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)

Courses

  • EN130 EdTech: Technology Basics for Educators (2)

    Offered fall and spring semesters. This course covers important, foundational topics related to educational technology and exposes teachers and future teachers to some of the many resources available to support K-12 teaching and learning. An emphasis is placed on resources for Michigan educators. Conducted entirely online, this course provides participants with the opportunity to experience and reflect on what makes online learning effective. Course readings, discussions, and activities address meaningful technology integration, active learning with, collaborative applications assessment of student learning, and the legal, ethical, and social issues surrounding teacher and student use of technology. Prerequisite: none. This course is open to all students.

  • EN201/EN501 Introduction to Education (3)

    Offered fall and spring semesters. This course is designed to help Aquinas students explore the profession of teaching, discover the cultural and political aspects of being an educator in today’s world, answer the questions about what it takes to be a high-quality teacher, and determine whether or not the teaching profession is the appropriate career choice. Students will attend weekly seminar sessions, engage in reading, reflective writing assignments, class discussions, and other learning activities/assessments, complete a 30 hour field placement, and participate in a minimum of four site visits as scheduled by the instructor during class hours.

  • EN207/EN507 Human Growth and Schooling (3)

    Offered fall and spring semesters. The content of this course includes (a) theories of human development and learning according to, for example, Skinner, Piaget, Erikson, Kohlberg, Goleman, Vygotsky, and brain development theorists, (b) preliminary applications of these theories in human contexts, especially classrooms, (c) beginnings of strategies for classroom instruction based on these theories, and (d) parent involvement to promote student learning at home. Field component: Variable; minimum of two (2) class observations.

  • EN209/EN509 Foundations of Education (3) WI

    Offered fall and spring semesters. The important ideas and issues in America’s schools today are the product of their past. This course will investigate these ideas and issues, particularly race, class, and gender relations in American society and their impact on public education. The course will begin with an overview of underlying philosophy systems, proceed through historical crises in American cities and schools, and consider current reform proposals and projects Field component: one (1) class observation.

  • EN290 Visual and Performing Arts for the Classroom Teacher (3)

    Offered fall and spring semesters. This unique course is designed for students seeking elementary teaching certification. Instruction will be delivered in a module format and cover four areas of visual and performing arts: art, music, dance, and theatre. Direct instruction in these areas will provide the foundation for a student led performance at the conclusion of the class. This performance will integrate all concepts taught and will ultimately provide students with a model that can be used in the elementary classroom. Prerequisite: EN 201/EN501 or Michigan Teaching Certificate. Field component: three (3) hours.

  • EN456/EN592 Multicultural Issues in Education (3)

    Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters. Multicultural Issues in Education provides a comprehensive overview of the theory and practice of multicultural education. Emphasis is given to valuing diversity, and applying multicultural anti-bias global perspectives. This course offers the opportunity for a lively discussion of controversial topics such as classicism, racism, sexism, and discrimination based on abilities, religion, language, and age. Prerequisite: EN201/EN501 or Michigan Teaching Certificate or may take during the same semester as EN201/501. Field component: minimum of six (6) hours.

  • EN301/EN561 Assessing Student Learning (3)

    Offered fall and spring semesters. This course develops conceptual and technical skills connected to assessment practices and strategies with an emphasis on measuring and advancing student learning. Topics addressed include authentic assessment practices, interpretation of standardized test results, the use of developmental screenings, formative and summative assessments, and assessing learners with special needs and learners from linguistically and culturally different backgrounds. Prerequisite: EN 201/EN501.

  • EN461/EN579 Inclusion I (3)

    Offered fall and spring semesters. Inclusive education begins with the philosophy behind education and the emergence of an inclusive educational approach to students with disabilities in the general education classroom. Appropriate instructional objectives will be examined that fit children and adolescents in an inclusive educational setting. Adaptations to the general education curriculum will be assessed and matched with the academic, social/emotional, physical and behavioral needs of the child or adolescent. The maintenance of conditions and strategies for suitable instruction will be linked to the learning goals of the individual student. The ability of the general education teacher to function as a member of the IEP team will be stressed in light of other important relationships such as those with parents, paraeducators and other teachers. Prerequisite: EN201/501 or Michigan Teaching Certificate, may take during the same semester as EN201/501. Field component: minimum of two (2) hours.

