (20 to 30 credits):
    (1) Both of the following mathematics courses (6 credits):
    MTH 201 Elementary Mathematics for Teachers I 3
    MTH 202 Elementary Mathematics for Teachers II 3

    The completion of Mathematics 201 may also satisfy the university mathematics requirements. These courses are required for the Elementary Mathematics Teaching Major in which case 0 credits count toward the Planned Program. Mathematics 201 and 202 are a prerequisite for Teacher Education 406 and must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.0 prior to enrollment in Teacher Education 406.

    (2) The following course in children’s literature (3 credits):
    TE 348 Reading and Responding to Children’s Literature 3

    This course is required for the Language Arts Teaching Major in which case 0 credits count toward the Planned Program. Teacher Education 348 is a prerequisite for Teacher Education 405 and must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.0 prior to enrollment in Teacher Education 405.

    (3) One of  the following language acquisition and development courses (3 or 4 credits):
    CSD 333 Oral Language Development 3
    ENG 302 Introduction to English Language Studies 3
    LIN 200 Introduction to Language 3

    Language Arts Elementary Teaching Majors may count one of the above courses toward the major, in which case 0 credits count toward the Planned Program.

    (4) The following science in elementary schools course (3 credits):
    ISE 301 Science for Elementary Schools 3
    This course is waived for students pursuing the Integrated Science Teaching Major. Integrated Science Education 301 is a prerequisite for Teacher Education 403 and must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.0 prior to enrollment in Teacher Education 403.
    (5) The following U.S. history course (4 credits):
    HST 202 U.S. History to 1876 4

    This course is required for the Social Studies Teaching Major in which case 0 credits count toward the Planned Program.

    (6) The following geography course (3 credits):
    GEO 204 World Regional Geography 3

    This course is required for the Social Studies Teaching Major in which case 0 credits count toward the Planned Program.

    (7) One of the following arts courses (4 credits):
    IAH 208 Music and Culture (I) 4
    IAH 209 Art, the Visual, and Culture (D) 4
    IAH 241A Creative Arts and Humanities: Music and Society in the Modern World (D) 4
    IAH 241C Creative Arts and Humanities: Cultural and Artistic Traditions of Europe (I) 4
    IAH 241D Creative Arts and Humanities: Theater and Society in the West (I) 4
    IAH 241E Creative Arts and Humanities: The Creative Process (D) 4
    IAH 241F Creative Arts and Humanities: Traditions in World Art (I) 4

    Students may use Integrative Arts and Humanities 208 or 209 to satisfy the IAH “A” component and Integrative Arts and Humanities 241A, 241C, 241D, 241E or 241F to satisfy the IAH “B” component of the University’s Integrative Studies requirement in Arts and Humanities. (4 credits may count toward both the Planned Program and the University’s Integrative Studies requirement in Arts and Humanities).

    (8) One of the following creative arts courses (3 credits):
    MUS 463 Methods and Materials of Elementary Music 3
    TE 430 Introduction to Arts in the Classroom 3
    TE 431 Learning Through Drama 3
    TE 432 Learning Through Movement 3
    THR 421 Creative Dramatics 3
    THR 422 Children's Theatre 3
    Language Arts Teaching Majors may apply one of these courses to the Language Arts requirements, in which case 0 credits count toward the Planned Program.
    (9) The following health and physical education course (3 credits):
    KIN 355 Physical Activity and Health Education for Elementary Teachers 3
    c. Subject Matter Teaching Preparation (36 to 58 credits)

    Teaching Major. Four teaching majors (language arts, social studies, integrated science, and mathematics) are available for prospective elementary school teachers. Elementary teacher candidates must choose one of the four teaching majors. These majors, which are housed in the College of Education, provide prospective elementary teachers with the opportunity to focus academic studies in a set of closely allied subject areas that are central to the core curriculum in elementary and middle schools. To enroll in one of these teaching majors, students must be admitted to the College of Education’s Elementary Teacher Certification Program.

    (a) Language Arts (36 to 46 credits)
    (b) Social Studies (49 credits)
    (c) Integrated Science (56 to 59 credits)
    (d) Mathematics (32 credits)

    For the four teaching majors, refer to the section “MSU Subject Matter Teaching Majors for Teacher Preparation and Certification”: (a) MSU Teaching Majors for Elementary Teacher Certification” in the section on TEACHER CERTIFICATION  below.

    Disciplinary Teaching Minors

    Students may elect to complete one or more optional disciplinary teaching minor(s), in addition to the required teaching major. The following disciplinary teaching minors are available for prospective elementary school teachers.

    Arabic 20
    Chinese 24
    Computer Science 22 or 23
    English 21 to 23
    French 21
    German 23
    History 23 to 26
    Japanese 24
    Mathematics-Elementary 20
    Russian 23
    Spanish-Elementary 24
    Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 20 to 25
    For requirements for the disciplinary teaching minors, refer to the section “Requirements for the Disciplinary Teaching Minors Listed Above” in the section on TEACHER CERTIFICATION below.

    One Disciplinary Major. Students wishing to complete one or more of the following optional disciplinary teaching majors, in addition to the required teaching major, should refer to Teacher Certification Options in the catalog sections for the colleges, departments, and schools that administer disciplinary majors that are available for teacher certification.

    College of Arts and Letters:
    Arabic
    Chinese
    French
    German
    Japanese
    Spanish
    College of Social Science:
    History Education