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Ce’An Manuel
Education Student Services Specialist
Phone: 313.927.1343
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Programs Offered
Provisional Teacher Certification: Elementary
Provisional Teacher Certification: Secondary
Professional Certification
Certification For Post-degree Students

Potential Careers
K-12 teaching opportunities in public, private and other schools.
Special Education-Learning Disabilities
K-12 teaching
Early Childhood Education (Pre-K) teaching.

Judy Alhamisi, Ed D.
Steffanie Bowles, Ph.D.
Judith Eliassen, IHM
Mary Katherine Hamilton, IHM, Ed.D.
Vivian Johnson, Ph.D.
Chukwunyere Okezie, Ph.D.
Denise Powell, Ph. D.
James Rivard, Ed.D.
Chenfeng Zhang, Ph. D.

Mission Statement
The mission statement of the Education Unit articulates specifically the relationship of the general mission of the College and that of teacher preparation. It reads as follows:

The Marygrove College Education Unit collaborates in preparing undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions of exemplary educators. We are committed to developing reflective, life-long learners who value diversity and whose educational practices are integrated and grounded in research and theory.

Education Overview

General Information

The Education Unit, in cooperation with other academic units, prepares students for teaching at the preschool, elementary, and secondary levels. Entrance into the College does not guarantee admission to the Teacher Certification (TCCERT) Program. Students must make a separate application to the Teacher Certification Program. Prior to admission to the TCCERT program, undergraduates will be assigned an advisor who will assist in planning the sequence of certification courses. Students must have a certifiable major and minor and adhere to the certification requirements as listed below in order to obtain teacher certification.

After successfully completing the College’s degree requirements (including the certifiable major and certifiable minor course work for teacher certification), approved First Aid and CPR (Adult & Child) training, and passing the appropriate Michigan tests for Teacher Certification (MTTC), you will be eligible for recommendation by Marygrove to the State of Michigan for a Provisional Teaching Certificate. Two specific teaching disciplines are offered in the education unit: Early Childhood Education (minor) and Special Education (major). Specific departments in the College offer all other teaching majors and minors. For full descriptions of these programs, see their respective program sections in this catalog. 

Education Frequently Asked Questions

Marygrove has the approval of the State of Michigan Department of Education for its certification programs. Students in early childhood education obtain the Early Childhood minor endorsement (ZA) while Special Education students earn the Learning Disabilities major endorsement (SM).

Title II Report Card
In accordance with the Title II requirements for teacher preparation institutions, Marygrove College reports the following for the academic year 2011-2012:

  • A total of 102 students were enrolled in our teacher preparation programs;
  • 31 candidates did their supervised student teaching (450 hours) under the direction of 15 supervising teachers (ratio 2.07:1);
  • 100 percent of those certified passed the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Basic Skills and discipline competency tests.

Specific Information

Academic Performance
Continuation in and completion of the TCCERT program depends on maintenance of a GPA of 2.7 and successful completion of the required sequence of courses. Students who do not meet the 2.7 GPA will receive a letter of academic probation from the education unit and be granted one term to make up the deficiency; they will be denied the opportunity to do directed teaching during the probationary period. Students who do not raise the GPA to 2.7 during the probationary period will be dropped from the TCCERT program. A student may register for EDU 499 (Student Teaching) a maximum of two times before being dropped from the program.

Admission to the Teacher Certification Program
Students take EDU 203: The Teaching Profession, prior to being admitted to the TCCERT program. This course should be taken in either the first or second year. It is an exploratory course that assists you in determining if you are suited for the teaching profession. During the course, the entire procedure for admission to teacher certification will be clarified. Following is an abbreviated listing of the requirements for admission:

  1. Satisfactory completion of EDU 203: The Teaching Profession.
  2. An overall grade point average of 2.7.
  3. No more than one notice of academic probation.
  4. Completion of all developmental and foundational courses in reading and writing with a minimum grade of C and of all math courses with a C average.
  5. Required application form filled in and submitted to the certification officer, along with other necessary documentation (obtain a packet from the education assistant in Room MC 214).
  6. A passing score on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Basic Skills Test.
  7. Screening and acceptance process of the education unit, including personal interview.

Admission to Student Teaching
Admission to the TCCERT Program does not constitute permission to do student teaching. Admission to student teaching is contingent upon satisfying the requirements outlined below.

  1. An overall grade point average of 2.7 or better in courses taken at Marygrove College.
  2. Completion of all professional certification and teaching discipline courses except student teaching.
  3. Recommendation by an academic department and the Education Unit.
  4. Health record clearance from a physician within six months of student teaching.
  5. Review and approval by the Education Unit.

