Elementary Education

Requirements & Courses

In addition to completing appropriate coursework in the Education Department and in the majors and minors, students must meet Alma College graduation requirements and demonstrate personal characteristics suitable for entering the teaching profession.

Michigan Elementary Provisional Certification Requirements

This certificate permits teaching in grades K-5 all subjects and K-8 self-contained classroom, and, if desired, 6-8 in a content area minor or major.

Elementary Education majors may complete certification requirements for Option 1: Core Subject OR Option 2: Comprehensive Major. Students may elect to add an endorsement from either Option in addition to completing Option 1 or Option 2.

Option 1: Core Subject must include all of the following:

  • Elementary Education Major — 60 credits of required EDC courses including 36 credits of Professional Sequence courses and 24 credits of Elementary Education Content and Pedagogy courses (see above). A 2.5 GPA is required for the Elementary Education certification major and no course for certification may be taken Pass/Fail, except for 1 credit classes, or be graded below a 2.0 (C).
  • Either a Teaching Major or two Teaching Minors selected from the following (as programs are approved by the Michigan Department of Education — check with EDC Department):
    • Social Studies Group Major.
    • Integrated Science Group Major or Group Minor.
    • Language Arts Group Major or Group Minor.
    • Elementary Mathematics Minor (Major in development).
  • A 2.5 GPA is required for each certification major and/or minor and no course required for certification may be taken Pass/Fail or be graded below a 2.0 (C).
  • As Cognates, a Planned Program of Elementary Education Content courses which must include the following:
    • MTH 202 (4 cr).
    • HUM 100 (4 cr).
    • HST 104, 121 or 254 (American History, 4 cr).
    • IPH 271a (2 cr).
    • BIO 101 (4 cr).
  • The Planned program must also include:
    • PSC 101 (4 cr) for non-Integrated Science majors/minors.
    • HST 206 (4 cr) for non-Social Studies majors.
    • ENG 225 (4 cr) for non-Language Arts majors/minors.

No cognate course required for certification may be taken Pass/Fail or be graded below a 2.0 (C).

An overall GPA of 2.75 is required for Alma College to recommend a student for certification.

The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Test in Elementary Education (passing score required). Note: Elementary candidates must pass State tests in their subject area majors and/or minors to be certified in these subjects.

Students must provide proof of valid CPR and First Aid cards as required by the Michigan Department of Education.

  • Elementary Education Major Requirements

    The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has approved the two program options for elementary education now offered at Alma College. The elementary education program listed here is for all students entering in Fall 2010 and later. To be recommended, the candidate must complete 60 credits of EDC courses, consisting of 36 credits of professional sequence courses and 24 credits of Elementary Education Content and Pedagogy courses.

    1. 36 credits of Professional Sequence in the following required courses:
      1. EDC 100 (2 cr), 120 (2 cr).
      2. EDC 203 (1 cr) with 230 (3 cr); EDC 240 (4 cr).
      3. EDC 301 (1 cr) with 311 (1 cr).
      4. EDC 302 (1 cr) with 312 (1 cr).
      5. EDC 370 (2 cr), 373 (3 cr), 400 (2 cr).
      6. EDC 430e (3 cr) with 490e/491e (10 cr).
    2. 24 credits of Elementary Education Content and Pedagogy in the following required courses:
      1. EDC 160 (4 cr); 262 (4 cr).
      2. EDC 360 (3 cr) with 362 (3 cr).
      3. EDC 361 (3 cr) with 363 (3 cr).
      4. EDC 460 (4 cr).
    3. Experimental Program: Non-certifiable minor option

    Teacher certification candidates may apply for the Education Department’s Experimental Program which allows a student to waive the requirement for one teaching minor and replace it with a non-teaching Alma College minor.  A candidate who completes a non-teaching minor will not have that subject area listed on the Michigan teaching certificate and will not be certified to teach in that non-teaching minor subject in Michigan.  Interested teaching candidates must meet with an advisor to discuss the implications and options, and fill out an Education Department APPLICATION and PETITION.  See the Education Department for more details.

  • Elementary Education Minor in mathematics (see MTH Department course listings)

