Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. Am I required to have a bachelor’s degree in education to apply for a graduate degree in education?
  2. Am I required to have a master’s degree to apply for a doctoral program?
  3. Am I required to have teaching experience to apply for a graduate degree program?
  4. Am I required to send the University of Michigan any immunization records?
  5. Are the undergraduate teacher education programs hard to get into? How many people do you accept in your program?
  6. Can I complete my master’s program on a part-time basis?
  7. Can I stay in LSA or another unit and still pursue teacher certification?
  8. Can my GSI write my academic letter of recommendation?
  9. Do I have to submit my high school transcript?
  10. Do I have to take any MTTC tests to apply to the undergraduate teacher certification programs?
  11. Do you offer an online program or online courses?
  12. Does the School of Education offer preferred admission to high school seniors?
  13. GRE Code--what is it?
  14. How and when can I register for classes?
  15. How can I earn money while enrolled in a master’s program?
  16. How can I learn more about teacher education at the School of Education?
  17. How can the foreign language requirement for the Joint Program in English and Education be satisfied?
  18. How do I apply for a graduate research assistantship or teaching assistantship position?
  19. How do I apply if I've earned a degree or have completed courses at another institution?
  20. How do I apply?
  21. How do I enter the teacher certification program at the University of Michigan?
  22. How do I find financial aid or funding resources?
  23. How do I find housing in Ann Arbor?
  24. How do I find more information about the teacher certification programs and how to apply?
  25. How do I know if I will graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science, or a Bachelor’s of Arts degree?
  26. How does the admissions committee make my admission decision?
  27. How is my residency determined for tuition purposes?
  28. How long does it take to complete the PhD at the University of Michigan?
  29. How long should my academic statement of purpose and my personal statement be?
  30. How many courses are required to complete the Joint Program in English and Education?
  31. How many courses do I still have to take until I enter the program?
  32. How many hours must I complete to be considered for transfer admission?
  33. How many hours of graduate coursework can I transfer to a graduate program in the School of Education?
  34. How many new students are admitted each year to the Joint Program in English and Education?
  35. How many years does it take to complete a master’s or doctoral degree?
  36. How to obtain permission to use the Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ)?
  37. I am a freshman to the University of Michigan, and I want to be in the preferred admissions program, but didn’t indicate that on my freshman application, can I still apply?
  38. I am a new applicant to the University of Michigan, but I didn’t take the ACT/SAT. I can’t submit this score. What do I do?
  39. I am an international student. What are my next steps to ensure I am ready to begin studying at the School of Education?
  40. I have credits I want to transfer. How do I know if they will be accepted?
  41. I have international coursework from a study abroad program. Will those credits transfer to the School of Education?
  42. I haven’t received my admissions decision yet. Who do I contact about this?
  43. I mailed some documents to you. Have you received them?
  44. I want to get teacher certification, but not receive my degree from the School of Education. Can I do that? How do I do that?
  45. I've applied. What's the status of my application?
  46. I’m a freshman or sophomore at the University of Michigan and will have 54 credits at the end of this term. Can I apply now?
  47. I’ve accepted my offer of admission to the University of Michigan via Wolverine Access. What should I do next?
  48. If I am offered admission to the school as a graduate student and also receive a fellowship or assistantship and wish to defer my admission, will my fellowship or assistantship be deferred?
  49. If I receive a fellowship or scholarship through the School of Education, will I be required to work? Will I be required to repay the funding?
  50. If I receive both a student loan and a fellowship or scholarship, can I keep both sources of funding?
  51. If I took the GRE several times, do you average the scores, take the highest score from each test, or take the scores from the most recent test?
  52. If the SOE has rolling admissions until June 1st, why should I submit my application by January 15?
  53. Is knowledge of a foreign language necessary to be considered for admission to the Joint Program in English and Education?
  54. Is teaching experience required for admission to the Joint Program in English and Education?
  55. Is there a minimum grade-point average needed to qualify for admission to the Joint Program in English and Education?
  56. Is there funding available for international students applying to graduate programs at the School of Education?
  57. Is there funding available for part-time graduate students at the School of Education?
  58. My recommender asked what s/he should write. What should I tell her/him?
  59. My recommender said s/he can’t submit his letter for me until after the admissions deadline. Will I be penalized for submitting it late? Can I still apply?
  60. Should I attend my program’s Campus Visit Day/preview day if one is offered?
  61. Should I attend my program’s Campus Visit Day/preview day if one is offered?
  62. Should I retake the GRE if I took it ten years ago and have a paper copy of my scores?
  63. Tuition - how much is it?
  64. What application or admissions deadlines should I be aware of?
  65. What are some useful links that will help me understand costs and find funding at the university?
  66. What are the admission requirements for the undergraduate program?
  67. What are the terms of my certification? What can I teach?
  68. What are typical areas of specialization within the Joint Program in English and Education?
  69. What areas of study may I become certified in to teach at the secondary level? What is the difference between an academic major and minor and a teaching major and minor?
  70. What courses are required for the Joint Program in English and Education?
  71. What degrees are required to apply for the Joint Program in English and Education?
  72. What does a graduate assistantship cover and what is expected of me should I accept the appointment?
  73. What expenses are associated with initial teacher certification?
  74. What Free Applications for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) do I have to fill out for the Master of Arts with Certification program?
  75. What if I am unable to commit to the University of Michigan at this time and would like to defer my admissions decision?
  76. What is a non-University of Michigan transcript? Where do I send my official transcripts? Can I send them electronically? I have more than one non-University of Michigan transcript; do I have to send them all together?
  77. What is Preferred Admissions?
  78. What is teacher certification? How is it different from earning a degree?
  79. What is the average GRE score and GPA of applicants admitted to a graduate program?
  80. What is the cost of the Master of Arts with Certification (MAC) Program?
  81. What is the departmental code that should be used for the GRE and TOEFL?
  82. What is the difference between the academic statement of purpose and the personal statement?
  83. What is the GPA requirement for admission to the Undergraduate Secondary and Elementary Programs? What if I don’t have the minimum requirement? Should I still apply?
  84. What is the institutional code for the U-M School of Education for the GRE and TOEFL?
  85. What is the Master of Arts with Certification (MAC) Program?
  86. What kind of financial support is available for students in the Joint Program in English and Education?
  87. What kind of health insurance do students receive at the University of Michigan? Where can I learn more about the university’s health insurance program?
  88. When can I apply to the Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs?
  89. When do courses at the University of Michigan start?
  90. When do I have to decide whether I want to accept my admissions offer from the University of Michigan?
  91. When do I receive my MCard (ID card) and email address?
  92. When is the application deadline? Is January 15 the final deadline?
  93. When is the School of Education building open?
  94. When is the third-floor computing site open?
  95. When should I arrive in Ann Arbor?
  96. When will I be assigned a faculty advisor?
  97. When will I receive my decision? And how?
  98. Where can I find the School of Education’s or university’s schedule of classes?
  99. Where do I find the applications to apply to the School of Education Undergraduate Elementary or Undergraduate Secondary Teacher Certifica tion Programs?
  100. Where do I find the Letter of Recommendation Forms?

