Main Contact Info

1228 School of Education Building
610 East University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Phone: 734.615.1528
Fax: 734.647.9158

Email: te.programs@umich.edu
Website: http://www.soe.umich.edu/

Teacher Education Programs

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 a teaching certificate, while ...

Admissions Guidelines +

Admission Guidelines

Admission decisions are made on an individual basis and all available information is considered. The criteria are:

  1. a minimum 2.5 overall grade point average with particular attention given to required courses* for teacher certification.
    *Prior to application it is desirable for students to have taken the following: a course in English composition, an introductory psychology course (111 or equivalent); course work toward the teaching major and minor, and course work toward the distribution requirements (i.e., humanities, natural science, and social science for secondary certification, as well as creative arts and mathematics for elementary certification). Although these courses are required to complete the certification program, they are not required prior to admission.
  2. Prior experience with children (e.g., tutor, camp counselor, teacher aide, participation in University of Michigan Project Community or Project Outreach).
  3. Three letters of recommendation: one from a college or university instructor who can address your academic abilities and two from individuals capable of assessing your ability and potential to become a successful teacher. The first letter must come from a college or university instructor in your teaching major..
  4. a personal statement and, if secondary, a statement related to your proposed major.
  5. r�sum�.

Requirements for Teacher Certification +

Requirements for Teacher Certification

Grade Point Averages and Total Credits.

  1. An overall GPA of 2.0 based on University of Michigan course work only.
  2. A GPA of 2.0 in the teaching major and minor based on University of Michigan course work only.
  3. A minimum of 130 credits.

Distribution:

A. If secondary education:

At least 8 credits (from at least two departments) from each of the areas of humanities (including an approved freshman composition course), natural science, and social science (including PSYCH 111) as defined in the LSA Bulletin. Courses in this Bulletin count as designated (e.g., HU, NS, SS). This requirement is 12 credits (from at least two departments) in each area if the student transfers into the School of Education for their degree.

Note: This is the School of Education certification distribution requirement, which is different from the LSA distribution requirement. 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: EDUC 427 (3) Art Methods, MUSED 408 (3) Music Methods, PHYSED 336 (3) Children's Rhythms (or PHYSED 255) and 3 credits of 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 U.S. history (HISTORY 260 or 261), introductory psychology (PSYCH 111), and one elective designated SS in the LSA Bulletin.

Teaching Major and Minor Options: Students may begin at any time to fulfill the requirements of their specific teaching major and minor. Courses elected to satisfy LSA 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 website for specific teaching major/minor requirements.

  1. Elementary Education: Consult the School of Education website and supplemental materials, such as the school's major/minor self-advising handouts which are available at: soe.umich.edu/academics/bachelors_degree_program/uete
  2. Secondary Education: LSA 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 BA/BS degree although the requirements for each may differ. A teaching minor is associated with the teaching certificate and might not be the same as an academic minor in LSA. The requirements for the various teaching majors and minors are available online at: soe.umich.edu/academics/bachelors_degree_program/uste

The required professional education methods course must be completed in the teaching major. Methods courses must be elected under the education department number.

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

Departmental Secondary-Level Teaching Majors and Minors

Arabic (teaching major only)

Biology

Chemistry

Computer Science (teaching minor only)

Economics

English

French

German

Health (teaching minor only)

History

Italian (teaching minor only)

Latin

Mathematics

Music (teaching major only)  
  
Must apply through the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. 
   Please contact them for more information.

Physical Education
   Must apply through the School of Kinesiology. 
   Please contact them for more  information.

Physics

Political Science

Psychology (teaching minor only)

Sociology (teaching minor only)

Spanish (6-12 or K-12)

Interdepartmental Secondary-Level Teaching Majors and Minors

Earth/Space Science

Integrated Science (Comprehensive or traditional teaching major only)

Social Studies (teaching major only)

Professional Requirements +

Professional Requirements

Because the sequence of teacher certification courses is structured, it is necessary for prospective teacher certification students to carefully plan their course schedules prior to completion of the sophomore year. Students with education courses completed at another institution must consult the School of Education Teacher Education office regarding the professional requirements. Education courses may not be elected on a pass/fail basis.