Courses

  • EDC
    100
    .
    Introduction to Diverse Learners
    2
    A Level One introductory course for the Elementary Education major and certification program. It is required for all elementary certification candidates.
  • EDC
    120
    .
    Teaching in Context
    2
    Introduction to perspectives on teaching. Historical, philosophical, sociological and comparative frameworks and models of teaching, including learning environments and teaching approaches. Examination of multiple purposes and goals of schooling; ethical and professional responsibilities of teachers to multiple stakeholders. Required for elementary certification. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
    160
    .
    Children’s Literature
    4
    This standards-based course introduces students to a body of literature written for children and how it may be used across the curriculum; the interactions between readers, texts, and contexts; and critical issues in the selection and use of children’s literature. Students will explore, read, and respond to children’s literature in a variety of ways that include preparing collections of literary works and activities for use with children. Required for elementary certification. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
    203
    .
    Child Development & Education - Field
    1
    A 40-hour placement in classrooms concurrent with EDC-230. Provides an introduction to the professional roles and responsibilities of teaching all children. Students will be placed in a “home” classroom and work closely with that teacher to observe, assist, and work closely with students applying psychology principles and learning theories. Requires concurrent enrollment in EDC-230 and sophomore standing. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
    230
    .
    Child Development and Education
    3
    An overview of psychological theories and research applied to classroom learning. The course includes study of concepts in human development - cognitive, affective, physical, emotional, moral, and social; study of learning, motivation, and assessment; developmentally appropriate practice; an overview of processes of human development in childhood and adolescence with a focus on socialization and education; and study of the influences of family, community, and culture on education. Required for elementary and secondary certification. Requires EDC-203 concurrently and sophomore standing. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
    240
    .
    Learning Env and Reflective Teaching
    4
    Examination of characteristics of productive classroom learning environments. Analysis of cases of teaching and learning; evaluation of instructional strategies and activities, technologies, and resources that enhance learning for all learners; planning for classroom management. Includes peer teaching. Required for elementary and secondary certification. Requires sophomore standing to register. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
    262
    .
    Mathematical Thinking & Learning
    4
    Investigate particular teaching and learning strategies that may help or hinder different students’ learning of mathematics. Focus on interpreting children’s mathematical work and examine central questions in mathematics teaching. Develop familiarity with available resources and begin the development of skills and attitudes to learn from teaching and other opportunities. Required for elementary certification. Requires sophomore standing to register. Fall only.
  • EDC
    *
    301
    .
    Elem Science & Social Studies - Field
    1
    Classroom observation and participation in teaching science and social studies. Includes 40 hours of classroom placement. Pass/fail only. Required for elementary certification. TEP approval required. Requires EDC-311, 361 and 363 concurrently. Fall only.
  • EDC
    *
    302
    .
    Teaching Elem Lang Arts & Math - Field
    1
    Classroom observation and participation in teaching language arts and math. Includes 40 hours of classroom placement. Pass/fail only. Required for elementary certification. TEP approval required. Also requires EDC-312, 360 and 362 concurrently. Winter only.
  • EDC
    *
    311
    .
    Topics Seminar A
    1
    Introduction to issues and topics in instructional planning, teaching, and assessment. Required for elementary and secondary certification. TEP approval required. Elementary students must enroll concurrently in EDC-301, 361, and 363. Secondary students must enroll in EDC-303 concurrently, except K-12 ART majors.
  • EDC
    *
    312
    .
    Topics Seminar B
    1
    Introduction to issues and topics in instructional planning, teaching, and assessment. Required for elementary certification. TEP approval required. Requires concurrent enrollment in EDC-302, 360 and 362. Winter only.
  • EDC
    *
    360
    .
    Teaching Elementary Language Arts
    3
    Examination of reading and language arts methods. Survey of developmental reading including phonemic awareness, phonics, word recognition, fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension. Use of assessment to inform instruction, classroom organization and management of the reading program, and methods of teaching language arts, including their interrelationships with reading. Required for elementary certification. TEP approval required. Also requires concurrent enrollment in EDC-302, 312 and 362. Winter only.
  • EDC
    *
    362
    .
    Teaching Elementary Mathematics
    3
    MTH-202 and EDC-262; EDC-302, 312, 360 concurrently; TEP Approval
    This course builds on EDC-262 and focuses on four areas: Teaching mathematics, working with students as individuals, organizing a class, and professionalism and reflective learning. Required for elementary certification. TEP approval required. Also requires concurrent enrollment in EDC-302, 312 and 360. Winter only.
  • EDC
    *
    363
    .
    Teaching Elementary Social Studies
    3
    Examination of methods and materials in elementary social studies education. Required for elementary certification. TEP approval required. Also requires concurrent enrollment in EDC-301, 311 and 361. Fall only.
  • EDC
    *
    370
    .
    Instructional and Assistive Technology
    2
    Builds on basic skills and knowledge demonstrated through successful completion of Technology Modules so that students are well prepared to use technology effectively and appropriately for multiple purposes in their teaching. Students learn to use technological tools, operations, and concepts to enhance learning and assessment, productivity, communication, and professional development. Students learn about the ethical, legal, physical, and psychological issues and principles of technology use in schools. Students utilize technology for curriculum planning and for instruction, including on-line learning experiences. Students learn to use assistive technologies to enhance the learning of all children in ways that best meet individual needs. Required for elementary certification. Prerequisite modules must be completed before taking this course. It is recommended that this course be taken concurrently with EDC-373. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
    *
    373
    .
    Special Education for Classroom Teachers
    3
    Introduction to the teaching of exceptional students. Review of historical and legal issues in special education. Characteristics of exceptional learners, birth through adolescence. Examination of materials and methodology appropriate for instructing exceptional learners in inclusive classrooms. Includes eight-hour practicum. Required for elementary and secondary certification. Admission to TE Program required. Concurrent with EDC-370 and/or 460 recommended. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
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    400
    .
    Issues and Contexts
    2
    Research into current topics and perennially important issues in education. Required for elementary certification. Requires senior standing or permission to register. Fall only.
  • EDC
    *
    430
    .
    Student Teaching Seminar
    3
    Reflection on student teaching and professional issues. Classroom inquiry and analysis; self-reflection and professional development plans; representation in portfolio, web and interviews; legal and ethical issues. Required for elementary and secondary certification. Taken concurrently with EDC-490e or s and EDC-491e or s; must be approved for student teaching. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
    *
    460
    .
    Teaching the Struggling Reader
    4
    Survey of theory and methods associated with reading instruction for struggling readers. Emphasis placed on assessment of reading strengths and needs as well as specific strategies for reading improvement. Includes supervised instruction. Required for elementary certification. Requires senior standing or permission. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
    *
    490E
    .
    Directed Teaching - Elementary
    5
    Teaching under the direction of a cooperating teacher in the public schools. With Department’s permission, graduates may enroll in 490e or s only. Applications must be filed by November 15 of the year prior to directed teaching. Pass/fail only. Required for certification. Requires senior or post-graduate standing. Must be approved by TEC for student teaching. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
    *
    491E
    .
    Directed Teaching - Elementary
    5
    Teaching under the direction of a cooperating teacher in the public schools. With Department’s permission, graduates may enroll for 490e or s only. Applications must be filed by November 15 of the year prior to directed teaching. Pass/fail only. Required for certification. Fall/Winter