Am I required to have a bachelor’s degree in education to apply for a graduate degree in education?

No. Our graduate students come from a variety of backgrounds.

Am I required to have a master’s degree to apply for a doctoral program?

No.

Am I required to have teaching experience to apply for a graduate degree program?

No.

Am I required to send the University of Michigan any immunization records?

The university does not require students to submit immunization records in order to register for classes. The UHS recommends students submit an immunization form and suggests students have certain immunizations.

Are the undergraduate teacher education programs hard to get into? How many people do you accept in your program?

The undergraduate teacher certification programs have competitive admissions. Students are admitted on a space-available basis until the program cohorts are full.  Each year the elementary program typically admits two cohorts of 25 students for the fall term.  The secondary program admits students in their individual subject area cohorts. Secondary cohort sizes vary from year to year.

Can I complete my master’s program on a part-time basis?

The program you are in will determine whether or not you can complete the degree part-time. Some programs are on a fixed schedule to degree completion, which makes it difficult to complete a degree on a part-time basis. Others are more flexible. Please consult your program to learn more about your options.

Can I stay in LSA or another unit and still pursue teacher certification?

For current University of Michigan students interested in secondary teacher certification, it is possible to stay in your current unit and receive your degree through that unit while obtaining teacher certification through the School of Education. Secondary teacher candidates electing to do so must be aware, that they are responsible for meeting both the degree requirements for their home unit and certification requirements through the School of Education. In some cases, those requirements can and do differ. For example, a math major in in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts has slightly different coursework requirements and teacher certification requirements, in terms of coursework, and is responsible for understanding those different requirements and fulfilling both.

Can my GSI write my academic letter of recommendation?

Yes, a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) can write your academic letter of recommendation.  You should choose academic recommenders who can speak to your strengths and limitations in your subject areYour recommender should describe significant actions, accomplishments, and personal qualities related to your scholarly achievement. S/he should speak to your academic abilities in your subject area, and specifically to your abilities in your major as a future educator. Other academic recommenders can be professors in your subject area; University of Michigan professors are preferable to non-University of Michigan instructors.

Several paragraphs will be more useful to the admissions committee than one or two sentences. Be sure to have your academic recommender use the Academic Letter of Recommendation Form.

Do I have to submit my high school transcript?

Only students new to the University of Michigan must submit official high school transcript(s), and ACT and SAT scores. This is a University of Michigan requirement for all undergraduate students. Current University of Michigan students have already submitted these materials as part of their freshman application and are not required to submit them again. 

Do I have to take any MTTC tests to apply to the undergraduate teacher certification programs?

No, MTTC tests are not requirements for admission to the undergraduate teacher certification programs.  

Do you offer an online program or online courses?

No. All of our undergraduate and graduate programs are on-campus programs.

Does the School of Education offer preferred admission to high school seniors?

Yes. Prospective freshman at U-M can opt for preferred admissions to the School of Education on their application to the university. This program provides an opportunity to entering freshman to plan for admission to the teacher certification program during their junior year. Entering freshman who are admitted to the School of Education preferred admissions program will participate in a variety of carefully structured formal and informal opportunities in their first two years at U-M. Students admitted to LSA will be considered for the preferred admissions program based on their academic qualifications and their written preferred admissions essay to the university.
Once admitted to the preferred admissions program, students must meet the following requirements prior to their junior year:

  1. Maintain a 3.0 GPA
  2. Engage in and accumulate evidence of significant and varied experiences working with young people
  3. Complete EDUC 118 (minimum 3.0 GPA)
  4. Earn a minimum of 54 credits
  5. Meet with a School of Education advisor each semester

If you have questions regarding the School of Education preferred admissions program, please contact the Teacher Education office by email at te.program@umich.edu; or by telephone at 734.615.1528.

GRE Code--what is it?

 

The school's code is 1839.

How and when can I register for classes?

