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We have a lot of teachers that are actually working in the classroom…. So a lot of their stories, experiences, and the training they give you, it’s actually real-life… something you can use when you go to your own job.
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The Elementary Social Studies – Initial – Postbaccalaureate Certificate adds to your skill set, increasing your employability and income potential.

In this program, you will:

  • Gain the knowledge and skills needed to receive a Michigan Provisional Elementary Teaching Certificate, allowing you to teach all subjects in kindergarten through grade 5, all subjects in kindergarten through grade 8 self-contained classrooms, and social studies in grades 6 through 8.
  • Complete the social studies major and elementary studies minor.
  • Be eligible to apply for certification upon successful program completion and passing the required state tests.

The conditional requirements for this program include a Bachelor degree.

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Career Facts

  • The average annual wage for Elementary Teachers is about $50,000.
  • Employment is expected to grow by 12 percent through 2016, about as fast as average. The pool of teachers is large, so job prospects are excellent.
  • In some schools, two or more teachers work as a team and are jointly responsible for a group of students. Or a teacher may teach one subject to several classes. A small but growing number of teachers instruct multi-level classrooms, with students at several different learning levels.
  • Teachers may move into other positions within the school, such as librarian, reading specialist, instructional coordinator, counselor, administrator, or mentor teacher.
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