Spring Arbor University

Secondary & Elementary Education

The education program at Spring Arbor University prepares students to teach at the elementary and secondary levels through the discussion and application of the key concepts and skills of teaching. Our curriculum applies psychological and sociological principles to the theories and techniques of education.

SAU’s School of Education (SOE) has identified its “Effective Teaching Model” consisting of six integrated components anchored in and emerging from the SAU Concept. Each component represents one of the six domains for effective teaching.

Secondary Education

Students pursuing certification in secondary education can choose from the following majors and minors. Please note that these letter codes are the official certification codes used by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).

  • Major or Minor: Biology (DA), Chemistry (DC), English Education (BA), History (CC), Mathematics (EX), Spanish (FF), Speech and Drama (BD)
  • Minor only: French (FA), Physics (DE), Political Science (CD), Psychology (CE), Teaching English as a Second Language (NS)
  • Major only: Music Education (JQ), Social Studies (group, RX), Special Education: Learning Disabilities (SM)

Elementary Education

Students pursuing certification in elementary education can choose from the following majors and minors.

  • Major or Minor: Early Childhood (ZS), Language Arts (BX), Mathematics (EX), Spanish (FF)
  • Minor only: French (FA), Integrated Science (DI), Reading (BT), Teaching English as a Second Language (NS)
  • Major only: Social Studies (RX), Special Education: Learning Disabilities (SM)
  • Minor only (non-certification, no endorsement): Special Education (Non-Cert.)

Students desiring Michigan certification are responsible for meeting all certification requirements of the Michigan Department of Education and the State Board of Education, whether or not they are explicitly stated in the SAU catalog.

The SOE policies apply to all Spring Arbor University sites. However, procedures for carrying out certain policies may vary from site to site. Certain certifiable majors and minors are available at the main campus only. A student wishing to participate in these majors and minors must register for and attend classes at SAU’s main campus in Spring Arbor, Michigan.

For more information on the elementary and secondary education programs at Spring Arbor University, visit SAU’s School of Education webpage.

School of Education Promise

As the State of Michigan makes changes regarding teacher evaluation, Spring Arbor University’s SOE stands behind its promise to provide exemplary teacher preparation that will give graduates of both our undergraduate and graduate programs the solid footing that they’ll need to meet the ever-changing expectations for teachers.  The SOE is so confident in this, we have created the Spring Arbor University School of Education Promise.


Courses and Course Descriptions

To view course requirements and descriptions, see the undergraduate catalog.

Admission to the School of Education

Admission to the School of Education

The standards for admission to the SOE include those for admission to Spring Arbor University as well as other criteria specified by the SOE. Admission to the SOE is determined by a two-thirds vote, made by the education faculty present at the meeting at which the candidate is considered.

Students are held accountable to the policies and procedures outlined in the handbook in use at the time of application. Current handbooks are available at the SOE Office. Students will refer to the course requirements outlined in the academic catalog in use at their time of entry to SAU as they plan for graduation.

Michigan Department of Education Administrative Rules, state laws and changes in the requirements of accreditation bodies (such as CAEP) supersede any requirements printed in the catalog or student handbook. For more information, visit our SOE admissions and requirements webpage.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Elementary certification allows graduates to teach all subjects for kindergarten through grade five, as well as his or her major or minor disciplines for grades six, seven and eight. Secondary certification allows graduates to teach in his or her major or minor disciplines for grades six through twelve. The available K-12 endorsement for students of elementary education is Special Education: Learning Disabilities. Available K-12 endorsements for students of secondary education are Music Education and Special Education: Learning Disabilities.