Elementary Certification Teaching Major/Minor - Integrated Science

We’re helping future generations develop a passion and appreciation for science.

Do you have an innate curiosity about the natural world? Would you like to share that passion with young learners through hands-on experiments? This bachelor’s degree program in Science Studies prepares you for leading diverse classrooms in their study of science’s fundamental concepts and disciplines.

Pair your studies with elementary teacher certification and you’ll be qualified to teach all subjects in grades K-5 with the optionto become certified to teach science in grades 6-8. Either way, you’ll be part of a balanced program that combines academic studies, professional training, multiple field experiences in local schools, and thorough training in how to use technology in the 21st-century classroom.

And with successful completion of the program, you’ll earn both a bachelor’s degree and faculty recommendation for the Michigan Elementary Standard Certificate.

Major Requirements

A minimum of 33 semester hours from the following:

Required Courses 1
NSCI 231Inquiry: Physical Science (see Note #3 below)3
NSCI 232Inquiry:Earth/Planet Science (see Note #3 below)3
NSCI 233Inquiry: Life Science (see Note #3 below)3
EXPS 420Science Capstone3
NSCI 331Phy. Sci. & Everyday Thinking3
NSCI 332Inquiry: Mich Earth Science3
NSCI 333Inquiry: PBL in Life Science3
Electives
Physical Science4
Earth/Planetary Science4
Life Science4
Total Credit Hours33
1

BIOL 240/BIOL 242 and NSCI 120/NSCI 121 cannot be used for science credit.

Major Notes:

  1. 15 semester hours required at UM-Dearborn.
  2. 6 semester hours required in courses at the 300 level or above.
  3. Transfer students - 2 natural science courses may be transferred to UM-Dearborn:
    a) an introductory physical science will satisfy NSCI 231;
    b) an introductory earth/planetary science will satisfy 
    NSCI 232;
    c) an introductory life science course will satisfy 
    NSCI 233.
  4. Astronomy satisfies Earth/Planetary Science requirement.

Program Notes:

  1. Minimum GPA's are required for program completion: 2.75 cumulative, 2.75 in major, 2.75 in optional minor(s), and 2.75 in Professional Studies.
  2. Advising Policy:  The student is responsible for complying with requirements described in the Undergraduate Catalog as well as on the Four Phase Checklist.  Students are expected to meet with their College of Education, Health, and Human Services advisor at least once per year and in the term prior to graduation.
  3. Courses taken on a PASS/FAIL basis will NOT be accepted toward program completion.
  4. The minimum number of semester hours required to graduate is 120.
  5. CEHHS recommends successful program completers for State of Michigan Certification, however, it is ultimately up to the State of Michigan to issue certificates.  Certain offenses on a criminal record can keep individuals from obtaining teacher certification.  Please refer to The Revised School Code, Act 451 of 1976, section 380.1539b.
  6. Students must meet Dearborn Discovery Core requirements.  See http://umdearborn.edu/696973/ for details
 

Professional Requirements

The professional sequence of education courses consists of a minimum of 42 semester hours of credit. This concentration of study represents the core of your professional preparation. At least two practicums are required prior to student teaching. The semester hours are distributed as follows:

Foundations
EDA 340Foundations of American Ed3
Multicultural Education
EXPS 410Multicult in School and Soc3
Not Required for Early Childhood Majors
Psychology
EDC 300Educational Psychology3
EDC 412Social Devl/Pos Guidnce Techn (required for Early Childhood majors)3
or EDC 417 Mgmt of Classroom Behavior
EDC 460Educating the Exceptional Chld3
Not Required for Early Childhood Majors
Methodologies (See Note #1 below)
EDD 452Methods of Teaching Math K-83
EDD 468Teach Read/Lang Arts- Elem Grd 13
EDD 467Practicum in Reading Instruct 11
EDD 471Reading Instr: Models and Meth 13
EDD 485Teach Science in the Elem Grd3
EDD 491Soc Std Elem Grades Practicum1
EDD 495Social Studies in the Elem Grd3
Professional Semester (See Notes #3 & #5 below)
EDD 435Dir Teaching: Elementary Sch12
EDD 437Sem: Teaching Elementary Grds1
Total Credit Hours45

Notes:

  1. Enrollment in all the required EDD courses is open only to those who are officially admitted to and in good academic standing in the Teacher Certification Program at UM-Dearborn.  See Four-Phase Checklist for more information.
  2. Eligibility for directed teaching requires meeting all the requirements listed on the Four-Phase Checklist as well as submission of passing scores from the MTTC (Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification) subject area test: Elementary Education (#103).
  3. Recommendations for other certification endorsements require passing scores from relevant MTTC subject area tests.
  4. Minimum number of hours to graduate is 128 semester hours.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 21 semester hours from the following:

Required Courses 1
NSCI 231Inquiry: Physical Science (see Note #2 below)3
NSCI 232Inquiry:Earth/Planet Science (see Note #2 below)3
NSCI 233Inquiry: Life Science (see Note #2 below)3
EXPS 420Science Capstone3
NSCI 331Phy. Sci. & Everyday Thinking3
NSCI 332Inquiry: Mich Earth Science3
NSCI 333Inquiry: PBL in Life Science3
Total Credit Hours21
1

NSCI 120/NSCI 121 and / cannot be used for science credit.

Program Notes:

  1. A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for a minor.
  2. Transfer students - 2 natural science courses may be transferred to UM-Dearborn:
    a) an introductory physical science will satisfy 
    NSCI 231;
    b) an introductory earth/planetary science will satisfy 
    NSCI 232;
    c) an introductory life science course will satisfy 
    NSCI 233.
  3. Astronomy satisfies Earth/Planetary Science requirement.
  4. Advising Policy:  The student is responsible for complying with requirements described in the Undergraduate Catalog as well as on the Four Phase Checklist.  Students are expected to meet with their College of Education, Health, and Human Services advisor at least once a year and in the term prior to graduation.

  5. Courses taken on a PASS/FAIL basis will NOT be accepted toward program completion.
  6. In order to be recommended for endorsements, students must pass the appropriate MTTC exam in addition to completing the coursework.
  7. MTTC test scores must be reported by electronic delivery or direct mail from Pearson Evaluation Systems to the University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Education, Health, and Human Services.  No hand carried scores will be accepted.

Learning Goals

  1. Candidates for certification will be capable in their content specialty areas (teaching major(s)and/or minor(s)).
  2. Candidates for certification will be capable users of pedagogical knowledge.
  3. Candidates for certification will be reflective about their practice.