Marygrove does not waive student teaching.

Requirements for Michigan Provisional Certification
A candidate’s credentials will be sent to the state of Michigan for provisional certification once the following elements have been successfully completed and verified:

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Required MTTC tests-Basic Skills plus competency tests *
  • All undergraduate coursework for teaching disciplines, teaching major and minor where applicable
  • Entire Marygrove College sequence of professional teaching courses
  • Confirmation of valid First Aid and CPR (Adult & Child) credentials

Secondary – A passing score on the major and minor subject area tests. Elementary –Marygrove requires you to pass the Elementary Test and the test in your major.

Career Information
The education unit is committed to helping students explore teaching as a career. Teaching has always been an exciting, challenging, and essential career that makes a critical mark on the lives of children and young adults. While qualified teachers are much in demand, teacher training opens doors to many other occupations as well.


Course Descriptions


EDU 203

The Teaching Profession

3 credit hours

Prerequisites:  None

This course is designed as an in-depth introduction to multiple considerations of the career of teaching.  This course provides students with an opportunity to explore the important aspects of teaching, and allows students to observe the teaching profession in action.  Course requires 25 service hours in a classroom setting.

EDU 240

Developmental Psychology

3 credit hours

Prerequisites:  None.  Elementary Level Exploratory Student

Human development and factors that influence it with particular emphasis on infancy, childhood, and adolescence.

EDU 241

Educational Psychology

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: EDU 203, EDU 240 or EDU 343, EDU 275 and program acceptance as an Elementary or Secondary Pre-Candidate

This is an introductory course in the psychology of learning and teaching (Grades K-12), emphasizing mental abilities, individual differences, motivation and application of psychological theory and research in learning.  The course emphasizes constructivist theories of learning and cognition, examining the effects of culture and gender on learning, and studies the classroom as a social setting.

EDU 275

Foundations in American Education

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: None

In this course, students examine the structure, function, and purposes of American education. These topics include philosophical, social, historical, political, and economic contexts of educational systems, and the role and characteristics of the teaching profession.

EDU 330

Technology in the Classroom

3 credit  hours

Prerequisites: EDU 203, EDU 240 or EDU 343, EDU 275 and program acceptance as an Elementary or Secondary Pre-Candidate

This course explores the use of multimedia teaching tools. Students develop plans of action integrating technology in support of instruction and learning. They explore, evaluate, and use technology to accomplish learning tasks independently and cooperatively. Course includes appropriate field based experiences.

EDU 343

Adolescent Psychology

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSY 205. Secondary Level Exploratory Student

Physical, psychological and social factors in personality development from the preadolescent through the late-adolescent period. Problems of adjustment, achievement of identity, and acceptance of the adult role.

EDU 344

Methods for Teaching Elementary and Middle School Mathematics

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: EDU 203, EDU 240, EDU 241, EDU 275, EDU 330, EDU 351, EDU 352, and program acceptance as an Elementary Candidate

This course addresses approaches for teaching mathematics to grades K-8. Emphasis is on developing Math concepts through discovery, problem solving, observing patterns and relationships, and meeting the individual needs of children of various abilities and experience levels. Field based experiences required.


EDU 347

General Secondary Methods

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: EDU 203, EDU 241, EDU 275, EDU 330, EDU 343, EDU 348, EDU 351 and program acceptance as a Secondary Candidate

This course focuses on techniques for developing lesson plans, unit plans and course overviews which incorporate objectives, evaluation and a variety of teaching-learning strategies. Field based experiences and simulations in lesson presentation and classroom management required.

EDU 348/ ENG 348

Teaching Writing and Speaking in the Elementary and Secondary Classroom

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: none

This course presents an introduction to the theories and practices of teaching written and oral literacy at the elementary and secondary levels.

EDU 351

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment                       

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: EDU 203, EDU 240 or EDU 343, EDU 275 and program acceptance as an Elementary or Secondary Pre-Candidate

This course offers approaches to curriculum, instruction and assessment designed to engage students in an integrated process of teaching and learning.  Students design units and create supporting lesson plans based on Grade Level Content Standards that focus on using differentiated instructional strategies, assessment practices, and technology integration.  Students practice collaboration skills, applying peer review processes aimed at improving unit design and lesson plans.

EDU 352

Assessment and Differentiation

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: EDU 203, EDU 240, EDU 275  program acceptance as an Elementary Pre-Candidate

This course builds upon content introduced in EDU 351 to prepare candidates to assess the effects of instruction on student performance. Emphasis is placed on theories and concepts related to differentiation of instruction and assessment in order to meet the needs of a wide range of learners, including those in special education and speakers of English as a second language.


