Teacher & Administrator Certification

Alternate route to teacher certification

Michigan Alternate Route to Certification (M-ARC)

The Michigan Alternate Route to Certification (M-ARC) program is a state-approved alternate route to teacher certification. There are two program pathways, one for Teach For America (TFA) corps members pursuing initial teacher certification, and one for practicing teachers who want to add endorsement areas to their existing provisional certification without leaving the classroom. In both pathways, participants will begin teaching under interim certificates in their new content areas immediately upon entrance to the program, and will receive ongoing, content-specific training and development from University of Michigan teacher educators for three (3) years before earning their provisional endorsements.

TFA Pathway

The TFA pathway is a state-approved alternate route to teacher certification and is open only to teachers who have already been accepted by Teach For America (TFA) and placed in TFA's Detroit region.This two-year program is required for TFA corps members teaching under an interim certificate. Corps member have the option to pursue a master's degree while in the program and/or to complete additional requirements during a third year of teaching to earn a provisional teaching certificate. Additional information about this program is available on the TFA pathway webpage.

Additional Endorsement Pathway

The additional endorsement pathway allows practicing teachers in Detroit and surrounding areas to add endorsement areas to their provisional certificates without leaving the classroom. Participants in this pathway will begin teaching under interim certificates in their new content areas immediately upon entrance to the program, and will receive ongoing, content-specific training and development from University of Michigan teacher educators for three (3) years before earning their new provisional endorsements. Additional information about this program, including a list of supported endorsement areas, is available on the additional endorsement pathway webpage.