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 Offerings at Grand Valley

The CSAT major is taken with another major, such as special education. 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.

Why Study Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching at Grand Valley?

  • Courses are designed specifically for the major and are taught using best practices identified in research literature.
  • Class sizes are limited to maximize interactions between students and faculty members as well as among students.
  • Students have many extracurricular opportunities, such as joining a professional organization (Student Council for Exceptional Children), participating in 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. Visit for details.
  • Grand Valley CSAT program graduates are employed as special education teachers across the state and nation.

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CSAT Program
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The CSAT major is an indispensible component of specialized teacher-preparation programs; it provides teacher candidates in-depth pedagogical knowledge and skills in all content areas of the elementary curriculum.


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