Endorsements and Minors

Minors or special endorsements added to your degree can give you a competitive edge in the job market. These minors and endorsements are usually only available to students that are already enrolled in an accelerated degree program through Spring Arbor University.

Please note, graduate students may register for endorsement courses at $155 per credit hour.  

Child Welfare Endorsement

Child Welfare Endorsement

Spring Arbor University has been approved by the State of Michigan to offer the Child Welfare Endorsement to BSW students.  Students interested in being employed in the area of Child Welfare in the State of Michigan are encouraged to consider adding this endorsement to their transcript.  This endorsement will demonstrate the students’ increased training in the area of child welfare.  Students seeking the endorsement will be required to:

  • Complete SW 305 Human Behavior and the Social Environment with a C or better
    • SW 305 is part of the BSW required curriculum.
  • Complete SW 307 Child Welfare with a C or better
    • SW 307 is offered as an elective.  This class is offered once on main campus and once online per academic year.
  • Complete SW 341 Trauma Informed Child Welfare with a C or better
    • SW 341 is offered as an elective.  This class is available online only and is offered once per academic year.
  • Complete a 400 hour internship (SW 450) in the area of child welfare in the State of Michigan and receive a passing evaluation by their Field Instructor
    • SW 450 is part of the BSW required curriculum.
  • Complete SW 480 Senior Seminar with a C or better
    • SW 480 is part of the BSW required curriculum.

The State of Michigan has recognized Spring Arbor University’s BSW program, with these additional classes, as providing adequate training to students to meet many of the Child Welfare Training Institute’s Pre-Service Child Welfare Training learning objectives.  Therefore, students with this endorsement are approved for a decreased number of Pre-service training hours before being eligible to carry a full caseload.

Criminal Justice Endorsement/Minor

Criminal Justice Endorsement/Minor

The criminal justice endorsement or minoroffered through the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, is a springboard to a better job or a new career within the criminal justice system.

Spring Arbor University’s program integrates faith and learning to provide a unique experience. Classes cover a range of topics, including the nature and societal impact of crime, a historical overview of criminology theory, current issues and practices in criminal justice systems, and political, administrative, organizational and cultural differences in state and national criminal justice system. The criminal justice courses are offered online.

To get an in-depth look at the criminal justice endorsement or minor, to read course descriptions and see course layouts, view the course catalog, taken from the academic catalog.

English as a Second Language Minor

English as a Second Language Minor

Spring Arbor University students enrolled as an undergraduate at one of SAU’s off-site programs, who have a desire to teach English in community-based programs or abroad, may pursue an English as a Second Language minor, or add as an endorsement to their teaching certificate.

Community-based Minor

The 21-hour community-based minor minor prepares students to teach English as a second language to children and adults with varying degrees of English-speaking and writing proficiencies, who come from diverse backgrounds. Students are taught how to teach English listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Students will gain the skills necessary to meet the English-speaking needs of an ever-growing population of immigrants to the United States. The minor is also suitable for those looking to go abroad and teach English as a second language.

Students are required to have a practicum experience while enrolled in the program, which may include being sent into the student’s community to teach ESL.

Classes are delivered in a variety of ways including online, evening and weekend courses, as well as other convenient delivery modes that were developed with the working student in mind.

Teacher Education Students

Completion of this minor will allow teacher education candidates to add an ESL endorsement to their elementary or secondary teaching certification. Completion of the program for teacher education majors will be determined based on completion of all program courses, practicum experiences  and the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC). This program has been approved by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).

International Students

For international students enrolled on the main campus, who are interested in taking English as a second language courses, visit the Academic Student Connections website to learn about the different courses available to you.

Print the Informational Sheet

To get an in-depth look at the English as a second language endorsement and minor, to read course descriptions and see course layouts, view the course catalog, taken from the academic catalog.

Management of Health Care Systems Endorsement

Management of Health Care Systems Endorsement

The 12-hour Management of Health Care Systems endorsement, offered through the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, is a 12-credit program available to all students with at least junior standing.

Spring Arbor University’s program integrates faith and learning to provide a unique experience. Courses cover managerial accounting and fiscal planning of health care costs, the organization and administration of health care systems, leadership and motivational theory, organizational structures, vision-casting and motivational theory – applied to both individual and group situations, compliance issues (including HIPPA), and health care philosophies. Also, issues of aging, education, religion, health promotion and psychological wellness are examined for their impact on health care systems. The management of health care systems endorsement is only available online.

To get an in-depth look at the management of health care systems endorsement, to read course descriptions and see course layouts, view the course catalog, taken from the academic catalog.

Nonprofit Leadership and Administration Endorsement

Nonprofit Leadership and Administration Endorsement

Those looking to lead within the nonprofit sector will find the Nonprofit Leadership and Administration endorsement valuable as it provides the skills needed to carry out the missions of nonprofit organizations, both secular and faith-based.

The endorsement, offered exclusively online, is designed for all current senior level undergraduate students and all current graduate students with an interest in developing skills necessary for nonprofit administration. These courses will develop skill sets relevant to meeting the demands placed on nonprofit organization leaders such as budgeting, fundraising, market assessing, program evaluation and legal operating procedures. They will also become familiar with working with governing boards, lobbying for legislation and moral leadership.

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