Bachelor of Arts with Elementary Teacher Certification

Elementary Education

Students preparing to teach in the elementary school pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree with a teaching major and a teaching minor in an academic subject area in addition to the University Core Curriculum requirements and the professional education sequence of courses. The department reserves the right to require specific courses in the major or minor.

Teaching Majors and Minors

A teaching major consists of not less than 30 semester hours in a single discipline or 36 semester hours in a group of disciplines. A teaching minor consists of not less than 21 semester hours in a single discipline and 24 semester hours in a group of disciplines.

Teaching majors and teaching minors must be appropriate to the elementary school. Students should consult their Education advisor regarding courses for the teaching major and the teaching minor as well as other program requirements. The department reserves the right to require specific courses in the major and minor.

The following teaching majors and minors are approved by the State Board of Education for Elementary Certification:

Majors:

Minors:

Teacher Certification Required Courses–Elementary
Professional Elementary Education Sequence (43 credits)

EDU 4000 Introduction to Education 3 credits
EDU 4320 Psychology of Education 3 credits
EDU 4200 Philosophy of Education 3 credits
EDU 4400* School and Society 3 credits
EDU 4500 Arts in the Classroom 3 credits
EDU 4450 Methods of Physical and Health Education 3 credits
SED 4600 Educating and Mainstreaming Exceptional Persons

3 credits

EDU 4590 Instructional Technology 3 credits
EDU 4410 Elementary Science Methods 2 credits
EDU 4420 Elementary Social Studies Methods 2 credits
EDU 4430 Teaching Reading in Elementary Schools 3 credits
EDU 4480 Elementary Language Arts 3 credits
EDU 4490

Elementary Mathematics Method

2 credits
EDU 4590

Instructional Technology

3 credits
EDU 4820

Elementary Student Teaching

8 credits

*Can be used to fulfill core curriculum

Supportive Courses for Elementary Education
MED 4770 Concepts of Elementary School Mathematics I
3 credits
MED 4780 Concepts of Elementary School Mathematics II 3 credits
POL 2100* American Politics 3 credits
ECN 1000* Introduction to Economics 3 credits
BIO 1030* Environmental Science 3 credits
CHM 1030* Chemistry in Society 3 credits
PHY 1080* History of the Universe 3 credits
CST 1010* Fundamentals of Speech 3 credits
HIS 2500* The United States to 1877 3 credits
HIS 2640* Comparative Civilizations 3 credits
ENL 2350* Study of Fiction 3 credits
ENL 2450* Study of Poetry 3 credits
ENL 3900 Children's Literature 3 credits
GEO 2110* World Regional Geography 3 credits
PYC 2500 Developmental Psychology 3 credits

Teaching Majors and Minors
A teaching major consists of not less than 30 credit hours in a single discipline or 36 credit hours in a group of disciplines. Some content area majors may require additional credit hours to complete. Individual departments should be consulted regarding the required number of credit hours to complete a major. A teaching minor consists of not less than 20 credit hours in a single discipline or not less than 24 credit hours in a group of disciplines. The department reserves the right to require specific courses in the major and minor.

Post Degree Certification

Post-degree students may prepare for an elementary or secondary teaching certificate in the College of Liberal Arts & Education. For either program, students are required to have fulfilled the core curriculum requirements for the College of Liberal Arts & Education or Engineering & Science for some secondary education students, depending upon the degree major.

Minor in Education

The 18-credit-hour minor in education is designed for those students who are interested in applying content knowledge in diverse settings and working with diverse populations but are not planning to pursue teacher certification as this minor will not prepare the student to become a certified teacher in Michigan. The course work is based on the Education Department’s Conceptual Framework which addresses the ethical behaviors for demonstrating how a teacher as scholar, inquirer and moral agent interacts with their constituents in the role of educator.

Education Minor Required Courses:

EDU 4000 Introduction to Education   3 credits
EDU 4320 Psychology of Education   3 credits
EDU 4200 Philosophy of Education   3 credits
EDU 4400 School and Society   3 credits
EDU 4455   Applied Educational Strategies    3 credits
EDU 4590  Instructional Technology    3 credits

*A minor in Education does not prepare a student for teacher certification in Michigan.

UDM Teacher Education Attains National Accreditation!

The University of Detroit Mercy Education Department is proud to announce its national accreditation by the Teacher Education Council (TEAC) effective October 25, 2012.

We are now entitled to use the TEAC affiliation and accreditation in the University of Detroit Mercy Teacher Education Program.  Our mission is to develop educators who:

  • Are ethical, value-directed persons;
  • Possess a scholarly mastery of subject matter;
  • Recognize that all children can learn; and
  • Engage students in an interactive, dynamic process of learning

The Education Department is granted TEAC Initial Accreditation for a period of five years, from October 2012 to October 2017.  This accreditation certifies that the University of Detroit Mercy’s professional education program has provided evidence it adheres to TEAC’s Quality Principles.

In keeping with TEAC’s policy on Program Performance Disclosure (Policy XI), the Education Department is posting a link on our program’s website to the Summary of the Case that is also posted on the TEAC website (www.teac.org/membership/teac-members) and to the Title II Reporting Website (https://title2.ed.gov/Title2STRC/DataTools/Files.aspx).  

Congratulations to the UDM Department of Education on achieving national accreditation from the Teacher Accreditation Council!

Funding Your Education 

Get 60% off your tuition through the School Educator’s Tuition Remission Discount 

If you are currently working full-time as a teacher, substitute, administrator, paraprofessional, counselor, or teacher’s aid of an elementary or secondary school you may be eligible to receive 60% off your tuition. Applicants in good standing must enroll in an education program to be eligible. 

For the application for this discount please visit the following link: 

www.udmercy.edu/apply/financial_aid/forms/additional.../Remission.pdf

MTTC Financial Assistance

If you are currently enrolled in the Teacher Education Program at UDM you may qualify to receive a voucher to cover the cost of the MTTC content exam.  This offer is extended to those enduring a financial hardship or a substantial financial burden.  You may apply for this voucher by clicking the below link to access the application.   Please submit the completed application to Reno Hall room 247.    This application is not associated with those taking the Michigan Basic Skills Test (MBST), those seeking assistance for the cost of study materials or other supplies. 

MTTC Voucher Application