Early and Elementary Education (BSED)

What is Early and Elementary Education? 

Elementary Education prepares teachers for education jobs with children in PK-6 grades. Our program leads to a Michigan Elementary Standard Teaching Certificate for teaching all subject areas for both bachelor and graduate programs. Our program is designed to provide quality education to children in a classroom setting. 

What can I do with an Early and Elementary Education Degree? 

The Elementary Education program leads to a Michigan Elementary Standard Teaching Certificate for teaching all subjects in grades pre-school through 3rd grade or 3rd grade through 6th grade.

MI Future Educator Fellowship

  • A $10,000 scholarship program to create low-cost tuition pathways for 2,500 future Michigan educators every year.
  • $10,000 annual maximum award, or the cost of tuition.

    Course planning

Choose an area of study (associate degree), earn Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), and complete pathway courses. The below pathway outlines the required Henry Ford College courses.  Courses not taken or transferred from Henry Ford College can be completed at Wayne State University.

Choose an area of study

Associate Degree
Pre-Elementary Education - Associate in Arts (AA)
Associate in Arts (AA)
Associate in Science (AS)
Associate in General Studies (AGS)

Earn the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)

MTA Requirement/Specific Course Credit Hours
*ENG 131 Intro to College Writing (ENG 1020) 3
*ENG 132 College Writing & Research (ENG 3010)       3
Approved Math Course (see MTA) 3-4
*SCI 212 or SCI 213  4
Approved Natural Science with lab (not SCI: see MTA)    4-5
*PSY 131 Introductory Psychology 3
*GEOG 132 World Regional Geography  3
*ENG-246: Introduction to Children's Literature (ELE 6200) 3
Approved Humanities/Fine Arts (not ENG, see MTA)    3
Total                                                    30 credits (min.)

*Meets MTA requirements and/or satisfies Wayne State degree requirement (prerequisites may be required, see HFC Academic Advisor).   

Complete pathway courses

Pre-Elementary Pathway Courses Credit Hours
EDU 201 Introduction to Education (TED 2200)   3
EDU 202 Introduction to Education Practicum (TED 2205) 1
EDU 256 Educational Psychology (EDP 3310) 3
EDU 250 Humanities and the Performing Arts 3
EDU 260 History and Civics in Elementary Schools (SSE 5720) 3
EDU 296 Exceptional Child (TED 2220)  3
Math 121 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I (MAT 1110) 3
Math 221 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II (MAT 1120)  3
CIS 221 Instructional Technology for Educators (TED 2020)  3
Total 25 credits 

   Course planning 

The following courses are required to finish the degree requirements.  Any pathway course(s) not completed at the community college can be completed at Wayne State University. 

Early and Elementary Education Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Additional Education Foundations Courses Credit Hours
TED 2210: Foundations II: Foundations of Culture Language, Identity & Schooling 2
TED 5100: Professional Engagement, Advocacy & Instructional Planning 2
Total 4 credits (minimum)
Content & Methods Courses (PK-6) Credit Hours
ELE 6205: Literacy Foundations (PK-6)  3
ELE 6225: Literacy Methods II (PK-6)    3
ELE 6350: Elementary Mathematics Foundations (PK-6)  3
SSE 6720: Social Studies Disciplines for Elementary Teachers II   3
ELE 6600: Social Studies Methods (PK6)     3
SCE 2100: Integrated Science Disciplines 3
SCE 2105: Integrated Science Lab (1cr)     1
ELE 6550: Science Curriculum and Methods (PK-6)     2
ELE 6800: Methods for Integrated Curriculum & Pedagogy (PK-6) 3
ELE 6805: Integrated Methods Clinical Experience   2
Total 26 credits (minimum)

Grade Band Specific Coursework (Choose one or both grade bands) 

PK-3 Credit Hours
ELE 6210: Literacy Methods I (PK-3)   3
ELE 6211: Literacy I Clinical Experience (PK-3)  1
ELE 6370: Mathematics Methods I (PK3)      3
ELE 6375: Mathematics Clinical Experience (PK-3)     1
ELE 6020: Foundations of Early Childhood Education   3
ELE 6100: Planning & Implementing Preschool Curriculum   3
Total 14 credits (minimum)
3-6 Credit Hours
ELE 6380: Elementary Mathematics Methods I (3-6)  3
ELE 6385: Mathematics Clinical Experience (3-6)     1
ELE 6215: Literacy Methods I (3-6)       3
ELE 6216: Literacy I Clinical Experience (PK-3)      1
ELE 6500: Science Curriculum and Methods (3-6)   3
Total 11 credits (minimum)
Internship Credit Hours
TED 5780: Student Teaching   12

 Transfer credit summary

Transfer credit summary Credits
Henry Ford College transferable credits 60 credits

Required Wayne State University Major credits

60-67 Credits
Total credits required to complete bachelor's degree 120 credits min. (transferred or WSU)
  • WSU requires a minimum of 30 hours in residency. 
  • You can review how courses transfer using the course equivalency tool for other acceptable equivalences. 

How do I get started?

  • Join Wayne State Transfer Pathways
  • Schedule a WSU Transfer Success Appointment         
  • Meet with your academic advisors and track your academic progress 


  • The pathway allows multiple associate degree options with the flexibility to customize your degree path. The minimum eligibility to participate in the Wayne State Transfer Pathways is a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above, Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), and an associate degree (earned or Reverse Transfer).  
  • All college-level (non-developmental), non-duplicated courses with a 2.0 (C) grade point average (GPA) or above will be considered for transfer credit.  Earned credit will transfer as 1) direct course equivalency, 2) major/department credit, or 3) elective credit. Credits not earned at the community college will need to be taken at WSU.  
  • These pathways do not replace the importance of community college and Wayne State academic advising. The pathway provides a general roadmap to degree completion. 

Primary contacts

    Henry Ford College
    Academic Advising
    313-317-6845 | advising@hfcc.edu                                     

             Transfer Student Success Center 
             313-577-2487 | transfer@wayne.edu
             College of Education Department
             313-577-1620 | Academic Advising  


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