  • EN 466/EN566 Classroom Management (3)

    Offered fall and spring semesters. This course is designed to provide teacher candidates with the tools, strategies, and theories to successfully manage K-12 classrooms. Participants will learn to create collaborative classroom communities that intertwine with effective teaching and academic success through course activities that are linked to observations in K-12 classrooms. Participants learn how to create both student- oriented conflict management systems based on concepts of social justice, and positive support plans for students with specific behavioral needs. Participants then connect concepts of effective, engaging lesson and curriculum planning to create a holistic successful classroom management philosophy. Prerequisite: EN201/501. Field Component: fifteen (15) hours. Prerequisite: EN201/EN501 or Michigan Teaching Certificate. Field Component: 15 hours

  • EN444/EN520 Literacy I: Foundations (3)

    Offered fall and spring semesters. This course provides a foundation in the key concepts and principles related to the development of literacy broadly understood as reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will read extensively across theories and practices associated with the teaching and learning of literacy, become familiar with the tools used in the field, and observe literacy instruction in practice. Prerequisite: EN201/501 or Michigan Teaching Certificate, may take concurrently with EN201/501. Field component: fifteen (15) hours.

  • EN442/EN541 Literacy II: Assessment (3)

    Offered fall and spring semesters. This course presents a comprehensive study of formal and informal literacy assessment measures with an emphasis on assessments used by classroom teachers and school-based literacy specialists. Students will use assessment results to plan for instruction and intervention of reading difficulties. Emphasis will be placed on assessment procedures and analytical techniques, developing literacy goals based on assessment results, and interventions for struggling readers/writers. Students will assess K-12 students and develop appropriate individualized instructional plans based on students' strengths, challenges, and interests. Prerequisites: EN201/501 or Michigan Teaching Certificate and EN444/520. Field component: fifteen (15) hours.

  • EN440/EN540 Literacy III: Classroom Practice (3)

    Offered fall and spring semesters. This course provides an in-depth exploration of literacy instructional methods and materials across grade levels PK-5. Students will develop a standards-based unit of study in literacy, deepen their understanding of literacy assessment, participate in and analyze classroom literacy instruction, and review and evaluate literacy programs currently used in schools. Prerequisites: EN 444/EN520, EN 442/EN541; Field component: fifteen (15) hours.

  • EN495/EN595 Directed Student Teaching, Elementary School (9)

    Offered fall and spring semesters. A minimum fourteen-week internship in a local elementary school under the direct supervision of an experienced certified teacher. Weekly seminars and weekly journal writing, assigned readings, full-time teaching. Prerequisite: Acceptance by screening committee of the School of Education prior to enrollment in course and school placement. Must enroll in EN406/EN506 concurrently.

  • 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).

  • EN275/EN581 Science for Classroom Teachers (3)

    Offered spring semester. This is a course designed to strengthen competencies in the teaching of Science at elementary and middle school levels. This course will emphasize science content and best practices/strategies for the teaching of science. Learning in this course is constructive, inquiry-driven, and project based. Participants will work in small groups, perform investigations, discuss concepts and results, keep journals, and learn how to effectively utilize inexpensive, readily available materials and explore local resources. All course objectives are aligned with the Next Generation of Science Standards and the Michigan K-12 Framework for Science Education. Prerequisite: EN201/501 or Michigan Teaching Certificate. Field component: six (6) hours of observation in elementary/middle school science classrooms.

  • MS260 Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers I (3) MS

    Required of all elementary candidates. Not an education method elective. Students must prove algebra proficiency by either passing an algebra test or have taken a college algebra class within the past three years and earned a grade of “C” or better. Topics appropriate for grades K-8 include measurement, geometry, logic, and graphing. Emphasis is on constructing understanding through experience: exploring, extrapolating and explaining concepts and relationships. Problem solving, both in groups and individually, is a major theme. Prerequisite: MS111 or equivalent; may be taken concurrently with EN201 or complete EN201 as a prerequisite. Field component: fifteen (15) hours.

  • MS261 Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers II (3)

    Required of all elementary candidates. Not an education method elective. Topics appropriate for grades K-8 include number patterns, number theory, algebra, probability and data analysis. Emphasis is on constructing understanding through experience: exploring, extrapolating and explaining concepts and relationships. Problem solving, both in groups and individually, is a major theme. Prerequisite: EN201, MS260. Field component: fifteen (15) hours.

  • MS271 Mathematics Methods for Elementary and Middle School Teachers (3)

    Required of all elementary candidates. Not an education method elective. Course expands on the content from MS260 and MS261, examines the ways children learn and fail to learn mathematics, and emphasizes strategies for teaching and designing lessons. New content focuses on concepts and operations of whole numbers, rational numbers and proportional reasoning. Tutoring and teaching field experience requirement included. Prerequisite: EN201, MS260, and MS261; Field component: fifteen (15) hours

  • ES211 Microeconomic Principles (3) BE

    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) BE

    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 (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.