Elementary Education

  1. Required Courses for Fall Term in First Year in Program:
    • EDUC 307 Practicum in Teaching Methods
    • EDUC 391 Educational Psychology and Human Development
    • EDUC 392 Multicultural Society
    • EDUC 401 Developmental Reading and Writing Instruction in the Elementary School
    • EDUC 406 Teaching in the Elementary School
  2. Required Courses for Winter Term in First Year in Program:
    • EDUC 392 Education in a Multicultural Society
    • EDUC 403 Individualizing Reading and Writing Instruction in the Elementary Classroom
    • EDUC 406 Teaching in Elementary School
    • EDUC 431 Teaching of the Social Studies in the Elementary School
    • EDUC 307 Practicum in Teaching Methods
  3. Required Courses for Fall Term in Second Year in Program:
    • EDUC 421 Teaching of Science in the Elementary School
    • EDUC 411 Teaching Elementary School Mathematics
    • EDUC 490 Special Topics Courses
    • EDUC 307 Practicum in Teaching Methods
  4.  Required Courses for Winter Term in Second Year in Program:
    • EDUC 301 Directed Teaching in the Elementary Grades
    • EDUC 303 Seminar: Problems and Principles of Elementary Education
    • EDUC 490 Special Topics Courses

Secondary Education

Winter cohort is for those who major in mathematics, the sciences, and world languages.

English and social studies majors may choose either fall or winter cohort. Eligibility to begin the program in fall or winter will be determined by progress toward completion of the major, minor and distribution courses; and by random assignment.

Fall cohort is for those who major in physical education and the other half of those who major in English and social studies.

  1. Required Courses for First Semester in Program:
    • EDUC 307 Practicum in Teaching Methods
    • EDUC 392 Education in a Multicultural Society
    • EDUC 402 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
  2. Required Courses for Second Semester in Program:
    • EDUC 307 Practicum 2
    • Methods for major (various course numbers)
    • EDUC 391 Educational Psychology and Human Development
  3. Required Courses for Third Semester in Program (Student Teaching):
    • EDUC 302 Student Teaching in the Secondary School
    • EDUC 304 Seminar: Problems and Principles of Secondary Education
    • EDUC 490 Special Topics Courses

For information on the prerequisites to student teaching, students should consult the School of Education website at: www.soe.umich.edu

Full-time student teaching is required.

Other Program Requirements

In addition to the requirements of the Teacher Education program, teaching intens must comply with the following State of Michigan certificate requirements.

CPR and First Aid. Michigan Public Act 18 of 2003 requires all teacher candidates to be certified in CPR (Child and Adult) and First Aid prior to being recommended for teacher certification. The legislation stipulates that this training must be completed through the American Red Cross or American Heart Association.

Criminal Background Check and Fingerprinting. Michigan's "School Safety" legislation (2005) requires that all potential employees of public schools in the State of Michigan be fingerprinted and subjected to a criminal background check prior to hire. A teacher candidate can be denied initial certification, or certification can be delayed, if his or her background reveals a felony or certain enumerated misdemeanor convictions.

Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC). The MTTC Basic Skills and Subject Area tests are designed and administered by the Michigan Department of Education and are meant to ensure that each certified teacher has the necessary basic skills and subject area knowledge to serve in Michigan schools.

Basic Skills Test: Interns in our teacher education programs must take and pass all three sections (reading, math, and writing) of the Basic Skills test prior to the end of their first term in their professional program.

Subject Area Tests: Before being recommended to the state for teacher certification, secondary teaching interns must take and pass the subject area tests in their teaching major(s). As a secondary teaching intern, you can expect to take at least three MTTC tests while in our program. Elementary teaching interns must take and pass the elementary content test and subject area tests in their teaching major(s).

For further information, including registration materials, please visit the MTTC website: www.mttc.nesinc.com.

Certificate Fee. The State of Michigan requires payment of a fee for the provisional teaching certificate. The fee must be paid before the certificate will be granted. For current Michigan Department of Education certificate fees, go to: www.michigan.gov/mde and search under "certification fee."

Academic Advising +

Academic Advising

To schedule an appointment with a School of Education academic advisor, please email soe.advising@umich.edu or call the Teacher Education office at 734-615-1528. Please provide your name, UMID, phone number, and times you are generally available (for example, Fridays 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.) Advising appointments are available Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Prospective Students: All prospective students are encouraged to discuss their degree and certification interests with advisors in both LSA and the School of Education early in their degree program to ensure that they have a thorough understanding of both degree and teacher certification requirements. Program requirements are subject to change.

Current Students: To ensure timely completion of program, teacher certification students are required to complete an audit appointment with a School of Education certification advisor no later than the term of certification completion. The audit appointment will include a complete review of all coursework and other program requirements.

Teacher certification students are also encouraged to meet regularly (at least once a year) with a certification advisor throughout their time in the program.

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