Academic Programs Catalog

College of Education

Department of Teacher Education

Requirements for the Teaching Majors

Language Arts Teaching Major for Elementary Teacher Certification (36 to 46 credits)

At least 36 credits with a  minimum of 17 to 18 credits taken at the 300-400 level.

1. Language, Literacy, and Culture (11 to 15 credits):
a. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
ENG 302 Introduction to English Language Studies 3
LIN 200 Introduction to Language 3
LIN 401 Introduction to Linguistics 4

One of these courses is also required for the Elementary Planned Program, but the credits will count toward Language Arts.

b. One of the following courses (3 credits):
ANP 420 Language and Culture 3
CSD 333 Oral Language Development 3
ENG 406 Topics in English LanguageStudies 3
LIN 424 Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology 3
LIN 434 Introduction to Syntax 3
LIN 437 Semantics and Pragmatics 3
LIN 450 Child Language Acquisition 3
LLT 346 Pedagogical English Grammar for English Teachers 3
PHL 360 Philosophy of Language 3

Communicative Sciences and Disorders 333 is required for special education majors.

c. Two of the following courses (6 to 8 credits):
COM 391 Topics in Verbal, Intercultural, or Gender Communication 4
IAH 231C Themes and Issues: Roles of Language in Society (D) 4
LIN 471 Sociolinguistics 3
LLT 307 Methods of Second and Foreign Language Teaching 3
LLT 361 Second and Foreign Language Learning 3
LLT 362 Child Second Language Learning 3
2. Writing, Rhetoric, and Design (6 to 8 credits):
a. One of the following courses (3 credits):
ENG 223 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing 3
ENG 226 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
ENG 228 Introduction to Fiction Writing 3
ENG 229 Introduction to Poetry Writing 3
ENG 232 Writing as Exploration 3
JRN 200 Writing and Reporting News I 3
TE 458 Reading, Writing, and Teaching Poetry 3
WRA 260 Rhetoric, Persuasion, and Culture 3
WRA 308 Invention in Writing 3
WRA 320 Technical Writing (W) 3
b. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
CEP 416 Teaching and Learning with Technology 3
JRN 310 Photojournalism 3
JRN 336 Designing for Print and Digital Media 3
JRN 409 Advising Student Publications 3 or 4
JRN 445 Images and Messages 3
JRN 491 Journalism Skills Topics 3
STA 110 Drawing I 3
STA 113 Color and Design 3
STA 114 Three-Dimensional Form 3
STA 371 Art, Education and Society 3
WRA 210 Introduction to Web Authoring 3
WRA 360 Visual Rhetoric 4
3. Text, Media, and Interpretation (12 to 16 credits)
Two courses must be at the 300-400 level:
a. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
ENG 126 Introduction to Literary Genres 4
ENG 129 Introduction to Reading Poetry 4
ENG 203 Genres and Themes 3
ENG 204 Topics in North American Literatures 3
ENG 205 Topics in British Literatures 3
ENG 206 Topics in Global Literatures 3
ENG 210 Foundations of Literary Study I 3
ENG 314 Readings in North American Literature 3
ENG 315 Readings in British Literatures 3
ENG 316 Readings in Irish Literature and Culture 3
b. One or two of the following courses (3 to 8 credits):
COM 275 Effects of Mass Communication 3
ENG 130 Film and Society 4
ENG 140 Literature and Society 4
ENG 142 Introduction to Popular Literary Genres 4
ENG 231 Film and Literature 4
ENG 342 Readings in Popular Literary Genres 3
ENG 478A Literature, Technology, and Representation 3
ENG 478B Literature and Visual Culture 3
FLM 230 Introduction to Film 3
FLM 355 Studies in Film Genres 3
FLM 380 Classical Film and Media Theory 3
JRN 108 The World of Media 3
WRA 260 Rhetoric, Persuasion, and Culture 3
WRA 415 Digital Rhetoric 3
c. One or two of the following courses (3 to 8 credits):
CLA 360 Ancient Novel in English Translation (W) 3
ENG 153 Introduction to Women Authors 4
ENG 218 Introduction to Shakespeare 3
ENG 318 Readings in Shakespeare 3
ENG 320A Methodologies of Literary History: Genre 4
ENG 320B Methodologies of Literary History: Region, School, or Movement 4
ENG 320C Methodologies of Literary History: Canon Formation 4
ENG 323 Readings in Non-Fiction 3
ENG 324 Readings in Epic 3
ENG 326 Readings in Drama and Performance Studies 3
ENG 328 Readings in Novel and Narrative 3
ENG 329 Readings in Poetry and Poetics 3
ENG 350 Readings in African, African-American, or African Diaspora Literature 3
ENG 351 Readings in Chicano and Latino Literatures  3
ENG 352 Readings in Asian or Asian American Literature 3
ENG 353 Readings in Women Writers 3
ENG 354 Readings in Native American Literature 3
ENG 355 Readings in Sexuality and Literature 3
ENG 356 Readings in Jewish Literature 3
RUS 231 19th-Century Russian Literature in Translation 3
RUS 232 20th-Century Russian Literature in Translation 3
TE 448 Issues of Diversity in Children’s and Adolescent Literature 3
4. Speech, Performance, and Communication (3 or 4 credits):
a. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
CEP 460 Communication Skill Training for the Helping Professional 3
COM 100 Human Communication 3
COM 225 An Introduction to Interpersonal Communication 3
COM 240 Introduction to Organizational Communication 4
TE 430 Introduction to Arts in the Classroom 3
TE 431 Learning Through Drama 3
TE 432 Learning Through Movement 3
THR 101 Acting I 3
THR 421 Creative Dramatics 3
THR 422 Children’s Theatre 3
5. Children's Literature (3 credits):
a. The following course (3 credits):
TE 348 Reading and Responding to Children's Literature 3

