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Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A., B.S.)

The comprehensive science and arts for teaching (CSAT) major is for students seeking certification to teach in specialized areas at the elementary and/or middle school levels. It provides a solid foundation in all content areas taught at these levels.

Program Overview

The CSAT major is taken with another content area: the special education major, Spanish elementary education minor plus elementary education major, or the English as a Second Language (ESL) minor plus elementary education major. A Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) may be earned. For certification, the student must:

  • Complete both the CSAT major and the complementary major with a GPA of 2.7 or better
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.7 or better
  • Pass the Michigan Basic Skills Test and the MTTC Elementary Education and endorsement-area tests


Courses within the program provide candidates with content knowledge, practical and theoretical pedagogical knowledge, and pre-service field experiences. Majors take courses in:

  • Fine arts
  • Social studies
  • Integrated science
  • Language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Health and physical education

Career Options

Graduates who complete the CSAT and special education majors are prepared to teach in elementary and middle-school classrooms as well as to serve as special education teachers in endorsement areas such as cognitive impairment, emotional impairment, early childhood, and learning disabilities. Graduates who complete CSAT and elementary education majors with the Spanish elementary education minor are prepared to teach Spanish Immersion, Spanish specials, or English in elementary classrooms. Graduates who complete CSAT and elementary education majors with the ESL minor are prepared to teach English as a second language in elementary classrooms or provide ESL support in any subject in K-12 classrooms.

Why Study Csat at Grand Valley?

  • Courses are designed specifically for the major and are taught using best practices identified in research literature.
  • Students have many extracurricular opportunities, such as professional organizations (Student Council for Exceptional Children), service learning in area schools, and becoming active members of the community.
  • The strong pedagogical skills that CSAT students develop are valuable in other settings outside of the school system, where an understanding of effective teaching and learning is important.
  • Two of the endorsement areas within the special education major may lead to a master's degree.
  • Grand Valley CSAT program graduates are employed as special education teachers across the state and nation.
  • Elementary-education teachers with a Spanish endorsement are in demand locally and across the country.

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Csat Program

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