Elementary/Middle Social Studies

Western Michigan University's elementary professional education program includes coursework and experiences leading to a Michigan K-8 certification. You can also major in elementary/middle school social studies by taking additional coursework in the social studies content areas.

This program will provide you with:

  • The opportunity to be part of a program cohort where support and guidance are made available.
  • Ample opportunity to work with children in our public schools, grades K-8.
  • A part-time pre-internship where you will work with mentor teachers two full days a week.
  • A full-time internship that will be your culminating teaching experience.
  • The development of an electronic portfolio to represent professional expertise and experience.

Beyond the classroom

As an elementary education student at WMU, you will be required to complete a full-semester internship under the mentorship of selected teachers in partnership schools and teacher educators from WMU. The internship is designed to prepare you not only for your role as a classroom teacher, but also as a professional studying your own teaching practice, participating in site-based decision making, and coordinating your work with teachers and other members of the school community. Both school and University faculty will work closely together to support and assist you as you progress through the semester.

You can also gain valuable networking and professional development opportunities through student and community organizations, including the education honor society Kappa Delta Pi.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in elementary education are working as:

  • Athletic coaches
  • Community program directors
  • Curriculum specialists
  • Educational administrators
  • Social studies teachers in middle schools
  • Teachers in kindergarten through eighth grade

Among the organizations they work for are:

  • Camps
  • Health clubs
  • Hospitals
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Schools

Career Outcomes

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo

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