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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary Education, B.S.

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Students who wish to pursue an elementary education major are admitted with pre-elementary education status. Students who hold a baccalaureate degree in another discipline seeking a second undergraduate degree must meet the undergraduate degree program requirements, excluding General Education Requirements. After admission, students meet for course selection with Academic Advisers in the SEHS Advising Office.

Admission to the major

Admission to major standing in Elementary Education is required before taking professional education courses. Elementary education students plan their course work with an adviser in the SEHS Advising Office.

The program seeks students who are committed to teaching in diverse schools or districts. Meeting the minimum course requirements does not guarantee admission to the major. Qualitative criteria may be required as well. Underrepresented students are especially encouraged to apply. Minimum criteria for admission to the elementary education major are:

  1. A cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.80 or higher at Oakland University
  2. Complete EED 2000 with a minimum grade of B
  3. Complete or place out of MTH 0662 with a minimum grade of C
  4. Complete WRT 1060 with a minimum grade of B
  5. Read and sign, acknowledging a duty to uphold the Michigan Code of Educational Ethics
  6. Submission of a completed major standing application to the SEHS Advising Office.

Students can apply for major standing during the semester they are taking EED 2000.

Major standing will be approved pending successful completion of all requirements.

Schedule of Classes

Requirements for the major in elementary education, B.S.

Admission to major standing is required before beginning the professional sequence Students using this catalog to meet major requirements may also use any course subsequently approved as satisfying requirements and published in a later catalog.

General Education courses

General Education requirements:  In order to graduate on-schedule without taking additional courses, it is highly recommended that students meet with an Undergraduate Academic Adviser concerning the selection of all of their general education courses.

Each candidate for an Oakland University baccalaureate will need to satisfactorily complete approved courses in each of the following areas: Foundation, Exploration, Integration, Writing, and U.S. Diversity. For details, refer to the General Education section of the catalog.

In order to satisfy both general education and other program requirements, students are recommended, but not required, to select from the General Education designated courses listed below:


  •  WRT 1060 - Composition II

Formal Reasoning:

  • MTE 2111- Mathematics for Elementary Education II


  • Arts - THA 1000- Introduction to Theatre
  • Language and Culture - LIN 1101- The Humanity of Language
  • Global Perspective - GEO 2000 Global Human Systems
  • Literature - choose any approved course
  • Natural Science and Technology - BIO 1002 Human Biology or PHY 1060 Earth Science
  • Social Science- PS 1100 - Introduction to American Politics
  • Western Civilization - HST 1100- Introduction to American History Before 1877 or HST 1200 Introduction to American History Since 1877


  • Knowledge Application - JRN 2000 Introduction to Journalism and News Writing, WRT 3062 Writing Center Studies and Tutoring Practice, WRT 3064 Writing About Culture: Ethnography, or WRT 3086 Workshop in Creative Non-Fiction (these classes also satisfy the Writing Intensive in General Education requirement)
  • Writing Intensive in Major and U.S. Diversity General Education requirements are met with EED 3100

To earn the BS degree, students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits

A minimum of 45 credits must be completed at Oakland University

A minimum of 32 credits must be at the 3000 level or above

  • Meet University General Education Requirements 

Earn a minimum grade of C in each general education course

Earn a minimum grade of B in WRT 1060 Composition II

  • Complete the pre-professional and professional education coursework with B or better in each course unless otherwise noted

Program notes

In order to be recommended for a Michigan Teaching Certificate, in addition to the B.S. requirements, candidates must successfully complete their assigned Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification and be in compliance with all legal requirements for Michigan certification.

Field Placements

Field placements are required in all reading, seminar, and some pre-professional classes. Field assignments connected to mathematics, science, and social studies are required in each of the methods courses. The Office of School and Field Services arranges placements, including placement in culturally and economically diverse school districts. Depending on school district requirements, students may be required to be fingerprinted and have a state police and FBI background check, at their expense, before beginning a field placement.

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