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Major/Minor Information
​​​Major/Minor Information

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

The major/minor authorization forms are standard university forms used to list the courses required for your major(s) and minor(s). They are signed by a faculty advisor in your chosen major/minor's department. 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.

Other requirements for teacher education 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.

Faculty Advisor Major/Minor List
Selecting a Major/Minor
Some majors are available at the secondary level and others at the elementary level. Think about what subject(s) you really like to study and enjoy learning-if you think the subject is important and exciting,  so will the students.

If you're seeking an elementary certificate, there are a number of options to choose from. Check out the Bachelor of Science in Education degree section - Elementary Emphasis in your Undergraduate Bulletin, for a list of teachable majors/minors and degree requirements.

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

If you do not find your preferred major or minor on CMU's list, talk to an academic advisor in the Academic Advising Services Office in the Bovee University Center.

Elementary
Major Option 1
Select a major from the following: 
Early childhood development and learning
Integrated science
Language arts 
Mathematics 
Social studies: geography concentration 
Social studies: history concentration 

Minors Option 2 
Select two minors from the following:  
Students may not select both Language arts and reading in the elementary grades minors together. 
Integrated science
Language arts
Mathematics 
Reading in the elementary grades 

Additional Minor Option: 
Early childhood development and learning
English as A Second Language Minor
Middle Level Education Minor
Physical Education Minor

Major Option 3: Special Education:

Choose a major from the following. A minor is optional.  
Special education: cognitive impairment 
Special education: emotional impairment 

Minors (optional): 
Early childhood  development and learning 
Integrated science 
Language arts 
Mathematics
Reading in the elementary grades 
Special physical education

Secondary
Majors
Biology
Chemistry
Chemistry-Physics
Earth science
English
French
Geography
History​
Integrated science (no minor required)
Mathematics
Physical education
Physics
School health education
Social studies: geographic concentration (must minor in history)
Social studies: political science concentration (must minor in history)
Spanish
Speech
Visual arts education (no minor required)

Minors
Biology
Chemistry
Earth Science
English as a second language
English
Geography
History
Mathematics
Physical education
Physics
School health education
Speech

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

Special Education
Special Education Option A – 2 majors 
Major Group I
Select one of the following majors: 
Special education: cognitive impairment 
Special education: emotional impairment 

Major Group II 
Select from the following majors:
Biology
Chemistry 
Chemistry-Physics 
Earth science 
English 
Geography 
History 
Mathematics 
Physical education 
School health education
Spanish

Option B: 1 Major and 2 Minors 
(one from Group I and one from Group II OR two from Group I)
Majors 
Special Education: cogni­tive impairment 
Special Education: emo­tional impairment 

Minors Group I 
Biology, teaching secondary 
Chemistry, teaching 
Earth science, teaching 
English, teaching secondary 
Geography, teaching 
History, teaching secondary 
Mathematics, teaching secondary 
Physical education, non-teaching and secondary 
Physics, teaching 

Minors Group II 
School health education, teaching 
Speech, teaching secondary ​​
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