Plan of Work

Level 1 Requirements (K-8 Certification)

The following courses and course options are required of all students seeking K-8 certification, regardless of selection of major and minor studies. The courses listed include General Education requirements and courses for the required Planned Elementary Minor. Some of these courses may also satisfy the University General Education Requirements and requirements in the major and minor, but the dual application of any course to both College and University General Education categories cannot be used to reduce the total degree requirement below 124 credits. No grade below 'C' may be used to meet requirements specific to elementary education, the major, the minor (including the planned minor), or professional education courses; a grade of 'C-minus' is not acceptable.

General Education Requirements

  • American Society and Institutions:
    • P S 1010 - (AI) American Government 4 Cr. Or P S 1030* - (AI) The American Governmental System 3 Cr.

Note: *Required for Social Studies Major

See the WSU General Education Requirements for:

  • Computer Literacy
  • Critical Thinking
  • Oral Communication
  • Foreign Culture
  • Historical Studies
  • Life Sciences (Elect two):
    • PSY 1010 - (LS) Introductory Psychology (Required) 4 Cr.
    • BIO 1030 - (LS) Biology Today 3 - 4 Cr. Or BIO 1050 - (LS) An Introduction to Life 3 - 4 Cr. Or BIO 1510 - (LS) Basic Life Diversity 4 Cr.
  • Mathematics Competency (see General Education Requirements, but students completing a secondary mathematics teaching major or minor will satisfy this requirement.)
  • Natural Science (Three courses required: PSY 1010; one Biology course -- see ¬†approved list; and one Physical Science course. One of these ¬†courses must include an approved laboratory.)
  • Philosophy and Letters
  • Physical Sciences (One Course)
  • Social Sciences - Basic (SS) (One course)
  • Visual Performing Arts
  • Written Communication (Two Courses)
    • Basic Composition (BC)
    • Intermediate Composition (IC)

Requirements for the College of Education

Children's Literature

  • ELE 3200 - Literature for Children 3 Cr.

Early Childhood Clinical Experience

All students enrolling in the Early Childhood program must have a Minor in Early Childhood.

  • TED 5780 - Directed Teaching and Conference 8 Cr.

Early Childhood Final Clinical Experience

  • ELE 6080* - Preprimary Goals and Practices 3 Cr.
  • TED 5790* - Student Teaching & Conference for Special Groups 5 Cr.

Note: *ELE 6080 and TED 5790 must be taken concurrently.

Clinical Courses (Off-Campus)

Courses listed below are taken in public schools in the Detroit metropolitan area. They must be completed in the order given. All of the courses in the professional sequence must be completed before entering TED 5780.

  • ELE 3320 - Teaching Reading I: Emergent Literacy (Coreq: TED 3550) 3 Cr.
  • TED 3550 - (WI) Teaching: Research, Theory & Practice (Coreq: ELE 3320) 5 Cr.

Final Clinical Experience

  • TED 5780 - Directed Teaching and Conference 10 Cr.

Health

One Course

  • H E 3300 - Health of the School Child 3 Cr.
  • H E 6500 - Comprehensive School Health Education 3 Cr.
  • HEA 2310 - Dynamics of Personal Health 3 Cr.
  • HEA 2330 - First Aid and CPR 3 Cr.

Level 2 Courses

  • BBE 5000 - (CD) Multicultural Education in Urban America 3 Cr.
  • EDP 3310 - (CD) Educational Psychology 3 Cr.
  • ELE 3300 - Teaching Language Arts: Preprimary-9 3 Cr.
  • ELE 3400 - Teaching Mathematics: Preprimary-9 3 Cr.
  • ELE 3500 - Teaching Science: Preprimary-9 3 Cr.
  • ELE 3600 - Teaching Social Studies: Preprimary-9 3 Cr.
  • ELE 6070 - Family, Community, and School Partnerships 3 Cr.
  • RLL 4430 - Teaching Reading II: Comprehension Preprimary 8 (Prereq: ELE 3320) 3 Cr.
  • SED 5010 - Inclusive Teaching 3 Cr.
  • TED 6020 - Computer Applications in Teaching I 3 Cr.

Recommended Optional Course

  • TED 2250 - Becoming an Urban Educator 3 Cr.

Social Studies

Three Courses in addition to General Education requirement cited above.

Elementary Mathematics Teaching Major

Minimum Credit Hours: 32

  • MAE 5100 - (MAT 5180) Geometry for Middle School Teachers 3 Cr.
  • MAE 5110 - Number Theory for Middle School Teachers 3 Cr.
  • MAE 5120 - (MAT 5120) Abstract Algebra for Middle School Teachers 3 Cr.
  • MAE 5130 - Problem Solving for Middle School Teachers 3 Cr.
  • MAT 1110 - Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I
  • MAT 1120 - Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II
  • MAT 1800 - Elementary Functions 4 Cr.
  • MAT 2010 - Calculus I 4 Cr.
  • MAT 2860 - Discrete Mathematics 3 Cr.
  • STA 1020 - Elementary Statistics 3 Cr. Or MAT 2210 - Probability and Statistics for Teachers 4 Cr.

Elementary Mathematics Teaching Major

Minimum Credit Hours: 23

  • MAE 5100 - Geometry for Middle School Teachers I 3 Cr.
  • MAE 5110 - (MAT 5190) Number Theory for Middle School Teachers 3 Cr.
  • MAE 5120 - Abstract Algebra for Middle School Teachers 3 Cr.
  • MAT 1110 - Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I 3 Cr.
  • MAT 1120 - Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II 3 Cr.
  • MAT 1800 - Elementary Functions 4 Cr.