Why UM-Flint


At UM-Flint, we know those who aspire to teach do so not to make a ton of money, but to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of children, families, and whole communities. All aspects of the learning experience offered through our Elementary Education program flow from this perspective and the culture our community of current and future educators develop, maintain, and push forward together.


The University of Michigan-Flint is known for the opportunities it provides students to apply their learning out in the world. For future elementary school teachers, that commitment means more time in actual classrooms honing research-based teaching methods while observing and working with children before the traditional student teaching experience. Providing more in-class experiences earlier in their college career gives our students more confidence in their abilities and professional path.


UM-Flint established the Center for Educator Preparation (CEP) to support current and future educators in all ways. The center coordinates educational and field experiences, fosters community partnerships, enhances the continuous improvement efforts of all our education programs, and celebrates teaching through a framework of equity, inclusion, and social justice. The CEP also offers tutoring and workshops to prepare students for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC).

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Elementary Education General Program (BS)

Education Department information  

The Elementary Education program, leading to a Bachelor of Science, emphasizes human development and its importance in teaching children in the age span from birth through grade 8, and focuses on constructivist teaching and place-based education.

Two options are available.  Option 1 consists of a major in elementary education and includes a Language Arts Elementary Education Minor  and a  Mathematics Elementary Education Minor .  Option 2 consists of a comprehensive major focused on early childhood education and includes a Specialization in Early Childhood Education  (ZS endorsement).

Once accepted, students complete the program in cohorted groups.

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Prospective and transfer students, apply now to begin the process of becoming a UM-Flint student!

Current students applying to the Teacher Education Program must do so through the Center for Educator Preparation.

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