EDU 353

Designing and Managing Effective Learning Environments for Diverse Learners

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: EDU 203, EDU 240 or EDU 343, EDU 241, EDU 275, EDU 330, EDU 348, EDU 351, EDU 352 [Elem only], and program acceptance as an Elementary or Secondary Candidate

This course addresses the design and management of curriculum, instruction and classrooms to provide meaningful learning for diverse groups of students. The educational implications of the characteristics of students with exceptionalities are explored. Research in practices of effective teaching is examined, with specific emphasis on teacher and student behaviors related to aspects of diversity in urban settings. Techniques for developing effective communication with parents and community are explored.  Field-based experiences required.


EDU 354

Methods for Teaching Elementary and Middle School Social Studies

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: EDU 203, EDU 240, EDU 241, EDU 275, EDU 330, EDU 351, EDU 352, and program acceptance as an Elementary Candidate

This course offers a combination of theoretical and practical models, providing multicultural approaches to activities, materials, and resources necessary for teaching social studies grades K-8. Field based experiences required.

EDU 357

Methods for Teaching Intermediate and Secondary Reading

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: EDU 203, EDU 241, EDU 275, EDU 330, EDU 343, EDU 348, EDU 351 and program acceptance as a Secondary Candidate

This course addresses adapting content instruction to meet the needs of middle school and secondary school students with reading problems. The course presents analysis of variations in vocabulary, format, comprehension, and study procedures in various content areas, and develops teaching strategies for improving basic reading skills and proficiency.  Field based experiences required.

EDU 364A

Methods for Elementary Reading and Other Language Arts

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: EDU 203, EDU 240, EDU 241, EDU 275, EDU 330, EDU 351, EDU 352, and program acceptance as an Elementary Candidate

This course addresses the reading, writing, listening, and speaking processes in literacy development. Students exam­ine teaching strategies and materials that support integrated language arts instruction. Strategies for organization and management of classroom reading programs in grades K-8 are developed. Related software applications are explored. Guided observation and field-based experience required.

EDU 364B

Methods for Elementary Reading: Practicum Strategies   

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: EDU 203, EDU 240, EDU 241, EDU 275, EDU 330, EDU 351, EDU 352, and program acceptance as an Elementary Candidate

This course presents strategies for developing and implementing detailed lesson plans based on a diagnostic-instruction model for both developmental skills in reading and reading in the content areas. First half of the course prepares the student for field-based experience. Peer, instructor, and self-evaluation of lessons.

EDU 374

Methods for Teaching Elementary and Middle School Science

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: EDU 203, EDU 240, EDU 241, EDU 275, EDU 330, EDU 351, EDU 352, and program acceptance as an Elementary Candidate

This course presents methodology appropriate for teaching scientific concepts. Teaching demonstrations, projects, daily and unit planning are approaches addressed in this course. Students participate in one field trip. The course makes extensive use of media in Marygrove’s Library Resources Room.  Emphasis is placed on the inquiry-based strategies, problem-solving activities, hands-on activities, the interdisciplinary nature of science, children's understandings, objectives of school science programs, science education reform, methods of instruction, assessment practices, experimental programs, and content in the physical, life, and earth sciences. Emphasis is on con­tent and methods for grades K-8.  Field based experience required.

EDU 491

Independent Study

3 credit hours

Prerequisites:  Permission of Advisor and Instructor

When necessary and with approval of advisor, students are permitted to request an independent study.

EDU 499 Student Teaching  and Seminar

10-12 credit hours

Prerequisites: Completion of all required teacher certification coursework, Admission to Student Teaching

This capstone course includes observation and guided‚ full-time professional laboratory experience in public or private school classrooms at the appropriate level.  Seminar required.  Fall and Spring term only.


MTTC Testing

All teacher certification candidates must pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Basic Skills (96) test.

In addition, Marygrove College is recognized by the Michigan Department of Education for competency testing in the following areas at the levels indicated ( E = Elementary; S = Secondary). This will be a guide so that you are sure to take the correct test for certification! Note that competency tests must be taken within 5 years of the time credentials are submitted to the state.

Objectives for each test are on reserve in the Marygrove College Library. Tutoring support can often be arranged through the Teacher Certification Officer.

>> Go to the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification Web site for more information.

>> MTTC Web site Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

** The Elementary Education test certifies teachers for K-5 all subjects and K-8 self-contained classroom. The subject area tests certify elementary teachers from 6-8 and secondary teachers from 7-12.

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