Becoming an elementary school teacher in Michigan requires a bachelor's or master's degree in elementary education. These programs sometimes offer content area specializations in areas like fine arts, foreign language, math, science, social studies and English. Bachelor's programs can take up to five years, while master's programs can be completed in as little as one year. These programs incorporate extensive field experiences and a period of student teaching. Many programs lead to state teacher certification, which is required to work as an elementary teacher at a public school.
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Serving over 41,000 students, the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus is one of the largest schools to offer elementary teaching degree programs in Michigan. In 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked the university 29th overall among national universities. UM - Ann Arbor's School of Education was ranked in the top ten with several of its programs also achieving this recognition, including the elementary teacher education bachelor's program, which was ranked seventh nationally.
Students in the bachelor's program complete a teaching major and minor or two teaching majors. This program lasts four terms and requires completing field experiences, in which students observe classroom activities, and participating in a student-teaching experience. Students take general studies courses in humanities, natural science, social science, mathematics and creative arts to teach in K-8 settings.
The school's 12-month master's degree program also offers a variety of teaching majors. The program provides extensive internship experience in a K-8 classroom through part-time work and student teaching. Participants in this program also engage in a summer elementary school program and assist cooperating teachers with curriculum development. Students take courses covering teaching methods for math, reading and social studies, educational reform and reflective teaching.
Michigan State University
Founded in 1855, Michigan State University (MSU) sits on a 5,200-acre campus in East Lansing, MI. Ranked 79th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in 2011, MSU has several well-recognized programs. Its College of Education was ranked 17th nationally. The college offers a bachelor's degree program in elementary teacher education that leads to certification, as well as a variety of graduate programs for elementary school teachers in teaching and curriculum and special education.
Undergraduates earn elementary education certification through a nationally accredited 5-year bachelor's degree program. Teaching majors and minors are available in a variety of fields. Students complete general education, elementary education and teacher preparation courses. Learning theories, teaching methods, social issues and educational psychology are additional topics covered. The program culminates with a postgraduate 1-year teaching internship.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||4-year, public; midsize city|| BA or BS in Elementary Teacher Education
Elementary Master of Arts with Certification
|$13,856 (in-state), $43,476 (out-of-state)*|
|Michigan State University||4-year, public; small city||BA in Elementary Education||$13,560 (in-state), $36,360 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator