Elementary Education Certification Recommendation, BS

Rochester College is authorized by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to recommend teacher candidates to the state for certification. Candidates for elementary certification may major in one or more of the following content areas: integrated science education, language arts education, elementary math education, and social studies education. Candidates may also choose a comprehensive elementary education major with a second major in early childhood, learning disabilities,* or English as a Second Language (ESL).*

Graduates who receive elementary certification may teach all subject areas in grades K-5 or in their major content areas in grades 6-8, and all subject areas in grades K-8 in self-contained classrooms. Graduates who earn the comprehensive elementary education major with the early childhood major may teach all subjects in a self-contained K – 5 classroom. Together with the early childhood major, graduates are prepared to teach in an early childhood general or special education program (birth through preschool). Graduates who earn the comprehensive elementary major with the learning disabilities major may work with students with learning disabilities in grades K-12, and teach all subjects K-5.

Since the process of becoming a teacher includes both a baccalaureate degree and professional certification, students must declare their intent as early as possible in order to plan with an education adviser. The advising process is a critical aspect of teacher preparation; for example, some courses meet both general education and teacher education requirements at the same time. Education advisors work with each student to plan appropriate progress toward the completion of requirements of the teacher education program.

Endorsements in all content areas listed above are offered to post-baccalaureate students seeking additional teacher certification beyond their initial certification. Post-baccalaureate students must also meet all of the MDE’s Standards, Rules, and Guidelines for Elementary and Secondary Provisional Certification. Students must complete the college’s Christian Values requirement, a teachable major and/or minor, and all coursework and field experiences in the professional studies component.

 *Subject to Michigan Department of Education approval


Program Learning Goals (aligned to CAEP program outcomes): After completing this program students will be proficient in

  1. Reading - Elementary teacher candidates understand theories of literacy and understand how to deliver explicit and systematic reading instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, reading fluency, and reading comprehension strategies. (1.3)
  2. Content Knowledge - Teacher candidates possess the depth of knowledge necessary to teach all content in a meaningful manner to all students in self-contained classrooms for grades K-8. They have a thorough applied understanding of pertinent Michigan policy documents [i.e., Common Core Standards (CCSS), Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE), Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and WIDA English Language Development (EDL) Standards.] (1.3, 1.4)
  3. Instruction - Teacher Candidates design and implement instruction to construct learning opportunities that support individual students' development, motivation, acquisition, and application of knowledge and skills. (1.1, 1.5)
  4. Assessment - Candidates know, understand, and use data from formative and summative assessments in addition to formal and informal assessment strategies to plan, evaluate, and strengthen instruction. (1.2)
  5. Professional Practices - Rochester College teacher candidates are prepared to demonstrate professional practices and behaviors that include the scope of the mentor teacher's responsibilities and obligations and are characteristic of research on teaching and resources available for professional learning including Michigan's policy documents (e.g., CCSS, MCF, GLCE, and UDL). Candidates are able to manage instruction in all of the core content areas within the self-contained classroom for grades K-8 (e.g. Integrated science, mathematics, language arts, reading, social studies, music, health, physical education, and world languages) and, with appropriate endorsements, provide instruction for single-discipline content classes for students in grades 6-8. (3.3)

Requirements for the BS with Elementary Education Certification Recommendation

General Education Core 24-34 hours

(some major/minor courses may satisfy general education requirements)

Content Area Major 30-40 hours

Professional Studies Core 29 hours

EDU 2262Media and Technology

2

EDU 3213Educational Psychology

3

EDU 3224Classroom Teaching and Management

4

EDU 3243Teaching Exceptional Students

3

EDU 3251Professional Preparation Workshop

1

EDU 3263Ethics and Culture in Education

3

EDU 3271Ethics and Culture Field Experience

1

EDU 4583Educational Foundations and Assessment - Elementary

3

EDU 4721Student Teaching Seminar: Elementary

1

EDU 4728Student Teaching: Elementary

8

Elementary Education Minor 35 hours

BIO 1011Biological Science I Lab

1

BIO 1013Biological Science I

3

EDU 2303Fine Arts for the Elementary Teacher

3

EDU 2313Social Studies Foundations

3

MAT 2213Math for Elementary Teachers I

3

MAT 2223Math for Elementary Teachers II

3

NSC 2104Physical Science

4

PED 2113Principles of Health & Physical Education

3

RDG 3313Children's Literature

3

RDG 4303Reading and Language Arts

3

RDG 4313Content Reading and Assessment

3

RDG 4353Diversity and Language Arts

3

Total Credit Hours: 120-133