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Elementary Education (BA)


Students in the Elementary Education program are trained to be enthusiastic, passionate and supportive of all young minds. This program focuses on building relationships within the classroom and exploring a combination of well-developed experiences, both via observing talented teachers and actively establishing skills to help guide tomorrow's leaders. All Elementary Education majors are able to pursue their degree in one of two ways: Whether it be earning a double major in education and a specific content area (integrated science, language arts, social studies, etc.) or completing a double major in education and a comprehensive content area, with a focus on a specialty (early childhood education, special education, etc.). With SVSU's low student-to-faculty ratio and special emphasis on equipping educators with extra field placement hours—graduates are uniquely qualified to enter today's highly competitive job market. Through the pursuit of an education degree at SVSU, students don't just transform children into doers and thinkers—they teach them to believe in themselves and in their dreams.

Cardinal Points

  • SVSU's Elementary Education Program is Nationally Recognized by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI).

  • Elementary Education students have diverse field experiences in city, suburban and rural settings before student teaching—applying theory to practice. 

  • SVSU hosts the Annual Educator Leadership Institute, a three-day conference, which consists of a wide range of workshops and speakers focusing on the K-12 education system.

  • SVSU recently received a $99,672 grant from the Michigan Department of Education’s MiSTEM Advisory Council to train elementary school teachers in engaging STEM education strategies.

At SVSU, all Elementary Education majors can pursue their degree in one of two ways:

1.) Earn a double major in education and a specific content area (integrated science, language arts, mathematics or social studies).

2.) Double major in education and a comprehensive content area with a specialty that may be a major or minor. The specialties are early childhood education, special education, English as a second language, French or Spanish.

The options for a cardinal are nearly limitless but, with the passionate support and encouragement from professors, students are better able to prepare for their career in Elementary Education.

Highlighted Courses

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Year 4

Key Electives

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Our Students After Graduation...


Bay City Public Schools
Freeland Community Schools
Akron-Fairgrove Schools
Bullock Creek School District
Bangor Township Schools
Swan Valley Community Schools
Saginaw Township Community Schools
Lansing School District
Island City Academy
L'Anse Creuse Public Schools
Memphis Community Schools
Yale Public Schools
Owosso Public Schools

Graduate Programs

Harvard University
Saginaw Valley State University
Central Michigan University
Michigan State University
University of Michigan
Oakland University

Career Opportunities

7th Grade ELA Teacher/Reading Specialist
Title 1 Teacher - K-5
Spanish K-4 Teacher
Elementary/Middle School Specialists (Mathematics, Science, Special Education, English as a Second Language, etc.)

  • 3%: projected growth for the employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers with a bachelor’s degree through 2026. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $57,980 is the median yearly pay for kindergarten and elementary school teachers in the U.S.  (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • With a bachelor’s degree from SVSU’s Elementary Education program, career doors are open to a multitude of teaching positions in pre-school, elementary, middle or secondary classrooms. Likewise, graduates could pursue administrative positions such as principalship or superintendency.

Cardinal Successes

The stories below provide an insight into how students have turned their SVSU education into successful opportunities yielding real-world success.

Mallory Rivard Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education Majors

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