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Elementary Education Planned Program

The Elementary Education Planned Program is a set of required courses for all students seeking certification as elementary school teachers. Completion of the planned program courses in conjunction with the major (or two approved minors) prepares you to facilitate learning in all subject areas that may be part of an elementary self-contained classroom, as per the Michigan Department of Education Standards.

The following is an overview of courses associated with our elementary education planned program. We encourage you to speak with a faculty representative during your on-campus visit for detailed information about your specific program interests.

For an official description of courses and degree requirements, please reference our academic catalog.

Elementary Planned Program Core Courses

  • ART 107 Visual Foundations
  • ED 320 Methods of Teaching Hands-On Math in the Elementary School
  • ED 322 Methods of Teaching Hands-On Science in the Elementary School
  • ENG 105 Text and Culture
  • ENG 240 Advanced Composition
  • ENG 350 Children’s Literature
  • MTH 120 Nature of Mathematics
  • MUS 215 Performing Arts for Elementary Teachers
  • PE 106 Principles and Foundations of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
  • SCI 102 Biological Science
  • SCI 210 Physical and Earth Science for Elementary Students
  • SS 300 Social Studies for Elementary Students
  • WRL 101 Introductory World Languages I


  • The Special Education (k-12) and Physical Education (k-12) elementary certification majors also require the completion of two elementary certification minors in a core subject area, in addition to the Elementary Planned Program courses. A minor is optional for mathematics elementary certification majors.
  • Courses in the major and minor and the Elementary Planned Program may be double-counted as Liberal Arts Core courses where appropriate.
  • Courses required in the major (or minor) and in the Elementary Planned Program may be double-counted in both areas. There are some exceptions to Elementary Planned Program requirements due to particular requirements within certain majors and major/minor combinations. Consult your academic advisor for guidance on these exceptions.

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