NOTE: Elementary major phasing out Fall 2021 - being replaced by either Elementary-Early Childhood Teaching and Learning (with Certification) (Fall 2021) or Middle School English Language Arts (est. Fall 2023).

The Elementary Education Language Arts Program at Eastern Michigan University offers undergraduate programs that lead to state endorsements. Our graduates find jobs as classroom teachers.

Undergraduate Programs

The Elementary Education Language Arts programs include a BS in Elementary Education Language Arts or an Elementary Education Language Arts Group minor. Along with the liberal arts requirements, the major program leads to teacher certification (BX).

  • Elementary Education Language Arts Comprehensive [BS]

    By selecting the Elementary Education Language Arts Comprehensive Major. you will earn a Bachelor of Science that leads to a K-5 elementary education teaching certificate. You will also be eligible to earn the State of Michigan Language Arts (BX) endorsement. This indicates that you have a specialized expertise in elementary language arts and qualifies you to teach language arts in grades 6-8.

    What You Will Learn

    In addition to the elementary curriculum, you will study multicultural children’s and adolescent literature, myths and folktales, linguistics, drama and play, and writing. You will also learn to plan and execute child-centered learning experiences for children in grades K-5.


    Certified teachers with the Language Arts (BX) endorsement can teach in grades K-5 all subjects as well as grades 6-8 self-contained classrooms and 6-8 Language Arts. By pursuing this major you will have the language arts knowledge and training to take a leadership role in language arts education at the elementary and middle school grades. Having this expertise in language arts makes for a very marketable elementary teaching degree. Teaching language arts at the middle school level is also a very rewarding profession. In either case, you have the opportunity to get students excited about reading, writing, speaking, and listening at an early age.

    Read about the curriculum and course information.

At a Glance

  • Average of 133 credit hours depending on minor
  • Average time to complete 4.5 years
  • On campus
  • No minor required


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