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.