Certifications

Elementary Certification

Albion offers programs leading to Michigan certification at the elementary level (grades K-8) in the following subject areas:

English/Language Arts
Integrated Science

Mathematics
Social Studies

Students accepted as candidates for elementary certification must:

  • Complete a planned program as specified below.
  • Complete all other requirements as specified by Albion’s Education Department.

Elementary Certification Program

Prerequisite courses for all certifications: Engl 101; Psyc 101; Science with a lab: Biol 195, Chem 107, Geol 101 or 103, Phys 105, or Biol 236 (summer only)

English/Language Arts Integrated Science Mathematics Social Studies
Educ 319
Engl 348
Hist 131
IDY 262
Math 104
Psyc 251
Sci 285
Educ 319
Engl 203*
Engl 348
Hist 131
IDY 262
Math 104
Psyc 251
Educ 319
Engl 203*
Engl 348
Hist 131
IDY 262
Psyc 251
Sci 285
Educ 319
Engl 203*
Engl 348
IDY 262
Math 104
Psyc 251
Sci 285
Professional sequence for all certifications: Educ 202 (1), Educ 203 (1), Educ 247 (1/2), Educ 259 (1), Educ 371 (1), Educ 372 (1/2), Educ 396 (1)**, Educ 421 (3), Educ 431 (1)

* Either English 101H or English 203 satisfies the planned program requirement.
** Course meets intermittently during the spring semester and intensively during three weeks in May, requires residence on campus, and is part of spring registration.

Course descriptions and prerequisites are listed under the respective departments. Numbers in parentheses indicate units of credit awarded. Students apply for formal acceptance and admission into the TEP during their sophomore year while enrolled in Education 203. If a student desires to do off-campus study, the ideal semester to do so is the fall of the junior year.

Interdisciplinary Major in Integrated Science—The integrated science major is primarily intended for students seeking a broad, cross-disciplinary understanding of the natural sciences. Students completing a major in integrated science are required to take courses in all the natural sciences and also to choose a minor in biology, chemistry, geology or physics. Minors are not endorsed. The detailed requirements for the major are available from an Education Department adviser.

Interdisciplinary Major in Social Studies (Elementary)—The social studies major is primarily intended for students seeking a broad, cross-disciplinary understanding of the social sciences. Students completing a major in social studies are required to take courses in anthropology and sociology, economics and management, geological sciences, history and political science. No minor is required. The detailed requirements for the major are available from an Education Department adviser.

Secondary/K-12 Certification

Albion offers programs leading to Michigan certification at the secondary level (grades 6-12) in the subject areas listed below and K-12 certification in French, German, Spanish and music.

The following are options for secondary teaching majors and minors:

Biology
Chemistry
Earth Science/Geology
English
French
German
History

Mathematics
Music
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Social Studies (major only)
Spanish

Students accepted for secondary and/or K-12 certification must:

  • Complete a teaching major of at least eight units;
  • Complete a teaching minor of at least five units;
  • Complete a sequence of pedagogy courses, including Education 338/9 or 348/9 or 358/9, 373 and 397;
  • Complete all other requirements as specified by the Education Department.

Pedagogy course(s) note: Students with a humanities (English, French, German, Spanish) major and minor take Education 339; students with a social science (history, political science, psychology) major and minor take Education 349; and, students with a mathematics/natural science (biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, mathematics) major and minor take Education 359. Otherwise, students with major and minors split between humanities, social science, and/or mathematics/natural science take the appropriate combination of Education 338, 348 and 358 for one unit total. Music students take pedagogy courses in the Music Department. Students should consult with their Education Department adviser to ensure they are taking the correct pedagogy courses.

Secondary/K-12 Certification Program
Year Fall Spring Summer
First Year Psyc 101* (1)
Sophomore Educ 202* (1)
Psyc 251* (1)
Educ 203* (1)
Junior Educ 338/9, 348/9*****,
358/9** (1)
Educ 396***
or Educ 397*** (1)
Senior Educ 371**** (1)
Educ 373* (1)
Educ 422 or 423* (3)
Educ 432* (1)

* May be taken either fall or spring semester.
** Discuss appropriate course(s) with Education Department adviser. Music students take pedagogy course work offered through the Music Department.
*** Education 396 required for K-12 certification; Education 397 required for secondary certification. Course meets intermittently during the spring semester and intensively during three weeks in May, requires residence on campus, and is part of spring registration.
**** K-12 certification requires Education 371 in addition to Education 373 for French, German and Spanish majors. Course offered fall semester only.
*****History and political science major and minor require Education 349.

Course descriptions and prerequisites are listed under the respective departments. Numbers in parentheses indicate units of credit awarded. Students apply for formal acceptance and admission into the teacher education program during their sophomore year, after completing Education 202. If a student desires to do off-campus study, the ideal semester to do so is the fall of the junior year.

Interdisciplinary Major in Social Studies (Secondary)—The social studies major is primarily intended for students seeking a broad, cross-disciplinary understanding of the social sciences. Students completing a major in social studies are required to take courses in anthropology and sociology, economics and management, geological sciences, history and political science. No minor is required. The detailed requirements for the major are available from an Education Department adviser.