Accelerated CUAA Lower and Upper Elementary Education (Acc)
A candidate in the Lower and Upper Elementary program will become certified to teach in Pre-Kindergarten to 6th grade upon completion of the program and a passing score on the corresponding Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC). The Accelerated CUAA Lower and Upper Elementary Education program contains coursework that is entirely online with the exception of the clinical courses and student teaching.
The program standards are defined by the State of Michigan and are as follows:
Professional Standards: P.1. Learner - Center Supports, P.2. Ethics and Professional Growth, and P.3. Strategic Partnerships
Literacy Standards: L.1. Literacy Learning Environments, L.2. Culturally Responsive Practices in Literacy, L.3. Literacy Curriculum Design and Assessment, L.4. Overall Literacy, L.5. Motivation and Engagement, L.6. Print Concepts, L.7. Phonological Awareness, L.8. Phonics, L.9. Spelling, L.10. Word Recognition, L.11. Morphology, L.12. Syntax, L.13. Reading Fluency, L.14. Vocabulary, L.15. Handwriting, L.16. Comprehension, L.17. Composition, and L.18. Speaking and Listening
Mathematics Standards: M.1. Build and draw on relationships with children, caregivers, and communities in ways that support children's mathematics learning; M.2. Plan mathematics lessons and sequences of lessons; M.3. Use formative and summative mathematics assessments to gauge children's learning and to make instructional decisions; M.4. Enact instruction that allows all children to engage with significant mathematics and to develop productive dispositions toward mathematics; M.5. Unpack mathematical content and identify mathematical competence for attribution; M.6. Perform mathematical explanations and support children's mathematical explanations for attribution; M.7. Choose, interpret, and talk with representations for attributions; M.8. Elicit, interpret, support and extend others' mathematical thinking for attribution; M.9. Unpack mathematical content and identify mathematical competence for counting and whole number representation; M.10. Perform mathematical explanations and support children's mathematical explanations for counting and whole number representation; M.11 Choose, interpret, and talk with representations for counting and whole number representation; M.12. Elicit, interpret, support, and extend others' mathematical thinking for counting and whole number representation; M.13. Unpack mathematical content and identify mathematical competence for early fraction representation; M.14. Perform mathematical explanations and support others' mathematical explanations for early fraction representation; M.15. Choose, interpret, and talk with representations for early fraction representation; M.16. Elicit, interpret, support, and extend others’ mathematical thinking for early fraction representation; M.17. Unpack mathematical content and identify mathematical competence for whole number operations; M.18. Perform mathematical explanations and support children’s mathematical explanations for whole number operations; M.19. Choose, interpret, and talk with representations for whole number operations; and M.20. Elicit, interpret, support, and extend others’ mathematical thinking for whole number operations.
Science Standards: S.1. Scientific Phenomena; S.2. Engaging children in Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) as Identified in the Framework; S.3. Engaging Children in Developing and Using Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) as Identified in the Framework; S.4. Engaging Children in Developing and Using Crosscutting Concepts as Identified in the Framework; S.5. Selecting and modifying instructional materials for 3D learning; S.6. Children’s scientific sense-making; S.7. Pedagogical strategies that support culturally relevant sense-making in 3D learning; and S.8. Equity and Access
Social Studies Standards: SS.1. Civic Engagement; SS.2. History; SS.3. Geography; SS.4. Civics and Government; and SS.5. Economics.
For more information regarding these State standards please see the Standards for the Preparation of Teachers of Lower Elementary (PK-3) Education
For more information regarding these State standards please see the Standards for the Preparation of Teachers of Upper Elementary (3-6) Education
The School of Education has the following Program Outcomes:
SL1. Faith Integration: Candidates display the Christian principles that are central to the university’s mission.
SL2. Caring Relationships: Candidates establish caring, supportive relationships with students, families and colleagues.
RP3. Disciplinary Knowledge: Candidates demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the skills and frameworks of their content areas appropriate to their certification.
RP4. Pedagogy and Instruction: Candidates understand and implement best practices of instruction and deliver well-differentiated and well-aligned instruction that empowers students as learners.
RP5. Communication: Candidates demonstrated effective communication skills to enhance teaching and learning.