Individual programs should send you information on how to register for classes and which classes are recommended, along with suggestions for when to register. Master of arts with certification (MAC) teaching interns will register at orientation.  All other students may “backpack” courses beginning March 21. Students will receive additional informattion about how to register for classes via  Wolverine Access in March.

How can I earn money while enrolled in a master’s program?

Work-study employment is a financial aid program that is awarded to students who have financial need. The program provides jobs for students, allowing them to earn money to help pay their educational expenses. Under the work-study program, a percentage of a student’s earnings is paid through federal or state funds and the remainder is paid by the student’s employer. Students who wish to be considered for the work-study program should apply for financial aid through the U-M Office of Financial Aid.


Student may also review our Student Employment Opportunities for temporary or part-time jobs or the Student Employment Office website.

How can I learn more about teacher education at the School of Education?

For more information, please consider attending an M-Teach Information Session. You may also email te.program@umich.edu or call the Teacher Education office at 734.615.1528.

How can the foreign language requirement for the Joint Program in English and Education be satisfied?

Students are encouraged to fulfill the language requirement as early as possible after enrollment.  The requirement is typically fulfilled in one of two ways:  (a) by taking course work in the language at an advanced level (b) by taking and passing a departmental examination (one advanced exam or two basic exams).  In addition, students may petition the Program Committee to fulfill the requirement in another way that will better fit their individual backgrounds and/or academic plans.

How do I apply for a graduate research assistantship or teaching assistantship position?

Only doctoral students are able to apply for a graduate student research assistantship or graduate student instructor position. Contact your program administrator or the Office of Student Affairs for more information.

How do I apply if I've earned a degree or have completed courses at another institution?

We welcome students from a variety of other institutions. The School of Education admits undergraduate students as juniors. Students from other colleges and universities who wish to benefit from a University of Michigan School of Education program are encouraged to transfer.

In order to be eligible to transfer as a junior, you must have completed 54 transferable semester-hours by the term in which you plan to begin coursework in the School of Education. You are encouraged to work toward the completion of our requirements prior to admission.

To begin the online application process, look for the Apply Now! link on the Office of Undergraduate Admissions webpage and follow the application instructions.

Students interested in teacher certification programs should attend an M-Teach information session to learn more about the benefits of getting teacher certification at the University of Michigan, about our undergraduate certification programs, and more about the application process.

How do I apply?

Because the admissions process varies depending upon what type of student you are (new, returning, transfer, etc.) and because the process varies by academic program, we have created individual "how to apply" pages for each of our degree programs. To see the list of programs we offer please visit our Academic Programs page. If you don't find the information you're looking for, email the Office of Student Affairs or call them at 734.615.1528

How do I enter the teacher certification program at the University of Michigan?

We offer a variety of teacher certification programs, both elementary and secondary, with accompanying bachelor's or master's degrees.

How do I find financial aid or funding resources?

Visit our financial aid page for a listing of current opportunities and options.

Also, current and prospective undergraduate students are automatically considered for scholarship support based on their full-time enrollment, academic performance, and financial need. Evaluation for scholarships is done in February and you will be notified by email whether you received scholarship support or not near the end of March. Although preference will be given to School of Education students, other students in teaching certification programs are also considered for support.

How do I find housing in Ann Arbor?

Please visit the Admitted Master's Student Resources and Admitted Doctoral Student Resources for more information about housing. 

How do I find more information about the teacher certification programs and how to apply?

Students interested in the University of Michigan teacher certification programs should attend a Teacher Certification Information Session to learn about the benefits of getting teacher certification at the University of Michigan, about our undergraduate certification programs, and more about the application process. Please check our calendar for upcoming session dates.

How do I know if I will graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science, or a Bachelor’s of Arts degree?

If you will have completed 60 natural science or math credits by graduation, you will indicate a Bachelor's of Science degree on your application.  The Teacher Education Program uses the LSA guidebook to identify the natural science classes. 

How does the admissions committee make my admission decision?

All of your application materials will be considered when the admissions committee reviews your application. Applications are reviewed based on cumulative and subject area GPAs (for secondary applicants);  three letters of recommendation (one academic and two general); your personal essay; your subject area essay (secondary applicants only); and your resume. 

How is my residency determined for tuition purposes?

Questions about residency can be answered by visiting the U-M Office of the Registrar webpage.   Please note, establishing residency can be a lengthy process.  Thus, if you have been classified as an out-of-state student but believe you should be assessed in-state tuition rates, please fill out the residency application as soon as possible once you have decided to attend the School of Education.

How long does it take to complete the PhD at the University of Michigan?

The length to completion depends on the student and program. The university allows a certain number of years for funding and certain milestones must be met in a timely manner. Please consult with your department for a general timetable of how long a doctoral program is expected to take. 

How long should my academic statement of purpose and my personal statement be?

Two double-spaced typed pages is considered a good length. Avoid very short (less than a page) and very long (more than four or five pages) statements. Please include your name on each page.

How many courses are required to complete the Joint Program in English and Education?

Four to six courses in English and an equal number in education are required beyond the master's degree.

How many courses do I still have to take until I enter the program?

An applicant must have 54 University of Michigan approved college credits, typically junior standing, to be eligible to apply to our Undergraduate Elementary or Secondary Teacher Certification Program.  All applicants should schedule an academic advising appointment with a Teacher Education Academic Advisor to have their transcript(s) evaluated, and to receive accurate information about how many credits they still need to complete our program.

You can schedule an academic advising appointment by filling out the online form.

