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Major/Minor Information

Major/Minor Information

Click here to access the Major/Minor Advisor List.

A copy of your signed teachable major and minor are required to be on file in the Registrars Office, 212 Warriner Hall.

The major/minor authorization forms are standard university forms used to list the courses required for your major(s) and minor(s), and they are signed by a faculty advisor in your major(s) and minor(s) department(s). Your final graduation audit will confirm that you have completed all courses for your major(s) and minor(s). View the Major/Minor Advisor List for current contact information regarding who should sign your teachable majors and minors.

Other requirements for major/minors may include:

  • Some departments require completion of specific courses PRIOR to signing the major or minor.
  • Maintaining a minimum 2.70 GPA overall in each teachable major(s)/minor(s).
  • Meeting all departmental requirements for each teachable major(s)/minor(s) which may include minimum grades in specific courses, higher than a 2.70 GPA overall, completion of specific coursework, and/or proficiency tests.
  • Completing 75 percent of the coursework in teachable major(s) and minor(s) prior to student teaching.
Selecting a Major/Minor

Some majors are available only at the secondary level and others are available only at the elementary level. The majority of minors can be taken at either the elementary or secondary levels. It helps to think about what subject(s) you really like to study and enjoy learning. It is important to be knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subjects you will be teaching. If you do not think the subject is important and exciting, neither will the students.

If you are seeking an elementary certificate, you will have a number of major/minor options to choose from. See the Bachelor of Science in Education Degree section - Elementary Emphasis in your Undergraduate Bulletin, for the list of the teachable majors and minors as well as other degree requirements.

If you are seeking a secondary certificate, you will have to choose a major and minor or two majors chosen from a selected list. See the Bachelor of Science in Education Degree section - Secondary Emphasis in your Undergraduate Bulletin, for the list of the teachable majors and minors as well as other degree requirements.

If you do not find your preferred major or minor on CMU's approved list, you should seek an alternative major or minor with the help of an academic advisor in the Academic Advising Services Office, Bovee University Center - Student Service Court, (989) 774-7506.

Elementary
Option 1 - Major Option- Select a major from the following: 
  Early Childhood Development & Learning Major 
  Integrated Science Major 
  Language Arts Major 
  Mathematics Major 
  Social Studies Major: Geography Concentration 
  Social Studies Major: History Concentration 

Option 2 - Minors Option- Select two minors from the following:
Note: Students may not select both Language Arts and Reading in the Elementary Grades minors together. 
  Integrated Science Minor 
  Language Arts Minor 
  Mathematics Minor 
  Reading in the Elementary Grades Minor 

Additional Minor Option: 
  Early Childhood Development & Learning Major
  English as A Second Language Minor
  Middle Level Education Minor
  Physical Education Minor

Option 3 – Special Education- Choose a major from the following. A minor is optional.
  Special Education Major: Cognitive Impairment 
  Special Education Major: Emotional Impairment 

Minors (optional): 
                Early Childhood  Development & Learning Minor 
                Integrated Science Minor 
                Language Arts Minor 
                Mathematics Minor
                Reading In The Elementary Grades Minor 
                Special Physical Education Minor

Secondary
Majors
Biology Major 
Chemistry Major 
Chemistry-Physics Major 
Earth Science Major 
English Major 
French Major 
Geography Major 
German Major 
History Major 
Integrated Science Major (no minor required) 
Mathematics Major 
Physical Education Major 
Physics Major 
School Health Education Major 
Social Studies: Geography Concentration (must minor in History)
Social Studies: Political Science Concentration (must minor in History)
Spanish Major 
Speech Major: Broadcast & Cinematic Arts Emphasis 
Speech Major: Generalist Emphasis 
Speech Major: IPC Emphasis 
Speech Major: TAI Emphasis 
Visual Arts Education Major (no minor required) 

Minors
 Biology Minor
 Chemistry Minor
 Earth Science Minor
 English as A Second Language Minor
 English Minor
 Geography Minor
 History Minor
 Mathematics Minor
 Physical Education Minor
 Physics Minor
 School Health Education Minor
 Speech Minor

Middle Level Education (MLE) Option: 
Select the following additional minor: 
Middle Level Education Minor

Special Education
Special Education Option A – 2 majors
Major Group I- Select one of the following majors: 
  Special Education Major: Cognitive Impairment 
  Special Education Major: Emotional Impairment 

Major Group II- Select one of the following majors:
                Biology Major 
                Chemistry Major 
                Chemistry-Physics Major 
                Earth Science Major 
                English Major 
                Geography Major 
                History Major 
                Mathematics Major 
                Physical Education Major 
                School Health Education Major 
                Spanish Major 

Option B – 1 Major & 2 Minors (one from Group I and one from Group II OR two from Group I)
Majors 
  Special Education Major: Cogni­tive Impairment 
  Special Education Major: Emo­tional Impairment 

Minors Group I 
  Biology Minor, Teaching Secondary 
  Chemistry Minor, Teaching 
  Earth Science Minor, Teaching 
  English Minor, Teaching Secondary 
  Geography Minor, Teaching 
  History Minor, Teaching Secondary 
  Mathematics Minor, Teaching Secondary 
  Physical Education Minor, Non-Teaching and Secondary 
  Physics Minor, Teaching 

Minors Group II 
  School Health Education Minor, Teaching 
  Speech Minor, Teaching Secondary 
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