RP6. Assessment: Candidates use various types of assessment to evaluate student progress and to improve their instruction.
RP7. Classroom Environment: Candidates assess and respond appropriately to the cultures of diverse classrooms, schools, and the community.
LL8. Professionalism and Personal Growth: Candidates engage in continuous growth by consistently expanding their professional knowledge, skills and dispositions.
|Undergraduate Core Requirements - Public Education||44|
|Public Education Major||71|
|Public Education Electives||5|
|Undergraduate Core Requirements - Lutheran / Christian Teacher Diploma||47|
|Lutheran Teacher Diploma Major||77|
|Total Hours||120 - 124|
Core Curriculum - 44 - 47 Credits
Concordia Common Core
|Theology - Public Education|
|REL 100||The Bible||3|
|REL 110||Christian Faith||3|
|Theology - Lutheran (LTD)|
|REL 201||Old Testament||3|
|REL 203||New Testament||3|
|REL 204||Biblical Theology||3|
|Liberal Arts Core|
|CCE 110||Western Culture & Worldview||3|
|CCE 120||Western Thought & Worldview||3|
|CCE 140||Science & Humanity||3|
|Faith and Life Course||3|
|SCI 175||Introduction to Environmental Science||3|
|MATH 119||Number Sense: Teaching Pre K-9||3|
|GEOG 220||Cultural Geography||3|
|POLS 201||American Government||3|
|HHP 215||Fit & Well||2|
|ED 1103||Human Relations for Teachers||3|
|Human Creativity and Expression: Art, Music, Theater, Literature or Graphic Design Course||3|
|ENG 210||College Writing||3|
|Communication or Language Course||3|
Elementary Education Curriculum - 71 - 77 credits
|Elementary Education Content|
|ED 1231||Best Practices in Engaging Children in Literacy||3|
|HIST 151||American Civilization I||3|
|HIST 223||Michigan History||3|
|Professional Education Sequence|
|EDU 231||Teaching and Learning in Diverse Societies Elementary Clinical||1|
|ED 1275||Human Learning||3|
|EDU 241||Human Growth and Development Elementary Clinical||1|
|EDU 522||Designing Instruction||3|
|EDU 336||Designing Instruction for Student Success Elementary Clinical||1|
|EDU 524||Differentiated Instruction||3|
|EDU 366||Differentiation for All Learners Elementary Clinical||1|
|ED 1230||Nature of the Exceptional Child||3|
|EDU 395||Preparing for Student Teaching||1|
|Elementary Education Sequence|
|ED 2204||The Art & Science of Teaching Reading||3|
|ED 3401||Instruction & Assessment of Reading||3|
|ED 4307||Curriculum and Methods in Language Arts and Social Studies||3|
|ED 4308||Curriculum and Methods in STEM||3|
|Upper Elementary (Grades 3 to 6)|
|MATH 120||Data & Space: Teaching Pre K-9||3|
|ED 4301||Data Driven Analysis of Classroom Practice||2|
|EDU 381||Assessment and Evaluation for Educators Elementary Clinical||1|
|EDU 372||Elementary Literacy – Upper Elementary Clinical||1|
|EDU 377||Literacy Challenges – Upper Elementary Clinical||1|
|EDU 456||Language Arts & Social Studies – Upper Elementary Clinical||1|
|EDU 476||Math & Science – Upper Elementary Clinical||1|
|Lower Elementary (PreK to Grade 3)|
|EDU 310||Assessment of Young Children||3|
|EDU 312||Mathematics in Early Childhood||2|
|ED 2358||Emergent Writing: Birth to Grade 3||2|
|EDU 371||Elementary Literacy – Lower Elementary Clinical||1|
|EDU 376||Literacy Challenges – Lower Elementary Clinical||1|
|EDU 455||Language Arts & Social Studies – Lower Elementary Clinical||1|
|EDU 475||Math & Science– Lower Elementary Clinical||1|
|Internship (select for primary content)|
|EDU 484||Student Teaching for Lower Elementary||12|
|or EDU 485||Student Teaching for Upper Elementary|
|Lutheran (LCMS Members) Teacher Diploma Requirements|
|ED 2306||Teaching the Faith||3|
|REL 404||Lutheran Confessions||3|