How many hours must I complete to be considered for transfer admission?

You must complete 54 transferable semester hours by the term in which you plan to begin coursework in the School of Education. You are encouraged to work toward the completion of the school's requirements prior to admission.

How many hours of graduate coursework can I transfer to a graduate program in the School of Education?

Master's Programs

The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies allows a master’s-degree seeking student to transfer in a maximum of six hours of graduate coursework providing the course meets the transfer credit criteria. Transfer credit for a graduate program is not determined or transferred at the time of admission. An enrolled master’s degree seeking student who wishes to transfer in credit should meet with either Betsy Dodge for Educational Studies students, or Jessica Mason for Higher Education and Master of Arts with Certification (both Elementary and Secondary), in the Office of Student Affairs for assistance with transferring the credit during the first term of enrollment. Additional information can be found on the Rackham website.

Doctoral Programs

The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies does not allow a doctoral degree seeking student to transfer in credit. Doctoral students may have completed coursework in a master’s program that may fulfill certain coursework requirements. Since determination of this coursework is not made prior to admission, the enrolled doctoral degree student should meet with either Betsy Dodge for Educational Studies students, or Jessica Mason for Higher Education and Master of Arts with Certification (both Elementary and Secondary), in the Office of Student Affairs for assistance with identifying the coursework and obtaining advisor and program chair approvals during the first term of enrollment.

How many new students are admitted each year to the Joint Program in English and Education?

Between four and six students are admitted each fall. The program is highly selective and competition for admission is keen.

How many years does it take to complete a master’s or doctoral degree?

Master’s degree seeking students typically can complete a 30-hour master’s program in one to two years with full-time enrollment of nine hours fall and winter semesters.

Doctoral degree-seeking students are allowed five years to complete a doctoral program. Doctoral degree-seeking students, also referred to as pre-candidates, typically complete coursework requirements in years one, two, and three with full-time enrollment of nine hours fall and winter semesters. In year three, the student is working on the comprehensive qualifying exam or the preliminary examination and may seek approval to enroll in six credits during this year. In year four, the pre-candidate achieves candidacy status and typically begins forming a dissertation committee and writing a proposal for committee approval. In year five, the candidate writes and defends his or her dissertation.

How to obtain permission to use the Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ)?

The Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ) developed by Pintrich, Smith, Garcia & McKeachie, 1991, exists in the public domain of the internet.  All are welcome to use it for valid research purposes, and you are not required to ask permission to use it as long as the instrument is cited appropriately in your writings and publications.  Please note the following files are available for download:

For questions about its specific usage and development please contact some of the people involved in its original development.  For those types of inquiries please e-mail: mslq@umich.edu. The MSLQ has been translated into several languages by individual users.  For limited information regarding this subject please contact  mslq@umich.edu.

I am a freshman to the University of Michigan, and I want to be in the preferred admissions program, but didn’t indicate that on my freshman application, can I still apply?

Yes. If you are a freshman at the University of Michigan, you can still apply to be a Preferred Admissions student at the School of Education. Contact the Office of Student Affairs at 734.615.1528 or ask.osa@umich.edu for more information about how to do this. 

I am a new applicant to the University of Michigan, but I didn’t take the ACT/SAT. I can’t submit this score. What do I do?

Write an e-mail to SOE.UG.Admissions@umich.edu and indicate that you will not be including your SAT scores with your application because you did not take the test.  You also need to note this in the additional information section on your Common Application. 

I am an international student. What are my next steps to ensure I am ready to begin studying at the School of Education?

Once you accept your offer of admission, you will be contacted by Rackham Graduate School to submit any other documentation you may need. The International Center will offer other helpful resources. 

I have credits I want to transfer. How do I know if they will be accepted?

To find out which of your credits will transfer from another university or college, schedule an academic advising appointment with one of the Teacher Education academic advisors by filling out this online form.

I have international coursework from a study abroad program. Will those credits transfer to the School of Education?

All international credits must be evaluated by a University of Michigan approved international credit evaluation agency before they can be submitted to the University of Michigan. To find a list of these approved agencies, e-mail soe.advising@umich.edu, with the subject line “International Credit Evaluation Agencies”. 

I haven’t received my admissions decision yet. Who do I contact about this?

To check the status of your admissions decision, e-mail SOE.UG.Admissions@umich.edu with the subject line “Checking on Admissions Decision”. In the body of your e-mail, include which program you applied to and your UM ID number.

I mailed some documents to you. Have you received them?

The Office of Student Affairs matches documents to an application using the name appearing on the application. If the name on your documents, i.e., transcript, letter of recommendation, portfolio, etc., is different from the name appearing on your application, please be sure to indicate all former last names or other first names on the application. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 734.615.1528 or soe.student.affairs@umich.edu.

I want to get teacher certification, but not receive my degree from the School of Education. Can I do that? How do I do that?

Only undergraduate secondary students can pursue certification in the SOE and remain in LS&A (or another home unit) to receive their degree.  Applicants indicate this preference on the second page of the Cross Campus Transfer Application Form.

Elementary students must transfer completely into the School of Education to pursue certification. All undergraduate elementary students, then, will receive their degree from the School of Education. 

I've applied. What's the status of my application?

Your application status can be checked online, via Wolverine Access. Please allow seven days after submitting your application before checking your web application status on Wolverine Access. To do this you will need to use a login ID and password, and confirm some personal data before viewing your application:

For applicants who are current students or employees:

1. Log into Wolverine Access using your existing U-M uniqname login and click New and Prospective Student Business

For applicants who are new to the university you will need to create a secure login using a U-M Friend Account and then log into Wolverine Access.

