Transform your passion for making a world of difference in the lives of others into a career. Elementary and secondary teachers are in high demand in Michigan and nationwide. Our programs will give you the expertise needed to make a difference for generations to come.

Elementary Certification

Elementary teacher candidates are proficient across subject areas for teaching grades PK-3 and 3-6, including literacy, mathematics, social studies, and science. In addition, candidates will integrate thorough preparation in professional knowledge and skills across the program.

Elementary Grade Bands:

Lower Elementary, PK-3 (ZO)
Upper Elementary, Grades 3-6 (ZP)


Secondary Certification

Secondary teacher candidates choose one content area to teach across middle grades/5-9 and high school/7-12. The secondary candidate may choose to study a content-area minor, but it is not required. In addition, we integrate thorough preparation of professional knowledge and skills across the program.

Secondary Grade Bands:

Middle Grades 5-9
High School Grades 7-12


English (BA)
French (FA)*
German (FB)*
Integrated Science (DI)
Mathematics (EX)
Social Studies (RX)
Spanish (FF)
Speech (BD)


Biology (DA)
Chemistry (DC)
English (BA)
History (CC)
Mathematics (EX)
Physics (DE)

*French & German majors are required to travel abroad for a semester as part of their program.

PK-12 Endorsements

Music Education, Grades PK-12 (JQ)

Spanish, Grades PK-12 (FF)

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Endorsement

Aquinas College partners with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to offer an endorsement for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Consortium for Teacher Preparation, an innovative, multi-state university partnership. This partnership provides teachers who hold a valid or pending Michigan Teaching certificate with the opportunity to meet the unique needs of students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. For more information, click HERE.

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