Religious Studies 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.

Program Requirements

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

Texts
Select two of the following:6
Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures
New Testament/Christian Scriptures
Asian Texts
Study in Religious Texts
Study in Religious Texts
Issues
Select two of the following:6
Death, Dying and Afterlife
Religion and Ethical Issues
Religion and Social Activism
The Holocaust: Religious Perspectives
Study in Religious Issues
Feminist Views of Religion
Religion and Peacemaking
Myth, Meaning and Self
Approaches
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Religion
Religion and Culture
Women and Religion
Religion and Society
Religious Ethical Thinkers
Theology
Philosophy of Religion
Psychology of Religion
Global Religious Traditions
RELG 100Religions of the World3
Select three of the following:9
Buddhism
Hinduism
Taoism
Religion in the United States
Asian Religions
Islamic Religious Traditions
African Religions
Africana Religions in the Americas
Native American Religion
Religion in Latin America
Study in World Religions
Spirituality and Mysticism
Seminar
Select one of the following:3
Study in World Religions
Religion and Society
Study in Religious Issues
Seminar
Total Credits33

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