1. Create a Friend Account.

2. Log into Wolverine Access.

If you have any further questions, contact the Office of Student Affairs at 734.615.1528

I’m a freshman or sophomore at the University of Michigan and will have 54 credits at the end of this term. Can I apply now?

Schedule an academic advising appointment to talk with an advisor about your eligibility to apply to our teacher certification programs.

I’ve accepted my offer of admission to the University of Michigan via Wolverine Access. What should I do next?

Congratulations and welcome to the University of Michigan School of Education! Please refer to our Admitted Graduate Student webpage for more information on the next steps following your acceptance of admission.

If I am offered admission to the school as a graduate student and also receive a fellowship or assistantship and wish to defer my admission, will my fellowship or assistantship be deferred?

Each year, departments review the qualifications of their cohort to determine funding offers. If you are offered funding and choose to defer, it is important to contact your department. You will be informed in writing whether your funding will be offered to you again the following year or whether you will be considered for funding given the qualifications of the cohort.

If I receive a fellowship or scholarship through the School of Education, will I be required to work? Will I be required to repay the funding?

No. Fellowship or scholarship support is paid directly to your student account here at the university.

If I receive both a student loan and a fellowship or scholarship, can I keep both sources of funding?

It is possible you may be eligible to keep both sources of funding. But you must check with the Office of Financial Aid regarding possible adjustments to your financial aid package (734.763.6600).

If I took the GRE several times, do you average the scores, take the highest score from each test, or take the scores from the most recent test?

The admissions review committee will review all scores submitted to the university.

If the SOE has rolling admissions until June 1st, why should I submit my application by January 15?

If you submit a complete application by January 15th, you are guaranteed to have your admissions decision by the first or second week of March. The benefit to applying early is to have your decision before you are scheduled to register for classes.

If you submit an incomplete application on or after January 15th, we cannot guarantee you will have your admissions decision before your registration date.  It is an advantage for you to submit your application on or before January 15th so you can begin preparing for your start in our professional programs. 

Is knowledge of a foreign language necessary to be considered for admission to the Joint Program in English and Education?

A background in one or more foreign languages is recommended as students in the Joint Program in English and Education must demonstrate either advanced competence in one foreign language, or basic competence in two foreign languages.

Is teaching experience required for admission to the Joint Program in English and Education?

Yes, it is necessary to have teaching and/or informal experiences, in or out of school settings in order to be considered for the Joint Program in English and Education.

Is there a minimum grade-point average needed to qualify for admission to the Joint Program in English and Education?

A grade-point average indicating the abilities and habits necessary to achieve a strong record of graduate study at the University of Michigan is necessary.

Is there funding available for international students applying to graduate programs at the School of Education?

There may be limited funding opportunities for international students through fellowship or assistantship support. International applicants need to be aware that they must certify all educational and living expenses before they are offered formal admission to the University of Michigan. If an international student is offered funding, these funds would not support their entire program. International students should indicate their interest in funding support on their Rackham Application for Graduate Studies. Some international student visas will not allow the student to work.

Is there funding available for part-time graduate students at the School of Education?

There may be some funds available to support part-time graduate study. You should check with the department you are interested in.

My recommender asked what s/he should write. What should I tell her/him?

Please refer to the letter of recommendation forms for guidance for your recommenders.

Instruct your academic recommender to comment specifically on your strengths and limitations in your subject areDescriptions of significant actions, accomplishments, and personal qualities related to scholarly achievement are particularly helpful. Several paragraphs will be more useful to the admission committee than one or two sentences.

Instruct your general recommenders to comment specifically on your work ability, capacity to work with people, especially children, and personal characteristics. Several paragraphs will be more useful to the admission committee than one or two sentences.

My recommender said s/he can’t submit his letter for me until after the admissions deadline. Will I be penalized for submitting it late? Can I still apply?

We understand that supplemental materials, such as official transcripts from non-University of Michigan colleges or letters of recommendation, may take more time to be submitted.  You will not be penalized for submitting your transcripts or letters of recommendation after the admissions deadline, however, your application can not be reviewed until all of your admissions materials have been submitted.

It is a professional courtesy to give a recommender at least a month to write your letter and submit it. 

Should I attend my program’s Campus Visit Day/preview day if one is offered?

Admitted doctoral students should attend their program's interview/preview day. If you are unable to attend for any reason, please contact your program directly to discuss alternatives. The preview is designed to provide you with information about the program, with a chance to speak with faculty and current students, as well as an opportunity to meet fellow classmates. 

Should I attend my program’s Campus Visit Day/preview day if one is offered?

All master's students are strongly encouraged to attend their program’s Campus Visit Day/preview day if one is offered, although this is not a requirement.  If you are unable to attend and would like to visit campus another time, please contact your program administrator.  If you are considering the master’s program in higher education and would like to interview for on-campus internships, Campus Visit Day is the perfect opportunity to do so. 

Should I retake the GRE if I took it ten years ago and have a paper copy of my scores?

Consistent with the policy of the Educational Testing Service, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores taken more than five years prior to the date of application to the School of Education will not be accepted.

Tuition - how much is it?

Tuition and fee information can be found on the university's Office of the Registrar website. Please note, these are total fees and tuition students pay before any scholarships, grants, or loans are taken into account.
The university's Office of Financial Aid page includes estimates of the cost of attendance and estimated student budgets.
Information on student account billing can be found on the Student Financial Services website.
Information on university housing, including rates, can be found on their website.
Information on Residency Classification Guidelines, including the residency application, filing deadlines, and required documents can be found on their website.

