About Elementary Education

In the Elementary Education program at UM-Flint, students have the chance to work with faculty and lecturers who are experienced educators and active in research in elementary and early childhood education. Our program has three phases, which you can begin from your first year with UM-Flint.

In Phase 1, students take general education courses in a variety of disciplines, such as math, English, science, history, early childhood, and education. These courses are offered as traditional on-campus courses, or as fully online or mixed-mode courses. Students apply to the program when they have completed Phase 1.

Once admitted to the program in Phase 2, students take their professional education courses in language arts, math, science, and social studies. In this phase, students spend more time in elementary classrooms. Many courses include work with elementary students for course assignments and participation, and there are two field experience courses attached to the language arts methods courses. In these field-based courses, UM-Flint students work with classroom teachers in the Flint area to get experience planning and delivering instruction to elementary students.

In addition to more professional courses, Phase 3 of the program includes extensive internships in elementary classrooms. Students prepare for their student teaching experience with a semester-long internship, then end Phase 3 with another semester of student teaching at an elementary school. Students in the elementary education program have two minors: language arts and mathematics. Coursework in these minors, as well as passing the certification tests, can lead to additional endorsements for teaching language arts and math through 8th grade.

Early Childhood Specialization & Minor

Students also have the option to specialize in early childhood education, which prepares students for an early childhood endorsement—an endorsement that many school districts look for when hiring PreK-2nd grade teachers. A non-certification Early Childhood Studies minor will begin in Fall 2014. Go to the main menu for more information about early childhood programs.

Deadlines

Admission to the program 
  • Applications accepted September 1-17 for winter semester admission to SEHS elementary program. 

  • Applications accepted January 1-21 for fall semester admission to SEHS elementary program. 

Student Teaching Applications/Student Teacher Meetings
  • Fall 2016 Student Teaching: Applications accepted January 4-20, 2016
  • Winter 2017 Student Teaching: Applications accepted April 4-22, 2016
Basic Skills and Subject Area Testing through MTTC
Registration
  • Fall Semester: April, Winter Semester: November
Drop/Add deadlines
  • Dates vary. See formal Academic Calendar.
Applying for audit/graduation
  • For May Graduation: December
  • For December Graduation: August

Elementary Ed

Elementary Education General Program (BS)

Education Department information 

Requirements


The required 128 credits include both a Language Arts: Elementary Education Minor and a  Mathematics Elementary Education Minor.  A Specialization in Early Childhood Education is also available.

Grades of C (2.0) or better in all Phase I courses and B- (2.7) or better in all Phase II and Phase III courses are required.

GPAs of B- (2.7) or better are required in the minors, the education program, and at UM-Flint overall, for progression from phase to phase and completion of the program.  (Note the Education Department uses grades in transferred courses in its GPA computations.)

Phase I


A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in each course:

  • ECE 200 - Child Development and Learning (3)
  • EDR 230 - Genre and Diversity in Children's Literature (3)
  • EDE 201 - Women, Education and Globalization (3)
  • EDE 300 - Developmental Psychology for Elementary Education (3).
  • EDM 100 - Problem Solving for College Students (4)
  • EDM 120 - Mathematics for K-8 Teachers I (4).
  • EDM 121 - Mathematics for K-8 Teachers II (4).
  • EDM 122 - Mathematics for K-8 Teachers III (4).
  • EDM 220 - Algebraic Thinking in the Early Grades (3).
  • EDM 222 - Geometry and Measurement for K-8 Teachers (3).
  • ENG 111 - College Rhetoric (3).
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  • One from:

  • EHS 120 - Ecology of Teaching and Social Work (3). (preferred)
  • ENG 112 - Critical Writing and Reading (3).
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  • EHS 220 - Building a Sustainable Community: Teaching and Social Work (3)
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  • EDR 341 - Teaching in the Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Classroom (3).
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  • One course from the following:

  • HIS 220 - United States to 1898 (3)
  • HIS 221 - United States since 1898 (3)
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  • LIN 200 - Introduction to Linguistics (3)
  • PSY 100 - Principles of Psychology (3)
  • SCI 125 - Scientific Inquiry I (4)
  • SCI 126 - Scientific Inquiry II (4)
  • UNV 100 - First Year Experience (3-4).

Phase II


(Following successful completion of phase I)  A minimum grade of B- (2.7) is required in each course:

  • EDE 343 - Teaching Social Science in the Elementary and Middle School (3).
  • EDR 343 - Literacy Learning in the Elementary and Middle School (3).
  • EDR 344 - The Integrated Language Arts: Reading, Writing and Oral Language (3).
  • EDR 360 - Language Arts and Social Studies Practicum I (1).
  • EDR 361 - Language Arts and Social Studies Practicum II (1).
  • EDE 344 - Teaching Science in the Elementary and Middle School (3).
  • EDM 390 - Methods of Teaching Algebra and Functions in Middle School (3).
  • EDT 401 - Using Technology in Education (3).
  • EDE 302 - Social Foundations of Elementary Education (3).
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  • EDE 340 - Creative Learning Experiences (3).
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  • ART 336 - Creative Learning Experiences (3).
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  • MUS 336 - Creative Learning Experiences (3).
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  • THE 336 - Creative Learning Experiences (3).
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  • EDE 341 - Physical Education and Health for K-8 Classroom Teachers (3).
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  • HCR 341 - Physical Education and Health for K-8 Classroom Teachers (3).
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  • EDM 322 - Probability and Statistics for K-8 Teachers (3).

Elementary Education Electives


Two Elementary Education electives (not required of students pursuing the Early Childhood Specialization) to further enhance the educational experience from:

  • ECE 120 - Music in Early Childhood (3)
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  • MUS 185 - Music in Early Childhood (3)
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  • ECE 225 - Play and Learning in Early Childhood Education (3).
  • ECE 240 - Child Guidance and Classroom Management (3).
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  • EDE 123 - Music for Elementary Teachers (3)
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  • MUS 180 - Music for Elementary School Teachers (3)
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  • EDE 432 - Multicultural Education: Concepts and Strategies (3).
  • EDE 440 - Classroom Management (3).
  • EDE 461 - International & Global Perspectives in Education (1-6).
  • EDM 320 - Concepts of Calculus for Elementary Education (4).
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  • EDR 435 - Folklore and Storytelling (3).
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  • THE 449 - Folklore and Storytelling (3).
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  • EDR 437 - Adolescent Literature (3).
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  • ENG 474 - Adolescent Literature (3).
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  • EDT 420 - Mentor Seminar for Educational Programs (3).
  • SWR 330 - Protective Services (3)
  • SWR 335 - Social Services in the School (3)
  • SWR 402 - Schools and Communities (3).

Phase III


(Following successful completion of Phase II)  A minimum grade of B- (2.7) is required in each course:

  • EDE 460 - Elementary Education Internship (3).
  • EDN 410 - Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom (3).
  • EDR 440 - Assessment-based K-8 Language Arts Instruction (3).
  • EDT 441 - Technology: Focus on Literacy Learning and Instruction (3).
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  • Application for Student Teaching Internship
  • EDE 469 - Student Teaching in the Elementary School (3-10)
  • EDE 499 - Elementary Student Teaching Seminar (2). (taken concurrently).
  • Approved courses in first aid and in Adult/Child CPR approved and taken by the following state approved vendors:  www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-6530_5683_14795-118868-,00.html.    

Additional Requirements


All School of Education and Human Services General Education requirements , requirements in the section General Requirements for Teacher Certification , and University of Michigan-Flint graduation requirements .

 

Minimum Credits for the Degree:  128 credits



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