Academic Programs Catalog

College of Education

Department of Teacher Education

MSU Subject Matter Teaching Majors and Minors for Teacher Preparation and Certification

Michigan State University offers three options for subject matter teacher preparation and certification.

MSU Teaching Majors for Elementary Teacher Certification

The State of Michigan requires a minimum of 36 semester credits for a group (multiple subject) teaching major and a minimum of 30 semester credits for a single subject teaching major for elementary teacher certification. Four teaching majors are available for prospective elementary school teachers:

Group (multiple subject) teaching majors
    Language Arts
    Social Studies
    Integrated Science

Single subject teaching major
    Mathematics

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 and that are aligned with Michigan Department of Education standards.  To enroll in one of these teaching majors, students must be admitted to the Elementary Teacher Certification Program in the College of Education.  The specific course requirements for each of the teaching majors are listed below.

Students in the special education major are recommended for elementary teaching certification and K-12 for their special education endorsement area.

MSU Disciplinary Majors for Elementary and Secondary Teacher Certification

The State of Michigan requires a minimum of 30 semester credits for a single–subject disciplinary teaching major, a minimum of 36 semester credits for a group disciplinary teaching major, and a minimum of 50 semester credits for  a comprehensive teaching major. If the minimum number of credits required for teacher certification is not required in the student’s disciplinary major, the student must complete additional credits as necessary for teacher certification. Comprehensive majors are not required to have a separate disciplinary minor.

All of the disciplinary majors are undergraduate majors.

Students in the art education, communicative sciences and disorders, and music education majors are recommended only for secondary teacher certification: K-12 endorsed subject area.

Below, the disciplinary majors that are available for teacher certification are identified, along with the colleges that administer them. Group disciplinary majors and comprehensive majors are also identified, and other information is provided.

Some of the disciplinary majors lead to the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree. Either degree is appropriate for teacher certification.  The student should refer to the relevant college section for additional information about a given major.

MSU Disciplinary Teaching Minors for Elementary and Secondary Teacher Certification

The State of Michigan requires a minimum of 20 semester credits for a single–subject disciplinary teaching minor, and a minimum of 24 semester credits for a group subject disciplinary teaching minor, for elementary or secondary teacher certification. Below, the disciplinary teaching minors that are available for teacher certification are identified, and other information is provided.