Most full-time doctoral students receive a funding package, which include a tuition waiver, health insurance, and a stipend for living expenses for at least four years. Contact your program administrator for details.

What application or admissions deadlines should I be aware of?

Please see our admission deadlines page.

What are some useful links that will help me understand costs and find funding at the university?

Office of the Registrar (tuition, fees)
Office of Financial Aid
(cost of attendance, estimated student budgets)
Student Financial Services
(student account billing)
University Housing
(residence hall rates)
Residency Classification Guidelines (residency application, filing deadlines, required documents)
 

What are the admission requirements for the undergraduate program?

  1. Minimum GPA: 2.50
  2. Three letters of recommendation
    1. One from a college or university instructor who can address your academic abilities. For applicants to the secondary certification program, this academic letter of recommendation must come for a college or university instructor who can speak to your academic abilities in your proposed teaching major.
    2. Two from individuals who can address your ability and potential to become a successful teacher (e.g., work ethic, skill in working with children/young people, personal characteristics). Choose references carefully. Avoid letters from family members, neighbors and personal friends.
  3. A personal statement, and, if secondary, an essay related to your proposed teaching major
  4. Transcript(s) showing grades through the fall semester or term directly before application
  5. Résumé
  6. For non-UM students: high school SAT/ACT scores (from high school transcript)
  7. Ability to complete 54 semester hours before you enter the program


In addition to the requirements listed above, the program strongly recommends that applicants have prior experience with children (e.g., tutor, camp counselor, teacher aide).

What are the terms of my certification? What can I teach?

The State of Michigan allows teachers with secondary certification to teach subjects within their teaching majors or minors in grades 6 through 12 in public school systems. Students who complete the master of arts with certification program receive a provisional certificate from the State of Michigan which is valid for a period of six years. Renewal of the provisional certificate or professional certificate is based upon work experience and subsequent professional development. Any additional questions about certification can be addressed to a School of Education academic advisor or to the Michigan Department of Education. Elementary certification is for all subjects in grades K-5 and in teaching majors and minors for grades 6-8 for students passing the state tests in those areas.

What are typical areas of specialization within the Joint Program in English and Education?

Students focus on a variety of areas ranging from topics in rhetoric and composition to theories and pedagogies of literacy to professional concerns.  Students usually specialize in the area in which they write their dissertations.

Examples of specific topics include:

The three examinations usually include the area of specialization but will also move beyond it.

What areas of study may I become certified in to teach at the secondary level? What is the difference between an academic major and minor and a teaching major and minor?

Not all academic majors are considered teaching majors. For example, academic majors such as business administration, communication studies, linguistics, and history of art are not subjects that are part of the high school curriculum and, as a result, are not options for certification. When selecting a teaching major and minor, you must keep in mind several factors including, primarily, your level of interest and proficiency in, as well as, the marketability of the subject areas. Visit our pages for the bachelor of arts with secondary teacher certification or master of arts with secondary certification program pages for a complete list of possible teaching majors and minors at the University of Michigan, and course-by-course self-advising sheets.

What courses are required for the Joint Program in English and Education?

Students design their own program of study, electing courses and designing exam reading lists in their areas of interest.  Students consult regularly about their program of study with the rogram chair.  A "specialization" should be considered early in the student's program of work.  It has proved useful to students to reach general ideas about specialization before the end of the first year of study.  Such general notions, however tentative, are useful in planning course selections and in laying the groundwork for the dissertation.

What degrees are required to apply for the Joint Program in English and Education?

A bachelor’s degree demonstrating broad preparation in English or in areas appropriate to the degree program and a master of arts degree in English or education.

What does a graduate assistantship cover and what is expected of me should I accept the appointment?

Many doctoral assistantship appointments offered through the School of Education are at least quarter-time assignments. There are graduate student staff assistantships, graduate instructor assistantships, and graduate research assistantships. Your responsibilities will depend on the assistantship you receive. A quarter-time appointment requires at least 10-12 hours per week of work assisting a faculty member with either a research project or teaching a class. In exchange for this, you will receive a tuition waiver, salary, and a benefits package.

What expenses are associated with initial teacher certification?

As with any professional licensure program, there are costs associated with acquiring the license. These costs are in addition to University of Michigan tuition and room and board. Below is a list of estimated additional costs you will incur while part of the Teacher Education program:

Fingerprinting $69.00 (prior to start of program)
Substitute Permit for Michigan $25.00 (optional, during program)
Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)   
Basic Skills
$49.00 (passed by end of first term)
First Subject Area Test $74.00 (passed by certification recommendation date)
Each Additional Subject Area Test $59.00 (passed by certification recommendation date)
CPR/First Aid $60.00 (last program semester)
Michigan Teaching License $160.00 (after graduation)

Note: Fees are subject to change.

What Free Applications for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) do I have to fill out for the Master of Arts with Certification program?

Because the master of arts with certification programs begin in the summer semester students should submit two FAFSAs. Students will want to submit a FAFSA for the academic year they will enter the program as well as a FAFSA for the prior year in order to be eligible for aid for the summer semester.

What if I am unable to commit to the University of Michigan at this time and would like to defer my admissions decision?

Deferrals for master's programs may be granted in some circumstances. To learm more about these, visit  http://www.rackham.umich.edu/help/admissions/admission_offer/how_can_i_defer_my_admission/. Please note, scholarships and funding packages are not automatically deferred.

