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Elementary Teacher Education

Program Overview

The School of Education and Human Services (SEHS) offers a program leading to state certification in Elementary Education through the Department of Teacher Development and Educational Studies at Oakland University.

The Department of Teacher Development and Educational Studies (TDES) program in elementary education prepares high quality teachers for the schools in the state of Michigan and throughout the country. Students completing this program concurrently earn a Bachelor of Science degree and recommendation for a Michigan provisional certificate in elementary education. Graduates of the program are also eligible for grade 6-8 endorsements in one or more of the following areas: language arts, mathematics, modern languages, science and social studies. Students who hold a bachelor's degree can pursue the program as second undergraduates.

The Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) approves the TDES undergraduate elementary education program, and our graduates are recognized throughout the state for the quality of the preparation they receive at Oakland University.

Admissions Requirements
In addition to university requirements, you will need to:
  • Complete all general education requirements with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 with no less than 2.0 in any class and no less than 2.5 in coursework of the major and minor
  • Receive a satisfactory score on the Professional Readiness Exam portion of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)
  • Complete a minimum of 70 hours of supervisory work with children
  • Receive a minimum grade of 3.0 in the required pre-professional education course
  • Upon admission to major standing in elementary education, the student and the department will sign an acceptance agreement contract outlining the requirements and expectations for completing the program.