Education at Aquinas College

Education - Elementary Teacher Certification

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Program Options: Students will select either an elementary or a secondary teacher certification program in addition to majors/minors that lead to MDE subject-area endorsement(s).

Students pursuing elementary teacher certification will complete a series of professional preparation courses in addition to one or more of the majors/minors listed below. In light of Michigan Department of Education requirements, elementary education candidates should exercise great care when selecting general education courses. Consult an education advisor for additional details.

Elementary Professional Preparation Course Requirements:

  • EN130
  • EN201
  • EN207
  • EN209
  • EN290
  • EN456
  • EN301
  • EN461
  • EN466
  • EN444
  • EN442
  • EN440
  • EN406 (SC)
  • EN495
  • BY123 (NL)
  • GY101 (NL)
  • EN275
  • MS260
  • MS261
  • MS271
  • ES211 or ES212
  • GY120 (GP)
  • PS101
  • HY101
  • KN146
  • KN358

NOTE: These courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Major/Minor Options (choose at least one):

  • Bilingual Spanish K-12 minor
  • Early Childhood Education minor
  • English as a Second Language K-12 minor
  • Integrated Science major (grade 6-8)
  • Language Arts major (grade 6-8)
  • Language Arts and Mathematics dual minor (grade 6-8)
  • Learning Disabilities K-12 major
  • Mathematics major (grade 6-8), Social Studies major (grade 6-8)
  • Reading
  • Spanish major (K-8 or K-12)


  • BY123 Environmental Biology (3) NL

    Introduction to aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, with emphasis on human influences. Field experience based labs. Two (2) hours lecture, three (3) hours lab. Not applicable toward the major. Not applicable toward the minor for students having successfully completed BY275 or BY352. Offered every semester.

  • GY101 Earth Environments (4) NL

    Natural elements of environment and effects on humans: seasons, radiation, wind, moisture, climate, as well as landforms resulting from running water, ice, gravity, marine activities, and tectonic processes. Three (3) hours lecture, two (2) hours lab (GY101L).

  • ES211 Microeconomic Principles (3) SS1

    Introduction to the economic problem and the study of economics; basics of supply and demand; introduction to concepts and models used to understand the economic behavior of households and firms, economic outcomes under various market structures, market failures, and international trade.

  • ES212 Macroeconomic Principles (3) SS1

    Introduction to the economic problem and the study of economics; basics of supply and demand; introduction to concepts and models used to understand the business cycle (fluctuations in national income and employment) and inflation; basics of international finance.

  • PS101 American Government and Politics (3) SS1/SS2

    This course is an introduction to the power, structures and functions of the American Government and Political System. Fundamental is a critical examination of the institutions and players who interact in the processes of American politics.

  • HY101 American History to 1877 (3) HP

    A survey of the political, economic, social, and cultural development of the United States from discovery of the New World to the end of Reconstruction.

  • KN146 Nutrition, Exercise, Stress (3) KN

    Study of nutrition, exercise, and stress. Activities will include personal fitness assessment, active participation, and lecture and discussion. This course involves both lecture and participation in exercises

  • KN358 Physical Education in the Elementary School (3)

    Characteristics of children (K-6), implications for physical activity; lesson planning, organization of simple games, rhythmic activities, curricular development, skill themes, movement concepts, lead-up games to sport activities. Grade K-6 observation/teaching hours required. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: KN242, EN 201 or permission of instructor.