The Elementary Education program leads to a Michigan Elementary Provisional Teaching Certificate and has two options.
- Option 1 (Core Subject Option) leads to Elementary Certification for teaching all subjects in grades K-5; major and minor subjects in grades 6-8; and all subjects in grades K-8 in a self-contained classroom. Option 1 majors include: Integrated Science, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies. A student may also elect to pursue a Two-Minor Option including completion of two minors and the Planned Program.
- Option 2 (Comprehensive Major Option) leads to Elementary Certification for teaching all subjects in grades K-5; and all subjects in grades K-8 in a self-contained classroom. Option 2 includes a choice of a student-centered major in Special Education (Cognitive Impairment), minors in Bilingual-Bicultural Education, Early Childhood Education, English as a Second Language, and majors/minors in World Languages. A Special Education student will be certified to teach in grades K-12 in the major. A Bilingual-Bicultural Education student will be certified to teach in grades K-8 in the minor. An Early Childhood Education student will be certified to teach Pre-K-K in the minor. An English as a Second Language student will be certified to teach in grades K-8 in the minor. A World Languages student will be certified to teach in grades 6-8 in the major/minor. K-12 certification in World Languages is also available. NOTE: Special Education students should not follow this guide. See advisor for appropriate curriculum guide.
The program for Elementary Education consists of University General Education Requirements (Competency Requirements and Group Requirements), College Requirements (the Elementary Planned Program or Comprehensive Major), a teaching major or student-centered major or minor, and a sequence of professional education courses including semesters of pre-student teaching and student teaching. The policy of the College of Education is to provide field experiences in both an urban and a suburban setting.
Undergraduate students have the choice of pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Education or a Bachelor of Arts in Education. The distinction between the two depends upon the University’s Foreign Culture requirement. Students who complete a foreign language through the intermediate level will pursue the Bachelor of Arts degree. Students who elect to take a culture course in Foreign Culture will pursue the Bachelor of Science degree.
At the completion of the program, students:
Upon completion of all requirements, Wayne State University will recommend the student to the Michigan Department of Education for the Elementary Provisional Teaching Certificate.