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Education at Aquinas College

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    Education Program Options

Education Program Options

Student Learning Outcomes for our education programs are dictated by Michigan Department of Education (MDE) professional preparation expectations. More information on these expectations and professional standards are found on the MDE Speciality Program Standards site.


Non-Teacher Certification Options

Early Childhood Education major
ESL ‐ English as a Second Language minor

 

Elementary Certification

(Grades K – 5 in all subjects, select one option below)

Early Childhood Education minor (ZS)
Integrated Science major, Grades 6 – 8 (DI)
Language Arts and Mathematics dual minors, Grades 6 – 8 (BX, EX)
Language Arts major, Grades, 6 – 8 (BX)
Mathematics major, Grades 6 – 8 (EX)
Reading and Mathematics dual minors, Grades 6 – 8 (BT, EX)
Reading minor, Grades 6 – 8 (BT)
Social Studies major, Grades 6 – 8 (RS)
Spanish major Grades, Grades K – 8 or Grades K‐12 (FF)

 

Secondary Certification

(Grades 6 – 12 unless otherwise noted)

Biology (DA)
Chemistry (DC)
English (BA)
French (FA)
German (FB)
History (CC)
Integrated Science (DI)
Mathematics (EX)
Political Science (CD)
Social Studies (RX)*
Spanish (FF)
Speech (BD)
Biology (DA)
Chemistry (DC)
English (BA)
Geography (CB) *
History (CC)
Mathematics (EX)
Physics (DE)
Political Science (CD)
Reading (BT)
Speech (BD)

 

K-12 Endorsements

Bilingual Spanish minor, Grades K – 12 (YF); requires additional content area major
English as a Second Language minor, Grades K – 12 (NS); requires additional content area major
Music Education comprehensive group major, Grades K – 12 (JQ)
Spanish major, Grades K‐12 (FF)
Learning Disabilities (Special Educ) major, Grades K – 12 (SM); requires additional content area major
POHI: Physically and Otherwise Heath Impaired (SC)

The NASDTEC Interstate Agreement facilitates the mobility of educators among the states and other jurisdictions that are members of NASDTEC and have signed the Agreement. Although there may be conditions applicable to individual jurisdictions, the Agreement makes it possible for an educator who completed an approved program and/or who holds a certificate or license in one jurisdiction to earn a certificate or license in another state or jurisdiction. Receiving states may impose certain special requirements which must be met in a reasonable period of time. Visit the NASDTEC site to review specific state-by-state requirements for teachers coming from out of state.


Aquinas College reserves the right to change, modify or amend education program plans in order to stay in compliance with Michigan Department of Education certification requirements.

Education: Admission & Program Requirements

Students are officially admitted into the AQ School of Education teacher preparation program upon successful completion of the EN 201/501 Introduction to Education course. To register for EN 201/501, students must meet the following admission criteria:

  • A minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0
  • Passing scores on all sections of approved basic skills test (e.g.; PRE‐ Professional Readiness Examination, ACT, or SAT).

Acceptable SAT scores (taken March 5, 2016 or later):

SAT ‐ Mathematics 530
SAT ‐ Reading 480

Prior to official admission into the teacher preparation program, AQ students can take:

  • EN 207 Human Growth & Schooling (3 credits, Fall and Spring)
  • EN 209 Foundations of Education (3 credits, Fall and Spring)
  • EN 130 Technology in the Classroom (2 credits, online)

IMPORTANT: If interested in Michigan teacher certification, students should begin by following the unique general education (GenEd) requirements for elementary education candidates.

Certification Requirements

The Michigan Department of Education has extensive requirements which must be met prior to recommendation for teacher certification. These include, but are not limited to the following:

  • A grade of “C” or higher is required in every course applied to meet certification requirements. This includes all major, minor, and education courses. For elementary candidates, it also includes certain General Education courses.
  • Passing scores on all MTTC Subject Area tests for each certificate/endorsement sought. This testing is completed after all program coursework has been completed, either prior to or during the student teaching semester. Information regarding subject area tests, including practice tests and testing dates, is available at the MTTC website (www.mttc.nesinc.com).
  • Criminal and sex offender background check clearance.
  • Valid and current Adult/Child CPR/First Aid training from an approved provider.
  • Completed education program portfolio.