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

Note: Teacher education students are expected to have passed all of the Professional Readiness Exam (PRE)  (reading, mathematics, and writing) within the first two semesters of enrollment in teacher education.
  • EDU 4000 Introduction to Education
    (Must be completed within the first two semesters of enrollment in Teacher Education) 3 cr.
  • EDU 4320 (with Lab) Psychology of Education (Pre or co-requisite: EDU 4000.
    Prerequisite for all methods courses: 4410, 4420, 4430, 4480, 4490) 3 cr.
  • EDU 4200 Philosophy of Education 3 cr.
  • EDU 4400 School and Society 3 cr.
  • EDU 4450 Methods of Physical and Health Education 2 cr.
  • EDU 4500 Arts in the Classroom 3 cr.
  • SED 4600 Mainstreaming and Education of Exceptional Persons 3 cr.
  • EDU 4590 Instructional Technology 3 cr.
  • EDU 4410 Methods and Materials of Instruction for Science in Elementary and Middle Schools (Prerequisite: EDU 4320. Must be admitted into Teacher Certification Program*) 2 cr.
  • EDU 4420 Methods and Materials of Instruction for Social Studies in Elementary and Middle Schools (Prerequisite:EDU 4320. Must be admitted into Teacher Certification Program*) 2 cr.
  • EDU 4430 Teaching Reading in Elementary and Middle Schools (Prerequisite: EDU 4320. Must be admitted into Teacher Certification Program*) 3 cr.
  • EDU 4480 Methods and Materials of Instruction for Reading and Language Arts in Elementary and Middle Schools
    (Prerequisite: EDU 4320. Must be admitted into Teacher Certification Program*) 3 cr.
  • EDU 4490 Methods and Materials of Instruction for Mathematics in Elementary and Middle Schools (Prerequisite: EDU 4320. Must be admitted into Teacher Certification Program*) 2 cr.
  • EDU 4820 Directed teaching in the Elementary and Middle Schools 8 cr.
    All Education coursework must be completed before doing student teaching.

* See current Teacher Certification Handbook for requirements.

Post Degree Certification

Post-degree is our "non-degree" route to teacher certification. Post-degree students may prepare for an elementary or secondary teaching certificate in the College of Liberal Arts & tion.

In addition, students pursuing elementary education are required to fulfill the following general studies requirements:

  • English Writing 3 cr.
  • Speech 3 cr.
  • Literature 3 cr.
  • Computer Science 3 cr.
  • Math for Elementary Teachers 6 cr.
  • General Science 6 cr.
  • Developmental Psychology 3 cr.
  • Multicultural Understanding 3 cr.
  • Humanities 6 cr.
  • Social Studies 6 cr.
  • Social Responsibility 6 cr.
  • Humanities: Art, Music, or Drama 3 cr.

Students pursuing secondary education are required to have fulfilled the following general studies requirements:

  • English Writing 3 cr.
  • Speech 3 cr.
  • Computer Science 3 cr.
  • Intermediate Algebra 3 cr.
  • Science 3 cr.
  • Developmental Psychology 3 cr.
  • Multicultural Understanding 3 cr.
  • Humanities 9 cr.
  • Social Science 9 cr.
  • Social Responsibility 6 cr.

Minor in Education

The Education Department offers a Minor in Education.  This 18 credit hour minor is designed for those students who are interested in applying content knowledge in diverse settings and working with diverse populations. 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.

Minor in Education Required Courses:

EDU 4000  Introduction to Education    

EDU 4400  School and Society    

EDU 4200  Philosophy of Education                     

EDU 4320  Psychology of Education                     

EDU 4590  Instructional Technology             

EDU 4455  Applied Educational Strategies  

Total:     18 cr.

*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