Teaching Grades PK6 Teaching Grades PK6

Teaching Grades PK-6 Major
B.S. Ed. (Standard Certificate, Major)

Program Overview

The purpose of the Teaching Grades PK-6 major is to prepare educators to address the needs of the whole child; use relevant, research-based criteria to establish a supportive, engaging environment that fosters, learning; and use practices that meet the needs of all learners. This Learner-Centered major prepares the educator in areas of Literacy, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies to teach students in grades PK-6 in a self-contained classroom or departmentalized setting.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On Campus
Program Length: 4 Years
Credit Hours: 81

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Students can select a combined major that will allow them to teach all grades in most elementary schools. The Teaching PK-6 major is designed to prepare educators to teach preschool through sixth grade.  The purpose of this Teaching Grades PK-6 major is to prepare educators to address the needs of the whole child; use relevant, research-based criteria to establish a supportive, engaging environment that fosters, learning; and use practices that meet the needs of all learners.  

  • Combines both the Pk-3 and 3-6 certification bands.
  • Students take courses that focus on early childhood development, reaching diverse learners, classroom management, teaching in inclusive settings, reading diagnostics, numeracy, assessment, and content area pedagogy.
  • Courses scaffold experiences with Core Teaching Practices with a strong focus on creating teachers that can meet the whole-child needs of a diverse set of learners.
  • Courses integrate multiple types of field experiences. Students will work with artifacts of practice (videos of teaching, student work, lesson plans) as well as reflect on their multiple experiences in the field at various grade levels.
  • Opportunities for study away and study abroad.

Program Highlights

CAEP Accreditation advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen teacher education programs.

Clinical Experiences represent the heart of our education preparation program and provide a wide array of opportunities for teacher candidates and other education professionals to refine, polish, and strengthen practice

The Literacy Center at CMU represents a dynamic partnership between Central Michigan University and the surrounding central Michigan region. Support area students and their families by providing instructional services in reading and writing and providing undergraduate teacher candidates and graduate students the opportunity to acquire and hone their skills and knowledge in literacy diagnosis and remediation.

Global Experiences take students to locations such as Westport Ireland, Dominican Republic, and more.  Students ready to student teach and those early in their teacher education program will explore new teaching environments with a diverse classroom and unique learning opportunities. 

Scholarships are available each academic year through the Department of Teacher and Special Education to teacher education students.

STEM Education is CMU's Center for Excellence in STEM Education (CESE) that positively impacts mathematics, science, and engineering educators at all levels in Michigan and beyond through innovative partnerships, programs, and professional development opportunities.

2 + CMU Partnership Program for Teacher Education is an off-campus program that offers an opportunity to earn PreK-6 teacher certification in an area close to home. Students work with one of our partnering community colleges to complete a 2 + CMU transfer guide and then transfer to CMU to complete the B.S. in Education through CMU Online.

Careers & Outcomes

B.S. in Ed; Teaching Grades PK-6 allows you to work as an elementary school classroom teacher, while also preparing you for additional career options.

Career Projected Salary
Elementary School Teacher $61,350
Preschool/Childcare Teacher $35,330
Reading Teacher $49,965
Substitute Teacher $35,142

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