96-97 LS&A Bulletin

Teacher Education Program


1033 School of Education Building
764-7563

Not a concentration program
  • Students who plan to teach in the public schools in Michigan can obtain the Michigan State Provisional Certificate by completing all of the requirements for graduation from one of the schools or colleges of the University of Michigan while at the same time satisfying the requirements for an elementary- or secondary-level teaching certificate.

  • Students enrolled in LS&A have three options for completing the teacher education requirements: (a) students may earn the A.B., B.S., or B.G.S. degree and certification while remaining enrolled in LS&A; (b) students may transfer to the School of Education to earn the A.B.Ed. or B.S.Ed. degree and certification through that unit; and (c) students may enroll as special students in the School of Education after completing an undergraduate degree. (Exceptions: students interested in teaching certification in environmental education, music, or physical education usually transfer out of LS&A and into the appropriate unit). A maximum of 94 credits may be transferred to a School of Education program. Students preparing for elementary-level teacher certification usually enroll in the School of Education. All students are encouraged to discuss their degree and certification interests with advisors in both the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and in the School of Education early in their degree program to ensure that they have a thorough understanding of both degree and teaching certificate requirements. Current teacher education information on requirements and procedures is available from the School of Education Office of Student Services, 1033 SEB. The guidelines and requirements are subject to change.

  • Application. Students in all schools and colleges desiring teacher certification must apply to the teacher education program. Students must have junior standing (a minimum of 54 credits) at the time of enrollment in the certification program. Admission is once a year for fall term only. The application deadline for fall term is in February 1. Applications received after the deadline are considered on a space available basis. All students must obtain the application to the certification program from the School of Education Office of Student Services, 1033 SEB.

  • Admission Guidelines. Admission decisions are made on an individual basis and all available information is considered. The criteria are:
  • a. a minimum 2.5 overall grade point average with particular attention given to required courses* for teacher certification.

    *Prior to application students should have the following: a course in English composition and in introduction to psychology (111 or 112); course work toward the humanities, natural science, and social science distribution requirement as well as toward the teaching major and minor. In addition, elementary education program applicants should have completed a course in U.S. history.

    b. preferred experience with children, e.g., tutor, camp counselor, teacher aide, participation in University of Michigan Project Community or Project Outreach.

    c. three recommendations: one from faculty or TA in major, the other two required from persons capable of addressing the student's potential to succeed as a teacher.

    d. a personal goal statement to include information on the commitment to education as a career.
    e. Please note: Act 267 of the Public Acts of 1986 requires that persons preparing to be teachers in Michigan pass a basic skills examination, an examination in each appropriate subject area in which they are to be certified, and, for elementary certification a test that covers elementary education. Students should plan to take the basic skills examination before they will be eligible to enroll in directed teaching. Further information and registration booklets may be obtained from the Office of Student Services, 1033 SEB.

    Requirements for Teacher Certification

    Grade Point Averages and Total Credit Hours.

    General/Liberal Studies Coursework: A minimum of 40 credits in general/liberal studies as defined in the School of Education Bulletin.
    A. If secondary education:

    1. At least 8 credits from each of the areas of humanities (including Engl. 124 or 125), natural science, and social science (including Psych. 111) as defined in the School of Education Bulletin. Courses in this Bulletin count as designated (e.g., HU, NS, SS). This number changes to 12 credits in each area if the student transfers into the School of Education.

    Note: This is the School of Education certification distribution requirement, which is different from the LS&A distribution policy.
    The same courses may be used for each, but the distribution requirement for each school must be satisfied.

    B. If elementary education:

    1. Creative Arts. 9 credits including two of the following 3 courses: Ed 427 (2) Art Methods, Ed D408 (2) Music Method, PE 336 (3) Children's Rhythms (or PE 354) and sufficient electives to meet the requirement.

    2. Humanities. 9 credits including English Composition, Philosophy, and one elective.

    3. Mathematics. 9 credits including Math 385, math 489 and one elective.

    4. Natural Sciences. 9 credits including a minimum of 3 credits in each of the following: Biological Science, physical science, and earth science.

    5. Social Sciences. 9 credits including one course in US history, introductory psychology (111 or 112), and one elective selected from economics, geography, history or political science.

    Major and Minor Options: Students may begin at any time to fulfill the requirements of their specific major and minor. Courses elected to satisfy LS&A degree requirements (distribution and concentration) may be used to meet the requirements for the teaching major and minor. Please refer to the School of Education Bulletin for specific major/minor requirements.
    A. Elementary Education: Consult the School of Education Bulletin for major-minor-patterns.