This course is also required for the Elementary Planned Program but the credits will count towards Language Arts.

6. Electives. Additional credits in courses in English, linguistics, language learning and teaching, communications, journalism, theatre, or writing, rhetoric, and American cultures as needed to satisfy the requirement of at least 36 credits in this teaching major.

Social Studies Teaching Major for Elementary Teacher Certification

The following requirements for the major (49 credits):
1. All of the following courses (46 credits):
EC 201 Introduction to Microeconomics 3
EC 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3
GEO 204 World Regional Geography 3
GEO 221 Introduction to Geographic Information 3
GEO 330 Geography of the United States and Canada 3
GEO 333 Geography of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region 3
HST 140 World History to 1500 4
HST 150 World History since 1500 4
HST 201 Historical Methods and Skills 3
HST 202 U.S. History to 1876 4
HST 203 U.S. History since 1876 4
HST 320 History of Michigan 3
PLS 100 Introduction to American Politics 3
PLS 140 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):
HST 310 African American History to 1876 3
HST 311 African American History since 1876 3
HST 312 African American Women 3
HST 313 Women in the United States to 1869 3
HST 314 Women in the United States since 1869 3
HST 327 History of Mexican Americans in the United States 3
HST 378 Native Americans in North American History to 1830 3
HST 379 Native Americans in North American History from 1830 3

Integrated Science Teaching Major For Elementary Teacher Certification (56 to 59 credits)

1. All of the following biology courses (17 credits):
BS  161 Cell and Molecular Biology 3
BS 162 Organismal and Population Biology 3
BS  171 Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 2
BS  172 Organismal and Population Biology Laboratory 2
IBO 355 Ecology 3
PSL 250 Introductory Physiology 4
Students may use Biological Science 161 and 171 to satisfy the Integrative Studies in Biological Sciences and laboratory components of the University’s Integrative Studies requirement 
2. All of the following chemistry courses (8 credits):
CEM  141 General Chemistry  4
CEM  142 General and Inorganic Chemistry  3
CEM  161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
Students may use 3 credits of Chemistry 141 to satisfy the Integrative Studies in Physical Sciences component of the University’s Integrative Studies requirement. 
3. All of the following earth science courses (10 credits):
AST 207 The Science of Astronomy 3
GEO 203 Introduction to Meteorology 3
GLG  201 The Dynamic Earth  4
4. One of the following mathematics courses (3 or 5 credits):
MTH  114 Trigonometry 3
MTH 116 College Algebra and Trigonometry 5
5. All of the following natural science courses (7 credits):
ISE 120 Seminar in Integrated Science for Elementary Schools 1
ISE 320 Integrated Science for Elementary Schools 3
ISE 420 Integrated Science Research 3
6. All of the following physics courses (8 credits):
PHY  231 Introductory Physics I  3
PHY  232 Introductory Physics II  3
PHY  251 Introductory Physics Laboratory I  1
PHY  252 Introductory Physics Laboratory II 1
7. One of the following statistics courses (3 or 4 credits):
STT 200 Statistical Methods 3
STT  201 Statistical Methods  4


Integrated Science, Secondary Education, Comprehensive Endorsement

A secondary education endorsement in Integrated Science is available for students in the undergraduate teaching certification program who are working on their initial certification. This endorsement must be completed in combination with either an approved science major or approved science minor at Michigan State University. When completed with a science major, the Integrated Science courses as a comprehensive teaching endorsement of 50 or more credits waives the requirement for a separate additional minor. Students interested in completing the Integrated Science secondary endorsement should contact an advisor in the College of Education, 134 Erickson Hall, for more information.

 

Mathematics Teaching Major for Elementary Teacher Certification

1. All of the following courses (28 credits):
MTH 132 Calculus I 3
MTH 133 Calculus II 4
MTH 201 Elementary Mathematics for Teachers I 3
MTH 202 Elementary Mathematics for Teachers II 3
MTH 301 Foundations of Higher Mathematics 3
MTH 304 Algebra for Elementary and Middle School Teachers 3
MTH 305 Functions and Calculus for Elementary and Middle School Teachers (W) 3
MTH 330 Higher Geometry 3
MTHE 430 History of Mathematics 3
For Elementary Mathematics Teaching Majors, Mathematics 201 and 202 will count for 0 credits in the planned program.
2. One of the following courses (4 credits):
STT 201 Statistical Methods 4
STT 250 Statistics and Probability for K-8 Teachers 4