Dec 09, 2023
A student selecting the Elementary Education Social Studies Comprehensive Major will earn a Bachelor of Science and be certified to teach children from Kindergarten-Fifth grade. They are also eligible to earn the State of Michigan RX endorsement. This indicates that the student has specialized expertise in Social Studies and qualifies the student to teach Social Studies in grades 6-8.
Students will study Geography, American and World History, Economics, and Political Science. They will also learn to plan and execute child-centered learning experiences for children in grades K-5.
Certified teachers with the RX endorsement can teach in Kindergarten-fifth grade classrooms and Social Studies classrooms in grades 6-8.
Successful completion of this course of study, in the context of other program requirements, qualifies the student for recommendation for the Michigan Elementary Standard Certificate. The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) covering this certification is Elementary Certification test #103. The endorsement test for Social Studies-Elementary is MTTC #105.
Initial Teacher Preparation Program Admission
In order to pursue the sequence of courses necessary to complete eligibility for a recommendation for certification, one must apply for and be admitted to the teacher preparation program. Admission requirements are common for all teacher preparation programs, except that certain special education programs have additional requirements.
Admission to the teacher preparation program is not automatic. Only those persons who have formally applied are considered for admission. Not all persons who apply become eligible for admission.
Teaching majors and minors are unofficial until program admission. Students pursuing teacher certification should follow the catalog that exists at the time of program admission. It is important that students apply to the teacher preparation program as soon as they have earned 56 credit hours.
Admission to Initial Teacher Preparation Program Candidacy
Students must meet all of the following requirements
- Completion of 56 credit hours
- Appropriate cumulative GPA. One of:
- An overall EMU GPA of 2.5 or higher based on a minimum of 12 credit hours taken at EMU. An EMU GPA of 2.5 or higher in your major, based on at least one course in your major. The Elementary Education Major is comprehensive, therefore, the elementary major GPA is based on the cumulative of liberal arts curriculum and content course work.
- Transferred 56 credits with a cumulative 3.0 GPA from all previous institutions.
- A grade of “C” or higher in the following courses (if taken): WRTG 121 , COMM 124 , MATH 108 , MATH 110E , PHY 100 , ESSC 202 , and all of the professional education courses.
- ICHAT criminal background check, and Statement of Civil/Criminal Convictions. If you answered yes to any of the civil/criminal conviction questions on the application, you will need to provide:
- A copy of the Judgment of Sentence, or Registrar of Actions, or Certification of Conviction.
- A written explanation of the offense(s). Application of students with civil/criminal convictions will be carefully reviewed and may take longer to process.
- Attendance at Group Advising Session required. Your major may require additional advising sessions.
Major Requirements: 75 hours
Liberal Arts Curriculum: 42 hours
Content Requirements: 33 hours
Professional Elementary Education Sequence: 56 hours
Pre-Admission Phase - The Learner and the Community: 14 hours
- CTAR 300 - Integrated Arts 3 hrs
- EDPS 322 - Human Development and Learning 4 hrs
- HLED 320 - Health Education in the Elementary Grades 2 hrs
- PHED 257 - Physical Education for the Classroom Teacher 2 hrs
- SPGN 251 - Introduction to Inclusion and Disabilities Studies in a Diverse Society [GEUS] 3 hrs
Phase I - Curriculum, Assessment, and the Social Context: 15 hours
Completion of the pre-admission phase is required, before taking the following courses. Admission to Initial Teacher Preparation Candidacy is required, before the first day of the semester to take CURR 304, EDPS 340, and PRCT 304L4.
- CURR 304 - Curriculum and Methods: Elementary 3 hrs
- EDPS 340 - Introduction to Assessment and Evaluation 3 hrs
- PRCT 304L4 - Practicum I: Elementary [GELB] 3 hrs
- RDNG 300 - Early Literacy 3 hrs
- SFCE 328W - Schools for a Diverse and Democratic Society [GEWI] 3 hrs
Phase II - Content, Methods, and Teaching: 18 hours
Completion of the previous phases is required, before taking the following courses.
- BIOT 303 - Life Science for Elementary Teachers 3 hrs
- CURR 308 - Integrated Elementary Social Studies Methods 3 hrs
or HIST 308 - Integrated Elementary Social Studies Methods 3 hrs
- LTEC 330 - Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age 3 hrs
- MATH 381 - Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School 3 hrs
- PRCT 310L4 - Practicum II: Elementary [GELB] 3 hrs
- RDNG 310 - Literacy Across the Curriculum in the Intermediate Grades 3 hrs
Phase III - Capstone Experience: 9 hours
Completion of the previous phases is required, before taking the following courses. This course requires a formal application to be submitted 7-8 months prior to the Student Teaching semester.
- EDUC 492L4 - Student Teaching [GELB] 9 hrs
This major does not require a minor.
Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.
Beginning in Fall 2022, all baccalaureate degree programs for all undergraduates (regardless of catalog year) will require a minimum of 120 credit hours for completion.
Critical Graduation Information
Each undergraduate student will be responsible for the fulfillment of the requirements or their equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration at a college or university or a subsequent catalog including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.
In the event an undergraduate student does not complete the degree requirements within seven years of the date of their original registration at a college or university, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their major/minor in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.
The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.
- Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement.
- Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
- Complete a Writing Intensive (GEWI) Course in your major.
- Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
- Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
- Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
- Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
- Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
- Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
- Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
- Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
- Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
- Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; individual departments/schools conduct the internal review of such courses within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education section of the catalog.
Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.