Religion Major (B.A.)(Combined B.A./M.A.T. with Teacher Certification in Grades K-6 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities)

The Dual Degree Dual Certification program is a 5-year program that leads to teacher certification in Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-6, teacher certification in Teacher of Students with Disabilities, a baccalaureate degree and a master’s degree. Interested students must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program as an undergraduate. Students must successfully complete the undergraduate portion of the program in order to be admitted to the Graduate School and complete the one-year master’s portion of the program.

Please visit the Teacher Education Program website for the required undergraduate professional sequence of courses, overall course outline, 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 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 credits may be required depending upon the major field of study.

Program Requirements

Major 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
Ideals of Peace
Myth, Meaning and Self
Approaches
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Religion
Religion and Culture
Philosophy of Religion
Religion and Psychology
Women and Religion
Religion and Society
Religious Ethical Thinkers
Theology
Global Religious Traditions
RELG 100Religions of the World3
Select three of the following:9
Buddhism
Hinduism
Taoism
Religion in North America
Asian Religions
Islamic Religious Traditions
African Religions
African-American Religion
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
Required Graduate Courses
ECSE 508Strengthening Partnerships with Families of Children with Disabilities 13
ECSE 536Observation and Assessment of Elementary Age Children with Disabilities 13
READ 515Literacy Strategies for the Inclusive Elementary Classroom 13
Total Credits42

Teacher Ed Program Requirements (BA/MAT) 

Pre-Professional Sequence
Pre-Professional Requirements
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
ECEL 200Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy3
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education3
FCST 214Child Development I3
MTHM 201Mathematics in Elementary Schools I3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
Health for Teacher Education
Select one of the following: 23-4
Biological Sciences
Biology for Survival
The Biology of Human Life
Human Heredity
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology I
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology II
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Genetics
Personal Health Issues
Injury Prevention and Emergency Care
Study of Human Diseases
Perspectives on Drugs
Mental Health
Human Sexuality
Health Education Methods
School Health and Community Services
Counseling Skills for Public Health Professionals
Honors Seminar in Science
Honors Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Science
Principles and Practice of Emergency Care
Nutrition
Professional Sequence
Undergraduate Professional Sequence I
FCST 314Child Development II: Adolescence3
MTHM 302Mathematics in Elementary Schools II3
READ 399Early Literacy Development and Instruction3
ECEL 279Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education3
Undergraduate Professional Sequence II
ECEL 408Social Studies and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms3
ECEL 418Social and Cultural Context of Families and Communities3
ECSE 305Development and Learning in Children With and Without Disabilities3
Undergraduate Professional Sequence III
ECEL 427Explorations: Science, Math, and Technology in the Elementary Classrooms3
ECSE 439Pedagogy in the Inclusive Elementary Classroom3
READ 408Literacy in the Elementary Grades3
Required Graduate Courses
ECSE 508Strengthening Partnerships with Families of Children with Disabilities 13
ECSE 536Observation and Assessment of Elementary Age Children with Disabilities 13
READ 515Literacy Strategies for the Inclusive Elementary Classroom 13
Total Credits60-61
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Course will also count toward the MAT portion of this program.

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Or pass the MSU Health Knowledge Test available through the Center of Pedagogy.