Deferral policies vary by doctoral program. Please contact your program administrator.

What is a non-University of Michigan transcript? Where do I send my official transcripts? Can I send them electronically? I have more than one non-University of Michigan transcript; do I have to send them all together?

A non-University of Michigan transcript is a transcript from any other higher education institution that is not the University of Michigan. If you are a non-University of Michigan student, you also need to submit your high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores to fulfill your transcript requirements.

Send your official hard-copy non-University of Michigan transcripts to the
Office of Undergraduate Admissions,
515 East Jefferson Street,
1220 Student Activities Building,
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316.

If you choose to send an official electronic non-University of Michigan transcript via e-mail, send your official transcript (s) to ecredentials@umich.edu. Include your last and first name, your date of birth, and details about your application in the subject line. As an example, “Jones, John_DOB: February 23, 1990_Official Michigan State University Transcript for Undergraduate Secondary Teacher Certification Application”.

If you are a University of Michigan student, we will include a copy of your transcript in your application for you. You do not need to submit an official University of Michigan transcript with your application.

You do not have to submit all of your materials together; however, your application will not be reviewed until all of your documents have been received.

What is Preferred Admissions?

Incoming freshmen students are encouraged to join the Preferred Admissions program—these students then complete their first two years at another of the university's schools (usually the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts) while receiving advising from the School of Education, before transferring to our program at the beginning of the junior year.

What is teacher certification? How is it different from earning a degree?

Teacher certification is earned by completing a state-approved teacher preparation program at a four-year academic institution. The program is usually completed in two years and includes coursework in educational psychology, reading methodology, subject area methodology, as well as on-going field experiences and student teaching (typically done full-time the last semester of the program).


The department of education in each state regulates teacher policies related to certification; the academic institution creates the procedures and curriculum that allows one to earn that certification. In addition to the required coursework and field experiences, the State of Michigan requires teacher candidates to pass a basic skills test and subject-specific tests in their respective teaching majors and minors.


Earning a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in education does not permit one by law to teach in a public or charter school. Teacher certification may be earned concurrently with or after a four-year degree. Either way, certification is the necessary component for teaching.


For details and links, visit our Teaching Certification and Endorsement Information page.

What is the average GRE score and GPA of applicants admitted to a graduate program?

There are no minimum scores required for admission. In addition to your GRE score and GPA, an admissions committee will also take into consideration your academic statement of purpose, personal statement, resume, and letters of recommendation when making an admissions decision.  Please talk with a representative of the program you are interested in for more information regarding the GRE.

What is the cost of the Master of Arts with Certification (MAC) Program?

For cost information, please refer to Financial Aid for MAC Students. Note that the length of both the elementary master of arts with certification (ELMAC) program and secondary master of arts with certification (MAC) program is two half-semesters (summer and the following spring) and two full-semesters (fall and winter).

What is the departmental code that should be used for the GRE and TOEFL?

A departmental code is not required. The school's code is 1839.

What is the difference between the academic statement of purpose and the personal statement?

The Academic Statement of Purpose establishes that the academic program you have chosen is right for you and that you are right for the program. The Personal Statement is about you, your history, experiences, and aspirations. More information on each is below:

Academic Statement of Purpose

Your statement of purpose should establish a program fit (i.e., your reason for pursuing a graduate program in the School of Education, how our program will help you accomplish your academic and career goals, etc.). Special care should be taken in preparing the statement of purpose as program admission committees consider this a critical part of the application. You may include information about your experiences with children and adults in teaching/learning situations, and your beliefs about teaching (the goals of education, the roles of teachers, etc.). A strong representation of self should be presented in your concise, well-organized, positive, and carefully edited statement of purpose.
The first paragraph of your statement of purpose should include the name of the program and sub-plan to which you are applying. For example:

Because some programs provide more specific advice for writing the statement of purpose, you are also encouraged to review the "Admissions Information" section of the academic program to which you intend to apply.

Personal Statement

For the personal statement, applicants are asked to write about personal background and life experiences, including social, familial, educational, or other opportunities and challenges, that motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan.

What is the GPA requirement for admission to the Undergraduate Secondary and Elementary Programs? What if I don’t have the minimum requirement? Should I still apply?

To be eligible to apply to the Elementary or Secondary Teacher Certification Program, you should have a minimum GPA of 2.50. To learn more about how your GPA is evaluated during the admissions process, schedule an academic advising appointment.

If you have not met the minimum GPA requirement, we suggest meeting with an academic advisor to create a plan to apply. You can set up an academic advising appointment by filling out this online request form for an academic advising appointment.

What is the institutional code for the U-M School of Education for the GRE and TOEFL?

1839

What is the Master of Arts with Certification (MAC) Program?

The Master of Arts with Certifcation programs are  intensive graduate-level teacher certification programs at either the elementary or secondary level, resulting in a master of arts degree and recommendation for Michigan teaching certification. The programs begin in late June of each year and ends the following July. To learn whether you are qualified to enter a master of arts with certification program, you must complete either an application for an elementary or secondary coursework evaluation and submit it, along with one official transcript from all academic institutions attended (including community colleges), to the Office of Student Affairs. Although the application requirements include the completed application, GRE scores, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose, the most critical element that determines admission to the program is the coursework evaluation, by which we assess the completion of coursework for the teaching major and minor.

What kind of financial support is available for students in the Joint Program in English and Education?

