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
Mathematics

Integrated Science
Social Studies

Students accepted as candidates for elementary certification must:

  • Complete a departmental teaching major of at least eight units.
  • Complete all other requirements as specified by Albion's Education Department.

Elementary Certification Program

English Language Arts Integrated Science Mathematics Social Studies
Prerequisite courses: Engl 101; Psyc 101; Science with a lab (Biol 195, Chem 107, Geol 101 or 103, Phys 105, or Biol 236 (summer only))
Engl 348
IDY 262
Hist 131
Math 104
Phed 319
Psyc 251
Sci 285
Engl 203*
Engl 348
Hist 131
IDY 262
Math 104
Phed 319
Psyc 251
Engl 203*
Engl 348
Hist 131
IDY 262
Phed 319
Psyc 251
Sci 285
Engl 203*
Engl 348
IDY 262
Math 104
Phed 319
Psyc 251
Sci 285
Professional Sequence

Educ 201 (1)
Educ 202 (1)
Educ 247 (.5)
Educ 259 (1)
Educ 371 (1)
Educ 372 (.5)
Educ 396 (1)**
Educ 421 (3)
Educ 431 (1)

* Either English 101H or English 203 satisfies planned program requirement.
** Course meets intermittently through spring semester and intensively during three-and-a-half weeks in May, requires residence on campus, and is signed up for as part of the spring semester.

Course descriptions and prerequisites are listed in this catalog 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 201. 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 non-endorsable. The detailed requirements for the major are provided in this catalog or are available from the Education Department.

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 provided in this catalog or are available from the Education Department.

Secondary 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/Space Science (Geology)
English
French
German
Health (minor)

History
Mathematics
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
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; Pedagogy course(s) note: Students with a humanities (English and the world languages—French, German, Spanish) major and minor take 339, students with a social science (history, political science, psychology) major and minor take 349, and students with a mathematics/science (biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, mathematics) major and minor take 359. Otherwise, students with major and minors split between humanities, social science, and/or mathematics/science take the appropriate combination of 338, 348 and 358 for one unit total. Music and health education students take pedagogy courses in their respective departments. Students should consult with their education advisers to ensure they are taking the correct pedagogy courses.
  • Complete all other requirements as specified by the Education Department.

 

Secondary/K-12 Certification Program
Year Fall Spring Summer
First Year Psyc 101* (1)
Sophomore Educ 201* (1)
Psyc 251* (1)
Educ 202* (1)
Junior Educ 338/9, 348/9,
358/9** (1)
Educ 397*** (1)
Senior 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 and health students take pedagogy course work offered through their major departments.
    *** Course meets intermittently during spring semester and intensively during three-and-a-half weeks in May, requires residence on campus, and is signed up for as part of part of the spring semester.

    Students pursuing K-12 certification in music, French, German and Spanish are required to take Education 396: Boundary Crossings in Elementary Schools and Educ 371: Literacy Pedagogy in the Elementary School.

    Course descriptions and prerequisites are listed in this catalog under the respective departments. Numbers in parentheses indicate units of credit awarded. Students apply for formal acceptance and admission into the Education Program during their sophomore year, after completing Education 201. 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 provided in this catalog or are available from the Education Department.