Mar 30, 2023
A Bachelor of Science in Teaching and Learning (with Secondary Certification) empowers graduates to develop and engage in learning environments that are informed by knowledge of the learner, pedagogically sound practices, and a strong commitment to the students and their communities where they will teach. The program includes multiple opportunities to work in classrooms in developing a graduate’s ability to contribute to the community and school.
Please see Community College Relations for a list of articulation agreements for this major.
Successful completion of this course of study, in the context of other program requirements, qualifies the student for the recommendation for the Michigan Department of Education Secondary Standard Certificate endorsed in the area of approved co-requisite required Secondary Education majors. This program of study meets all requirements of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
To pursue the sequence of courses necessary to complete eligibility for a recommendation for certification, one must apply for and be recommended for teacher preparation program continuation. Continuance requirements are standard for all teacher preparation programs.
Teacher preparation program continuation is not automatic. Only those persons who have formally applied are considered for continuation. Not all persons who apply become eligible for continuation.
Teaching majors and minors are unofficial until that student is recommended for continuation. Students pursuing teacher certification should follow the catalog that exists at the time they reach teacher preparation program candidacy. Students must apply to the teacher preparation program as soon as they have earned 56 credit hours.
Initial Teacher Preparation Program Candidacy Criteria
Students must meet all of the following requirements
- Completion of 56 credit hours
- Appropriate cumulative GPA demonstrated by satisfying one of the following options:
- Option #1 - 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.
- Option #2 - Transferred 56 credits with a cumulative 3.0 GPA from all previous institutions.
- If taken, a grade of “C” or higher is required in the following: WRTG 121 , COMM 124 , Quantitative Reasoning [GEQR] , and one lab science course.
- A grade of “C” or higher in all courses required for the major.
- 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 would need to provide:
- A copy of the Judgment of Sentence, 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. In addition, your major may require additional advising sessions.
Double Major Requirement
Students are required to pair this major with one of the following Secondary Education majors:
Major Requirements: 37 Hours
Students are required to pair this major with one of the secondary education majors. All courses must be completed with a grade of ”C” or higher. Students who earn below a “C” must repeat the course.
Pre-Admission Phase - The Learner and the Community: 7 hours
- EDPS 222 Human Development and Learning 4 hrs
- SPGN 251 Introduction to Inclusion and Disabilities Studies in a Diverse Society [GEUS] 3 hrs
Phase I - Curriculum, Assessment, and the Social Context: 12 hours
Completion of the pre-admission phase is required, before taking the following courses.
- CURR 305 Curriculum and Methods: Secondary 3 hrs See note
- EDPS 340 Assessment Concepts and Practices in Grades 6-12 3 hrs
- PRCT 305L4 Practicum I: Secondary [GELB] 3 hrs
- SFCE 328W Schools for a Diverse and Democratic Society [GEWI] 3 hrs
Phase II - Content, Methods, and Teaching: 9 hours
Completion of the previous phases is required, before taking the following courses.
- LTEC 330 Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age 3 hrs
- PRCT 311L4 Practicum II: Secondary [GELB] 3 hrs
- RDNG 311 Teaching Reading in the Secondary School 3 hrs
Phase III - Capstone Experience: 9 hours
Completion of the previous phases and 100 pre-student teaching hours 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
Note - Students pursuing this major and the Secondary Education Business, Management, Marketing, and Technology [BBE] are not required to complete CURR 305 and LTEC 330 . Applicable students must request a waiver for CURR 305 and LTEC 330.
This major does not require a minor. Students are required to pair this major with one of the secondary education majors.
Students must earn a minimum total of 120 credits at the 100-level or above.
Critical Graduation Information
Each undergraduate student will be responsible for fulfilling 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.
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 this catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.
- Earn a minimum total of 120 credit hours at the 100-level and above.
- Courses numbered below 100 are not counted toward this degree requirement.
- At most, eight credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses are counted toward this requirement.
- Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below), including completing a Writing Intensive (GEWI) course in the student’s 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. A double major automatically satisfies the need for a minor unless one of the two majors requires a specific minor. Students should check the 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 over the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 120 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 to calculate an EMU GPA.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses a student takes at EMU and those applied to their major or minor are used to calculate 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 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.