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Elementary Education at Alma College:
Considering a career in teaching elementary or middle school?
An Elementary Education certificate permits teaching in grades K-5 all subjects and K-8 self-contained classroom, and, if desired, grades 6-8 in a content area major or minor.
Elementary and Middle School Endorsements:
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Our elementary teacher candidates are well-prepared and knowledgeable as they graduate Alma College. Those completing their programs and becoming eligible for certification in 2017-18 had overall GPAs averaging 3.54, and 100% are now certified to teach.
Our graduates are teaching across Michigan, the U.S. and internationally. For example, recent graduates found teaching jobs in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and overseas in Rwanda and South Korea.
Since 2015, 9 elementary candidates have earned Honors in Education based on high GPA, exemplary student teaching, and an honors thesis and presentation.
Those students admitted to our Teacher Education Program (TEP) successfully complete their program and become certified in high numbers, should they choose to do so. For example: of those admitted to TEP in 2014-15, 72% were certified by 2018 (82% eligible for certification); of those admitted to TEP in 2013-14, 83.3% were certified by 2017. Some students choose to pursue Educational Studies or other opportunities.
Elementary teacher candidates are advised and supported in ways that help them complete their program in a timely fashion. For example: of those incoming first-year (non-transfer) students who graduated from our current elementary certification program from 2014-2018, approximately 60% graduated in 4 years or less; about 18% graduated in 4 years plus a student teaching semester; and all graduated within 6 years.
The Alma College teacher education program accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). This accreditation certifies that our education program has provided evidence that the program adheres to TEAC’s quality principles.
The Education department at Alma College is committed to the preparation of knowledgeable, competent, and caring education professionals who reflect critically, serve ethically, and lead intentionally in a diverse world.