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.


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
  • 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  


  1. Completion of 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 as outlined below. 
  2. Completion of a minimum of 128 credits, to include both a Language Arts: Elementary Education Minor  and an Mathematics Elementary Education Minor .  A Specialization in Early Childhood Education  is also available.
  3. Grades of C (2.0) or better in each Phase I course and overall minor, education program, and UM-Flint GPAs of B- (2.7) or better are required for progression from Phase I to Phase II. Grades of B- (2.7) or better in all Phase II and Phase III courses and overall minor, program and UM-Flint GPAs of B- (2.7) or better are required to continue in 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:

  1. ECE 200 , EDR 230 .
  2. EDE 201 EDE 300 
  3. EDM 100 EDM 120 , EDM 121 EDM 122 EDM 220 , EDM 222 .
  4. ENG 111 EHS 120  (preferred) or ENG 112 EHS 220 .
  5. EDR 341 .
  6. HIS 220  or HIS 221 .
  7. LIN 200 .
  8. PSY 100 
  9. SCI 125 , SCI 126 .
  10. UNV 100 .

PHASE II (following completion of phase I).  A minimum grade of B- (2.7) is required in each course:

  1. EDE 343 EDR 343 EDR 344 EDR 360 , EDR 361 .
  2. EDE 344 EDM 390 EDT 401 .
  3. EDE 302 EDE 340 /ART 336 /MUS 336 /THE 336 EDE 341 /HCR 341 .
  4. EDM 322 .
  5. Elementary Education electives.  To further enhance the educational experience, two from: ECE 120 /MUS 185 ECE 225 ECE 240 EDE 123 /MUS 180 EDE 432 EDE 440 EDE 461 EDM 320 EDR 435 /THE 449 EDR 437 /ENG 474 EDT 420 SWR 330 SWR 335 SWR 402 .  Students pursuing the Early Childhood Specialization are not required to take electives.

 PHASE III (following successful completion of Phase II).  A minimum grade of B- (2.7) is required in each course:

  1. EDE 460 EDN 410 EDR 440 .
  2. EDT 441 
  3. Application for Student Teaching Internship.
  4. EDE 469 EDE 499  (taken concurrently).
  5. 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.                            

Minimum Credits For the Degree. 128 credits


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