A degree in an elementary education program will prepare you to guide and partner with students in the learning process. You'll gain hands-on experience as you employ various teaching methods and network with area educators. In addition, faculty members will serve as mentor-scholars through your college years and beyond, equipping you with sound advice from their personal teaching experiences to put into practice as you undertake your new role.
Program Options Available for Elementary Education
Elementary education programs provide options to choose between focusing on in-depth development of a content subject area through a planned program major, preparing to teach lower elementary students through selection of a triple minor major, or serving a designated high need area in the state of Michigan.
Regardless of your major choice, you will graduate prepared to teach all subjects in a self-contained classroom.
- Planned Program Majors: These degree programs offer in-depth development of a content subject area.
- Triple Minor Majors: Preparation for Educating Lower Elementary Students (K-3)
- Integrated Science, Math, Planned Program
- Integrated Science, Reading, Planned Program
- Math, Reading, Planned Program
- Math, Language Arts, Planned Program
- Reading, Language Arts, Planned Program
- Language Arts, Integrated Science, Planned Program
- Specialty Majors and Minors: Serve a Designated High Need Area in Michigan
- Early Childhood Major
- Early Childhood Minor
- Learning Disabilities Major: K-12 Certification and content minor required (Language Arts or Math minor)
- Spanish Major
- Spanish Minor
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Minor
- School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
- Division: Teacher Education
- Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts
- Format: Residential
- Location: Grand Rapids
Elementary graduates are certified to teach all subjects K-5 and all subjects K-8 in self-contained classrooms.
Elementary graduates who pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) and have completed all required course work in their subject areas can be certified to teach in these endorsed subject areas for grades 6-8.
Prior to student teaching, you will participate in the Teacher Assistant Practicum, assisting a teacher in an elementary classroom and teaching a few group lessons. After all course work is complete, you will complete an Elementary Directed Teaching Practicum, a semester-long experience. Students in the Early Childhood, Learning Disabilities, and TESOL programs complete an additional internship.
Elementary education majors with a TESOL minor may qualify for advanced standing in our Master of Arts in TESOL program. This gives you the option to earn two degrees—a bachelor's degree and a master's degree—in as few as five years.
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Cornerstone graduates are influencers in their work, neighborhoods and world for Christ. You can find them building lives that matter in West Michigan and countries around the world.
Because of their broad knowledge base, major-specific skills and servant leadership qualities, they've contributed value to teams at:
- Battle Creek Public Schools
- Canyons School District
- Kent Innovation High School
- The Potter's House
- West Michigan Christian High School