    B. Secondary Education: LS&A students who are candidates for a secondary teaching certificate must select a teaching major and minor. The teaching major is usually the same as the concentration for the A.B./B.S. degree. A minor is associated with the teaching certificate and not the LS&A degree requirements. The requirements for the various teaching majors and minors are in the School of Education Bulletin.

    The required professional education methods course(s) must be completed in the major or minor. Methods courses must be elected under the education department number. Methods courses are usually offered once a year. Methods courses are not available for a few of the majors and minors.

    Either the teaching major or minor must be in an area in which directed teaching is available.

    Departmental Secondary-Level Majors and Minors

    Anthropology  (minor only) 
    Biology 
    Chemistry   
    Computer Science  (minor   
    only)   
    Economics   
    English 
    Environmental Studies    
    French  
    German  
    Geography  (minor only)  
    Greek  (minor only)    
    History 
    Latin   
    Library Science 
    Mathematics   
    Music   
    Physical Education     
    Physics 
    Political Science 
    Russian  (minor only)    
    Sociology   
    Spanish 

    Interdepartmental Secondary-Level Majors and Minors

    General Science* 
    Earth Science 
    Social Science  
    Physical Science 
    *A student completing a general science minor must complete a science major (i.e., biology, chemistry, earth science, physics) selected in consultation with his/her faculty advisor.

    Professional Requirements: Since the teacher certification program is fairly structured, students will have to plan their course schedules very carefully prior to completion of the sophomore year. The professional education course sequence has been designed to incorporate cultural background on racial/ethnic groups that are protected by federal affirmative action guidelines. Students with education courses completed at another institution must consult the School of Education Office of Student Services regarding the professional requirements. Education courses may not be elected on a pass/fail basis.

    The sequence described below is recommended for first-term juniors. Students beginning the program as second-term juniors or as seniors must consult their certification advisors about the professional sequence. Such students may be advised to elect the required education courses different terms.

    1. Courses Elected Fall Term in First Year in Program:


    Elementary Education:

    a. Ed 307 Practicum in Teaching Methods*

    b. Ed 391 Educational Psychology and Human Development*

    c. Ed 401 Developmental Reading and Writing Instruction in Elementary School*

    d. Ed 406 Teaching in the Elementary School*

    * These courses must be elected concurrently.

    Secondary Education:

    No professional courses unless completing an English major. English majors should consult their advisor.

    2. Courses Elected Winter Term in First Year in Program:


    Elementary Education:

    a. Ed 392 Education in a Multicultural Society*

    b. Ed 403 Individualizing Reading and Writing Instruction in the Elementary Classroom*

    c. Ed 431 Elementary Social Studies Methods*

    d. Ed 307 Practicum in Teaching Methods*

    * These courses must be elected concurrently.

    Seoncdary Education:

    a. Ed 392 Education in a Multicultural Society

    3. Courses Elected Fall Term in Second Year in Program:


    Elementary Education:

    a. Ed 421 Teaching of Science in Elem School*

    b. Ed 411 Teaching Elem School Math*

    Ed 307 Practicum in Teaching Methods*

    * These courses must be elected concurrently.

    Secondary Education:

    a. Ed 307 Practicum in Teaching Methods*

    b. Ed 391 Educational Psychology and Human Development

    c. Ed 402 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas

    d. Methods course(s) in teaching major or minor *

    * These courses must be elected concurrently.

    4. Courses Elected Winter Term in Second Year in Program:


    Elementary Education:

    a. Ed 301 Directed Teaching in the Elementary Grades**

    b. Ed 303 Seminar: Problems and Principles of Elementary Education

    c. Advanced Teaching Methods Course

    Secondary Education:

    a. Ed 302 Directed Teaching in the Secondary Grades**

    b. Ed 304 Seminar: Problems and Principles of Secondary Education

    **For information on the prerequisites to directed teaching students should consult the School of Education Bulletin. Full-time directed teaching is required.
    5. Courses Elected Any Term (refer to University Time Schedule and faculty advisor):

    Elementary Education:

    Two methods courses in art education, music education, and/or physical education.
    Final Term in Residence. All candidates for teacher certification must review completion of all requirements and certification forms with the School of Education Office of Student Services no later than the term before certification completion.



    The State of Michigan has passed House Bill number 5718 Act 339 which requires payment of a $125 fee for the provisional teaching certificate. This fee must be paid before the certificate will be granted by the State Board of Education.