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.


Admission to the program 
  • Applications accepted September 1-15 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 2014 Student Teaching: Applications accepted January 1-21, 2014
  • Winter 2015 Student Teaching: Applications accepted April 7-21, 2014
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 Education Program Requirements

Early Childhood Specialization

Early Childhood Studies minor (non-certification): Coming Fall 2014 

Elementary Education

Elementary Education General Program (BS)


  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. Students in the Elementary Education General Program will complete 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. C. 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.


  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, with a grade of C (2.0) or better 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 .

 PHASE III (following successful completion of Phase II)

  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.                                      




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Early Childhood

Early Childhood Certificate Endorsement

This 27-credit-program is designed for individuals who hold elementary teaching certification and wish to add the Early  Childhood endorsement to their teaching certificates. All coursework applied toward the endorsement may also be applied  toward a Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. Upon successful completion of the endorsement program and the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education, individuals will be eligible for a certificate endorsement in early childhood education (coded ZS in Michigan). A minimum of 300 contact hours in two of the three following age groups: infant-toddler, pre-primary and K-3rd grade (150 hours in each setting selected). Students should consult an early childhood advisor before registering for field courses.


  1. Core early childhood courses (18 credits).
    ECE 500 - Current Trends and Issues in Early Childhood Education. ECE 520 - Early Childhood Special Education. 
    ECE 520 - Early Childhood Special Education. 
    ECE 522 - Understanding and Working with Parents of Young Children. ECE 533 - Working with Infants and Toddlers. 
    ECE 533 - Working with Infants and Toddlers. 
    ECE 541 - Developmental Assessment of Young Children’s Learning. 
    ECE 645 - Advanced Study of Early Childhood Integrated Curriculum. 
  2. Field Experiences (6 credits). Each includes minimum of 150 contact hours in age groups: Infant/Toddlers and one of Preprimary or Grades K-3.
    1. ECE 660 - Advanced Supervised Field Experience in Infant-Toddler Settings.   
    2. One from:
        ECE 661 - Advanced Supervised Field Experience in Pre-Primary Settings.      
        ECE 662 - Advanced Supervised Field Experience in Primary Settings. 
  3. Electives (3 credits).
    One from: ECE 543 , ECE 649 EDE 500 EDE 545  (prerequisite: EDE 432 / EDE 532 ), EDE 585 , EDE 601 EDN 510 ; EDR 520 , EDR 530 , EDR 535 , EDR 645 ; LIN 520 , LIN 521 ; PSY 500 .


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