School of Education  
 

Majors & Minors

 
Elementary Teacher Certification: Grades K-5 all subjects plus at least one option from the chart

Students pursuing elementary certification must complete the general education requirements specific to elementary education. Students will also complete a professional preparation sequence and directed student teaching. In addition, students must select at least one option from the following list:

 
Major Minor

Integrated Science 6-8
Language Arts 6-8
Learning Disabilities K-12
Mathematics 6-8
POHI (Physical or Other Health Impairment) K-12
Social Studies 6-8
Spanish K-8

Spanish K-12

Bilingual Spanish K-12
Early Childhood Education

English as a Second Language K-12
Language Arts and Mathematics Dual Minor 6-8

 
Secondary Teacher Certification: Grades 6-12 in major and minor areas only, unless otherwise noted
Students seeking teacher certification in Secondary Education are required to select both a major and minor.
Major Minor

Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science
English*
French
German
History
Learning Disabilities K-12
Mathematics
Music K-12**
Physical Education K-12
Political Science
Social Studies***
Spanish K-12
Speech

Visual Arts Education K-12**

Bilingual Spanish K-12
Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science
English
English as a Second Language K-12*

Health
History
Mathematics
Physical Education
Physics
Political Science
Speech

* English as a Second Language must be paired with a "No Child Left Behind" core content major.

** Visual Arts Education and Music Education majors are not required to select a minor.
*** Students who pursue the Social Studies major are required to complete a minor in either History, Geography, or Political Science.
 
Each student pursuing teacher certification is required to meet with an Education advisor during the semester in which he/she takes EN 201 Introduction to Education. At this time, the student will be given a comprehensive list of courses required for the particular program option selected from the lists above. All students considering a career in teaching are welcome to meet with an advisor before enrolling in EN 201 to discuss program requirements and options. Students may schedule an appointment by calling 616-632-2800 or by visiting the School of Education main office in room AB 260 in the Academic Building.
 

Note: Aquinas College reserves the right to change, modify or amend the state requirements for certification and/or courses in its sole discretion without prior notice. Last updated on 2/3/15.