Psychology Major with Teacher Certification in Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-6 (B.A.)

Students who wish to pursue K-6 teacher certification in Elementary Education must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Please visit the Teacher Education Program website for the required professional sequence of courses and other important Program requirements, guidelines, and procedures. Students also are strongly advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook.

A minimum of 120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA; however more than 120 credits may be required depending upon the major field of study.  Major GPA requirements differ depending on field of study. Consult the Teacher Education Program Handbook for more information.

Psychology majors must earn a grade of C- or above in all Psychology courses. Psychology course in which grades of less than C- are earned must be repeated and brought up to a minimum grade of C- or they will not count toward the major.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 42 credits of General Education requirements and 3-9 credits of World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Complete the following with minimum grades of C-:

Required Courses
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 203Introduction to Psychological Research3
PSYC 220Introduction to Statistical Methods in Psychology4
PSYC 301Experimental Psychology4
Electives
Biological Basis of Behavior
Select one of the following:3
Physiological Psychology
Perception
Comparative Animal Behavior
Motivation
Cognition
Select one of the following:3
Cognition
Human Learning and Memory
Psycholinguistics
Fundamentals of Conditioning and Learning
Personality
Select one of the following:3
Developmental Psychology I
Psychological Foundations of Personality
Abnormal Psychology
Social/Applied
Select one of the following:3
Health Psychology
Social Psychology
Psychology Of Work: Personnel Psychology
Psychology 0f Work: Organizational Psychology
Clinical Psychology
School Psychology
Advanced and 200 Level Electives
Select 12 credits from the list (see below)12
Total Credits38

Advanced and 200 Level Electives

Advanced Electives
Select 6-12 credits from the following:
PCOM 385Advanced Community Psychology: Externship3
PCOM 387Methods in Evaluation Research4
PSYC 300The Teaching of Psychology3
PSYC 310Introduction to Psychological Testing3
PSYC 314Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making3
PSYC 324Contemporary Issues in Child Advocacy3
PSYC 330Forensic Psychology3
PSYC 360History and Systems of Psychology3
PSYC 366Health Psychology: Applications to the Community3
PSYC 375Evolutionary Psychology3
PSYC 402Systems of Psychotherapy3
PSYC 488Seminar in Cognitive Science3
PSYC 496Psychology Honors II4
If not already used, the following may also be taken:
PSYC 302Health Psychology3
PSYC 304Social Psychology3
PSYC 305Physiological Psychology3
PSYC 306Psychology Of Work: Personnel Psychology3
PSYC 307Psychology 0f Work: Organizational Psychology3
PSYC 308Perception3
PSYC 313Cognition3
PSYC 320Developmental Psychology I3
PSYC 332Psychological Foundations of Personality3
PSYC 340Human Learning and Memory3
PSYC 348Psycholinguistics3
PSYC 353Comparative Animal Behavior3
PSYC 354Clinical Psychology3
PSYC 355Motivation3
PSYC 358Fundamentals of Conditioning and Learning3
PSYC 365Abnormal Psychology3
200 Level and Other Major Electives
Select 0-6 credits from the following:
PCOM 245Introduction to Community Psychology3
PCOM 391Cooperative Education in Psychology4-9
PSYC 201Child Psychology3
PSYC 202Adolescent Psychology3
PSYC 224Children's Rights and Child Advocacy3
PSYC 225Psychology of Adjustment3
PSYC 227Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality3
PSYC 230Environmental Psychology3
PSYC 231Psychology of Aggression3
PSYC 235Psychology of Exceptional Children and Youth3
PSYC 245Hispanic/Latino Psychology3
PSYC 246Psychology of the Black Experience3
PSYC 248Psychology and Law3
PSYC 265Psychology of Women3
PSYC 268Psychological Aspects of Aging3
PSYC 294Psychology of Leadership: Theory and Application3
PSYC 420Packaged Computer Programs for Psychology1
PSYC 459Special Topics in Psychology3
PSYC 491Independent Study I: Research1-3
PSYC 492Independent Study II: Research1-3
PSYC 495Psychology Honors I4
One of the following may also be used:
CMPT 288Introduction to Cognitive Science3
LNGN 288Introduction to Cognitive Science3
PHIL 288Introduction to Cognitive Science3
PSYC 288Introduction to Cognitive Science3

Teacher Ed Program Requirements (K-6) 

Required Course Work
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement 13
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology 13
FSHD 214Child Development I3
ECEL 200Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy 13
EDFD 221Historical Foundations of American Education3
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education 13
MTHM 201Mathematics in Elementary Schools I3
Pass the MSU Health Knowledge Test available through the Center of Pedagogy or complete a course from the list below.3-4
Professional Sequence
First Semester Junior Year
FSHD 314Child Development II: Adolescence3
MTHM 302Mathematics in Elementary Schools II3
READ 399Early Literacy Development and Instruction3
ECEL 279Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education3
Second Semester Junior Year
ECSE 339Pedagogy in the Inclusive Elementary Classroom3
ECEL 408Social Studies and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms3
First Semester Senior Year
ECEL 410Clinical Experience I: Inclusive Elementary and Early Childhood Classrooms2
ECEL 412Seminar I: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms1
READ 408Literacy in the Elementary Grades3
ECEL 427Explorations: Science, Math, and Technology in the Elementary Classrooms3
Second Semester Senior Year
ECEL 414Clinical Practice II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms9
ECEL 421Seminar II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms3
Total Credits63-64

Physiology/Hygiene Course

BIOL 100Biological Sciences4
BIOL 107Biology for Survival3
BIOL 110The Biology of Human Life4
BIOL 215Human Heredity3
BIOL 240Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology I3
BIOL 241Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIOL 243Human Anatomy and Physiology4
BIOL 380Genetics4
HLTH 101Personal Health Issues3
HLTH 207Injury Prevention and Emergency Care3
HLTH 208Study of Human Diseases3
HLTH 213Perspectives on Drugs3
HLTH 220Mental Health3
HLTH 290Human Sexuality3
HLTH 330Health Education Methods3
HLTH 411School Health and Community Services3
HLTH 430Counseling Skills for Public Health Professionals3
HONP 210Honors Seminar in Science4
HONP 211Honors Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Science3
HPEM 150Principles and Practice of Emergency Care3
NUFD 182Nutrition: A Socioecological Perspective3