Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog [Current Academic Year] 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog [Current Academic Year]

Teaching and Learning (with Secondary Certification) [BS]

Location(s): In-person/hybrid

Revised Program [Fall 2024]

A Bachelor of Science in Teaching and Learning (with Secondary Certification) empowers graduates to develop and engage in learning environments informed by knowledge of the learner, pedagogically sound practices, and a strong commitment to the students and the communities where they will teach. The program includes multiple opportunities to work in classrooms to develop a graduate’s ability to contribute to the community and school.

Transfer Agreements   

Department Information

Teacher Education 313 Porter, 734.487.3260 

Wendy Burke, PhD, Department Head

Advisor Information

College of Education Advising Center | Make an appointment, 206 Porter, 734.487.3415 

Teacher Certification

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 Standard Certificate endorsed in 5th-9th grade, 7th-12th grade, or both, in the area of the candidate’s co-requisite, required Secondary Education major. In addition, this program of study meets all requirements of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Continuance Criteria

Continuation past the checkpoints for the teacher preparation program is not automatic. Students must apply to pass a checkpoint. 

Checkpoint 1
Students can complete the Checkpoint 1 application after completing 45 program credits with a C or higher in each course. Passing through Checkpoint 1 is required before CURR 332 and RDNG 315.

Students must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Completion of 45 credit hours
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 with a minimum of 12 hours completed at EMU or a cumulative GPA of 3.0 with at least 45 transfer credits.
  • Completion of EDU 101  with a “C” or higher grade.
  • A grade of “C” or higher in all classes taken in the Teaching and Learning (with Secondary Certification) major.
  • ICHAT criminal background check. Additional documentation may be required.
  • Statement of Civil/Criminal Convictions. Additional documentation may be required.
  • Completion of a Canvas advising workshop called “COE - Teacher Preparation Checkpoints.” 
  • Acknowledgment of having read the Michigan Code of Educational Ethics [PDF]

Checkpoint 2 - Student Teaching Application
The following is required before registering for student teaching. Students will apply for student teaching by the deadline for the semester in which they will have met all requirements.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester student teaching: January 15
  • Winter semester student teaching: June 15

Students must meet all of the following requirements before the beginning of their student teaching semester:

  • Proof of 200 hours of Pre-Student Teaching (a minimum of 70 apprenticeship hours in each area of endorsement)
  • Evaluation of Professional Dispositions: The candidate must have ratings of Acceptable or higher on every element. Failure to meet this requirement will require additional consideration. 
  • Completion of all Teaching and Learning Major course with a C or higher.
  • An overall EMU cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Content major GPA of 2.5
  • ICHAT criminal background check and Statement of Civil/Criminal Convictions. Application of students with civil/criminal convictions will be carefully reviewed and may take longer to process. If a student answered yes to any of the civil/criminal conviction questions on the application, they must provide the following:
    • A copy of the Judgment of Sentence, Registrar of Actions, or Certification of Conviction.
    • A written explanation of the offense(s).
  • Meeting academic, ethical, social, and emotional requirements. 

Checkpoint 3 - Successful completion of student teaching

Students must meet all the following requirements. 

  • Successful completion of 14 weeks of student teaching.
  • Completion of all required courses in Teaching and Learning (with Secondary Certification) with a C or higher and additional graduation requirements.
  • Successful evaluation by cooperating teacher.
  • Successful evaluation by student teaching supervisor.
  • Completion of MDE “completer survey.”
  • Successful completion of edTPA (locally evaluated).
  • Meeting academic, ethical, social, and emotional requirements

Double Major Requirement

Students are required to pair this major with one of the following Secondary Education majors:

Note - Students pursuing the Business, Management, Marketing, and Technology or Engineering and Technology Workforce are not required to complete CURR 332 LTEC 240 , or LTEC 335 . Eligible students must ask the Teacher Education Department to submit a waiver form for these classes.

Major Requirements: 46 Hours

Students are required to pair this major with one of the secondary education majors. All courses require a grade of “C” or higher. Students who receive a grade lower than a “C” must retake the course.

Phase II - Developing Teacher as Inquirer: 15 hours

Completion of Phase I is recommended before Phase II.

In addition to the courses below, students must enroll in a secondary curriculum methods lab in their content major as a corequisite of CURR 332 . Alternatively, students will enroll in EDU 202  if their content major does not require a secondary curriculum methods lab. If unsure which course to take, students should contact their advisor.

Phase III - Applying Teacher as Professional Practitioner & Collaborator: 5 hours

Students should finish the preceding phases before enrolling in the courses in this phase.

Students must enroll in a secondary reading methods lab in their content major as a corequisite of RDNG 315. Alternatively, students will enroll in EDU 302  if their content major does not require a secondary reading methods lab. If unsure which course to take, students should contact their advisor.

The final methods class in the content major should be taken during this phase.

Phase III - Professional Capstone Experience: 12 hours

Before beginning student teaching, completion of prior phases and 200 pre-student teaching hours are required. This phase requires submission of a formal application 7-8 months before starting the Student Teaching semester. 

The faculty recommends students complete LTEC 476 Essentials of Online Teaching  in addition to the required coursework, but it is optional.

Minor Requirement:

This major does not require a minor. However, students must pair this major with a secondary education major.

Program Total:

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.