All students accepted into the Joint Program in English and Education will be guaranteed five years of support.  This may come in the form of a fellowship or a teaching assistantship, but in either case it will be accompanied by full tuition remission and the option of health benefits.  The 2009-2010 stipend for Graduate Student Instructors teaching two terms is currently $16,135.

What kind of health insurance do students receive at the University of Michigan? Where can I learn more about the university’s health insurance program?

For a basic overview of what is covered by the health service fee assessed to students each semester, please visit the University Health Service (UHS) webpage.

Eligible students can select GradCare insurance, which is provided through the UHS. Visit the UHS webpage for more information about GradCare and eligibility.

If you hold at least a .25 appointment in a graduate student instructor, graduate student research assistant, or graduate student staff assistant position, you and your dependents will receive health insurance at no cost.

When can I apply to the Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs?

Students apply to the School of Education undergraduate teacher certification programs during their sophomore year. A student must have accrued 54 credits before they begin the program. Schedule an academic advising appointment to find more information about your eligibility to apply.

When do courses at the University of Michigan start?

Consult the U-M academic calendar for specific start and end dates. Please note, students in the master of arts with certification (MAC) programs do not abide by the university academic calendar and will be informed of their start and end dates directly from their program coordinators.

When do I have to decide whether I want to accept my admissions offer from the University of Michigan?

The generally observed deadline for making a graduate school admissions decision is April 15.  However, if you need additional time, please contact the department to which you applied to inquire about a possible extension.

When do I receive my MCard (ID card) and email address?

Please review the Admitted Master's Student Checklist and the Admitted Doctoral Student Checklist for more information regarding your campus ID card and email address. 

When is the application deadline? Is January 15 the final deadline?

Secondary applicants only: If you are applying to the Teacher Education Program to begin in the winter cohort (January), your application is due by midnight on October 15th.

Elementary and Secondary applicants: To begin in the fall semester (September), your application is due by midnight on January 15.

You can find the deadlines listed on our SOE website.

The School of Education has rolling admissions until June 1. For more information about this, call the Teacher Education Office at 734.615.1528.

When is the School of Education building open?

Our regular building hours are

Monday - Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 9.00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: closed

The building is generally closed on university-recognized holidays.

When is the third-floor computing site open?

The university's Information and Technology Services (ITS) maintains a computing site in room 3010 on the third floor. Visit the ITS website for information about the computing facility including hours of operation.

When should I arrive in Ann Arbor?

The moving process is different for everyone. You might want to consider moving a few weeks before your program starts. This will give you time to get acclimated to the city and give you a head start on finding your way around campus. 

When will I be assigned a faculty advisor?

Typically departments announce faculty advisors during the summer. You should expect information regarding your advisor and how to contact him/her several weeks before courses begin. Most programs offer you the opportunity to meet with your faculty advisor during the Fall Re/Connection (orientation) event. 

When will I receive my decision? And how?

You will receive your decision via e-mail from the Director of the Teacher Education Program.

If you apply during the October 15th admissions cycle, you will receive your admissions decision shortly after Thanksgiving.

If you apply during the January 15th admissions cycle, you can receive your decision beginning with the first or second week of March until June 1st. 

**If you submit a complete application by January 15th, you are guaranteed to receive your decision by the first two weeks of March. If your application is submitted by the deadline, but incomplete (missing transcripts, letters of recommendation, essays, resume), we can not guarantee that you will receive your admissions decision by the second week of March.

Where can I find the School of Education’s or university’s schedule of classes?

The schedule of classes for the university can be found at the Office of the Registrar's website. The subject code for the majority of the School of Education classes is EDUC. Other subject codes are EDBEHAVR for Education Behavioral Sciences and  EDCURINS for Education Curriculum and Instruction.

Information about School of Education courses can also be found in the Courses section of this website.
 

Where do I find the applications to apply to the School of Education Undergraduate Elementary or Undergraduate Secondary Teacher Certifica tion Programs?

You can find your application to apply on the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website

If you are a University of Michigan student, you will submit the following:

  1. The Cross Campus Transfer Application Form
  2. Your resume, outlining your experience with children
  3. A personal statement, responding to the following prompt:
    Essay 1:
    Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College or School to which you are applying.
    How would that curriculum support your interests?
    (500 words maximum)
  4. Your subject area essay (for Secondary applications only), responding to the following prompt:
    Essay 2: DISCIPLINARY AREA:
    Why did you select your major area of study?
    What is particularly compelling to you in this subject?
    What do you suppose might be especially valuable for students in grades 6 – 12 to understand from study of this subject?
    (500-1000 words; please proof-read your work).
  5. One academic letter of recommendation
  6. Two general letters of recommendation

If you attend a college or university that is not the University of Michigan, you will submit:

  1. The Common Application
  2. Your resume, outlining your experience with children
  3. A personal statement, responding to the following prompt:
    Essay 1:
    Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College or School to which you are applying.
    How would that curriculum support your interests?
    (500 words maximum)
  4. Your subject area essay (for Secondary applications only), responding to the following prompt:
    Essay 2: DISCIPLINARY AREA:
    Why did you select your major area of study?
    What is particularly compelling to you in this subject?
    What do you suppose might be especially valuable for students in grades 6 – 12 to understand from study of this subject?
    (500-1000 words; please proof-read your work)
  5. One academic letter of recommendation
  6. Two general letters of recommendation
  7. Official transcripts
  8.  An application fee of $75.00

Where do I find the Letter of Recommendation Forms?

You can find the academic and general letter of recommendation forms on the SOE website.

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