The elementary teacher education program at the University of Michigan has a strong emphasis on developing teachers’ instructional practices for the purpose of disrupting inequities in schools. Students earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and are recommended to the State of Michigan for elementary teacher certification. Prospective teachers, also called teaching interns, learn teaching practices that adopt a "subject-matter serious" perspective and are rooted in social justice.
The secondary teacher education program at the University of Michigan is a three-term program that prepares students to teach grades 6-12. Starting during your junior year, you can earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and are recommended to the State of Michigan for secondary teacher certification. As a prospective secondary teacher, also called a “teaching intern,” you get the opportunity to teach subjects about which you have a deep understanding.
In the Master of Arts in Educational Studies with Elementary Teacher Certification program, students develop the professional and personal knowledge, dispositions, and skills required to engage diverse groups of children in thoughtful learning. The immersive full-time program begins in mid-June and finishes in mid-June the following year.
Through academic courses and supported K-8 classroom experiences in a year-long field placement, students think deeply about teaching practices, subject matter, and social justice as they improve their skills in the company of colleagues who work together toward improving education for all children.
In the Master of Arts in Educational Studies with Secondary Teacher Certification program, students participate in university and school-based experiences that enable them to meet the challenges facing today's educators teaching at the junior high and high school levels. The immersive full-time program begins in mid-June and finishes in mid-June the following year. Coursework is completed concurrently with a teaching internship to allow students to explore pedagogies through authentic classroom interactions while being fully supported by field instructors.
The additional endorsement pathway allows practicing teachers in Southeast Michigan to add endorsement areas to their Michigan standard or professional teaching certificates without leaving the classroom. Participants in this pathway begin teaching under interim certificates in their new content areas immediately upon entrance to the program, and receive ongoing, content-specific training and development from University of Michigan teacher educators for three (3) years before earning their new standard endorsements. Additional information about this program, including a list of supported endorsement areas, is available on the additional endorsement pathway webpage.
The TFA pathway is a state-approved alternative 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 interim certification. Corps members have the option to complete additional requirements during a third year of teaching to earn a Michigan standard teaching certificate. Additional information about this program is available on the TFA pathway webpage.
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