Teacher Education Programs

Not a concentration program

The U-M School of Education offers undergraduate certification programs in elementary and secondary certification. The undergraduate elementary teacher education program prepares you to teach in:

  • Grades K-8, in self-contained classrooms with all subjects
  • Grades 6-8, in subject-area classrooms corresponding to your teaching major and/or minor

The secondary teacher education program prepares you to teach in:

  • Your teaching major and/or minor in grades 6-12

Elementary Program. Students interested in earning an elementary school teaching certificate transfer to the School of Education, usually at the beginning of the junior year, for both a bachelor's degree and certification.

Secondary Program. Students interested in secondary education can choose to remain in their unit (i.e., LSA) for their BA/BS degree and simultaneously complete certification requirements. Alternatively, secondary students can transfer to the School of Education, usually at the beginning of the junior year, and complete requirements for an education degree with a teaching certificate.

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.

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.

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.

The application deadline for fall term admission is January 15. Scholarships are only available to those applying for fall term admission. All elementary applicants must apply for fall term admission.

For secondary applicants only:

Secondary applicants who are ready to begin the program immediately have the option of applying for winter term admission. The application deadline for winter tem admission is October 15. There are no scholarship opportunities for those who apply for winter term admission.

Applications received after the deadline may be considered on a space available basis. All students must obtain the application to the certification program from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website at: www.admissions.umich.edu/applying


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