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Teacher Education Preferred Admit

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HOW TO APPLY

High School Seniors

  • Step 1

    Indicate an career interest in education/teaching on the Common Application (Future Plans).

  • Step 2

    Accept your admissions decision to the University of Michigan.

  • Step 3

    In May, the School of Education will reach out to you via email with your TEPA offer.

  • Step 4

    Sign the Preferred Admissions contract and email it back to the School of Education.

  • Step 5

    That's it? Yep!

University of Michigan Freshmen (Fall Term)

It's not too late to join TEPA! Make an appointment to meet with our TEPA coordinators and join our small community of learners!

2nd year TEPA students applying to the SOE

TEPA students must apply by January 15th of their sophomore year. Application details are found here.

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GUARANTEED ADMISSION INTO THE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

If you meet the following requirements at the time you apply, you will be guaranteed admission to our junior level program:

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA overall and in your proposed major prior to your junior year.
  • Earn a minimum of 54 credits prior to the fall term of your junior year.
  • Complete Education 118 (with a B or better) by the end of the first semester of your sophomore year.
  • Meet with a School of Education academic advisor each semester.
  • Engage in and accumulate evidence of significant and varied experiences working with young people over the first two years of undergraduate study.
  • Attend at least one TEPA monthly learning community activity per semester.

WHAT IS PREFERRED ADMISSIONS?

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education in your first two years of undergraduate study, be a part of a small community, work with young people, and get guaranteed admission into our junior-level program.

Apply

by saying “YES” on the Common Application for freshman admission.

Our Learning Community will guide you as you learn more about the field of education and start preparing for a career...from the moment you step on campus! At the School of Education, we offer a top-ranked Teacher Education program that will allow you to learn with a small group of peers and alongside strong, expert mentors.

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PREFERRED ADMISSION AT-A-GLANCE

EDUC 118
Introduction to Education:
Schooling and Multicultural Society
(3 credits)

Education affects the lives of everyone in this country. As future professionals, voters, teachers, parents, and leaders, students at the University of Michigan will help shape the quality of life in the United States, and education will matter – a lot. This course will introduce students to the role of education in today’s world. Topics will include the implications for schooling our increasingly diverse population; principles of how kids learn; ways schools facilitate student achievement (or not); and the changing nature of literacy in the Information Age. In addition to readings and discussions, there will be opportunities for hands-on experience and interactions with K-12 students in schools. EDUC 118 is an approved course to satisfy the LSA Race and Ethnicity Requirement.

The first two years of your undergraduate study will be spent in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, preparing to join our certification programs.

We offer advising and one-of-a-kind programming to get you ready for your application and life in our junior-level program.

FRESHMAN YEAR

YEAR 1/ SEMESTER 1

Register for classes at orientation.**

Take 3-4 classes that adhere to LSA requirements.

Complete EDUC118 (with a B or better) by the end of the first semester of your sophomore year.

YEAR 1/ SEMESTER 2

Register for classes in late November. **

3-4 LSA course requirements and start to schedule courses for subject area requirements.

If Elementary, start planning out your schedule early! Our advisors can help!
**Full time student status is between 12 and 18 credit hours.
SOPHOMORE YEAR

YEAR 2/ SEMESTER 1

Register for classes in early April. **

3-4 LSA course requirements and schedule courses for subject area requirements.

START YOUR APPLICATION!

Apply by Dec 15 to start in the fall for our junior-level program.

YEAR 2/ SEMESTER 2

Register for classes in late November. **

3-4 LSA course requirements and schedule courses for subject area requirements.

Have room in your schedule? Try on a few new education courses while you are still in LSA.
**Full time student status is between 12 and 18 credit hours.
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MICHAEL CHRZAN

Class of 2015

Hometown

Detroit, MI

Major

Secondary Education, Mathematics and Psychology

Advice to future TEPA Students

One piece of advice I would share with a prospective TEPA student is to give the program a try and learn about education and the School of Education at Michigan - even if you are unsure whether or not becoming a teacher is what you ultimately want to do. If you have a passion for education, then join the program. You will meet some amazing students, get a good idea of what being a School of Education student means, and can learn about other ways to be involved with the education community at the University of Michigan.

WHY CHOOSE PREFERRED ADMISSION

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CLAIRE FORHAN

Class of 2016

Hometown

West Bloomfield, MI

Major

Elementary Education

Advice to future TEPA Students

I love the people! The professors and the students are all incredibly friendly and share the same goal of creating excellent teachers. I have made some of my best friends at Michigan through the Teacher Education Preferred Admit program (TEPA), and met my favorite professors through education classes I have taken.

BE A PART OF A SMALL SCHOOL...

  • Receive one-on-one advising from our academic advisors.
  • Make informed course decisions and stay on top of requirements.
  • Develop relationships with those who have a shared interest in teaching careers and a deep passion for education.
  • Interact with notable educators, local teachers and administrators, current teaching interns and former preferred admits.
  • Participate in events surrounding co-curricular academic engagement and community building in your freshman and sophomore years.
  • Prepare for your future by attending career-based workshops to help prepare for the program, student teaching, and life after graduation.

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View more profiles on our site: http://soe.umich.edu/people/ambassadors/

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GET INVOLVED

Preferred Admissions students are instantly connected to our student organizations covering a wide array of educational topics. Additionally, they are invited to engage in opportunities to work with young people as often as possible. Here are a few resources to get you started:

classroom interaction

The Ann Arbor Language Partnership (A2LP)

Hands-on experience teaching Spanish to third and fourth graders in Ann Arbor Public Schools. Visit a2lp.com for more information.

The Elementary Math Lab (EML)

Led by our dean, Deborah Loewenberg Ball, this unique laboratory setting provides opportunities to delve into the complexity of teaching and develop professional skills. Read more at teachingworks.org/training

The Mitchell-Scarlett Teaching and Learning Collaborative

Work with teachers and U-M instructors to support diverse students in mathematics, English language, and literacy in after-school settings.

For more opportunities, check out the university listing of student organizations, Maize Pages at maizepages.umich.edu

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