Undergraduate Secondary Teacher Education
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.
Your Degree + Teacher Certification
The program also offers the option to add certification to the degree you are pursuing in another school or college at the University of Michigan.
Post-baccalaureate Certification Only
Students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree (and do not seek a second bachelor’s degree) may apply as a non-degree applicant to the School of Education to complete the teacher certification requirements. This Post-Baccalaureate/Non-Candidate for Degree Status program is for the undergraduate level only.
The secondary teacher education program prioritizes learning about issues of diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity in teaching. We aim for all interns to experience teaching and learning in a variety of school contexts and become effective teachers of students from diverse backgrounds. Therefore, interns are placed in a range of clinical experience placements that require travel as much as 45 miles from the School of Education.
Interns are responsible for their own transportation to and from their placement sites and should keep this expense in mind when calculating their educational expenses. It is expected that interns have independent reliable transportation to ensure their ability to adequately access the schools with whom we partner for clinical experiences.
Additional Certificate and Endorsement Opportunities
English as a Second Language Teaching Endorsement
International Baccalaureate (IB) Teaching Certificate
Trauma-Informed Practice Mini-Certificate
Students are generally admitted to the Secondary Teacher Education program in their junior year, having completed at least 54 credits. To graduate, students must meet the following requirements while completing a minimum of 120–130 credits.
Students complete the following courses:
- EDUC 304 – Seminar (2 credits)
- EDUC 391 – Educational Psychology & Human Development (3)
- EDUC 392 – Education in a Multicultural Society (3 credits)
- EDUC 402 – Literacy in the Content Area (3 credits; dependent on endorsement area)
- EDUC 445 – Students with Exceptionalities (1)
- EDUC 446 – Teaching with Technology (1)
- EDUC 4XX – Content Area Methods* (3–6 credits; dependent on endorsement area)
These courses must be completed in a specific sequence, which is outlined by semester below.
Students complete the following courses:
- EDUC 302 – Student Teaching (10 credits)
- EDUC 307 – Practicum I (2 credits)
- EDUC 307 – Practicum II (2–3 credits)
General studies credits
The State of Michigan requires teacher certification candidates to complete an approved program of general or liberal education. This includes English, literature, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, natural or physical sciences, and the arts:
- Humanities (12 credits)
- Natural science / Mathematics (12 credits)
- Social science (12 credits)
Students generally have the majority of these general education requirements fulfilled when they are admitted to the program, though there is room in the sequence to finish some general studies courses if needed.
If you received a bachelor's degree from another college: Specific general studies courses are not required for certification-only students. If you meet the distribution requirements of the school where you earned your degree, the School of Education is satisfied.
Endorsement area credits
Students choose one or more endorsement areas; see Endorsement Areas section for specific area requirements.
|Semester 1 (Winter)
Students engage in 2 half days of fieldwork per week, on Thursday and Friday mornings.
|EDUC 307||Practicum & Seminar||
|EDUC 391||Educational Psychology and Human Development||
|EDUC 392||Education in a Multicultural Society||3|
|Additional content courses|
|Semester 2 (Fall)
Students engage in 2 half days of fieldwork per week, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
|EDUC 307||Practicum II||
|EDUC 402||Literacy in the Content Area||
|EDUC 4XX||Content Area Methods (credits depend on endorsement area)||
|Additional content courses|
|Semester 3 (Winter)
Students engage in 10–12 hours of fieldwork per week. Additional courses may be taken to satisfy general or endorsement area requirements.
|EDUC 302||Student Teaching||
|EDUC 445||Teaching Students with Exceptionalities||1|
|EDUC 446||Teaching with Technology||1|
|Total program credits: 30–34|
|ARABIC 401 or ARABIC 402||Advanced Arabic I or
Advanced Arabic II
|ARABIC 503||Classical Arabic Grammar|
|ARABIC 506||Arabic Phonology and Morphophonology|
|ARABIC 507||Arabic Syntax and Semantics|
|ANTHRCUL 409||Peoples and Cultures of the Near East and North Africa|
|EDUC 307 or
Reflective Teaching Field Experience
|EDUC 419 or
|Teaching Methods for World Language Minors or
Teaching World Languages in the Secondary School
|Literature||Students choose two (6 credits) of the following courses: ARABIC 600, 601, 602, 604.|
|Electives||Electives (if needed) to meet 30-credit minimum. Students choose from the following courses: ARABIC 410, 504, 508, 509 (strongly suggested), 510, 513, 612 (strongly suggested), 613 (strongly suggested); NEAREAST 200, 325, 483; LING 351; or any category above.|
* Required for endorsement but doesn't count toward minimum credits or GPA
Frequently Asked Questions
Educator Preparation Program
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Academic Letter (typically from a professor or instructor): this letter should speak to your intellectual curiosity, preparedness for university study, receptivity to feedback, and/or perseverance. If you are applying to the secondary program, a letter from a professor or instructor from the content area in which you are seeking certification is preferred.
- Teaching Potential Letter: this letter should comment specifically on your potential to become a successful teacher. This may include personal characteristics; work ability; and capacity to work with people, especially youth.
- Your recommenders can submit their letters directly to email@example.com. Be sure that your recommenders include your name and, if possible, UMID or uniqname.
- Essay prompt #1
- Please answer in approximately 500-1000 words (4000 characters) maximum.
- Discuss where you would like to teach and/or the types of students you would like to teach and how you developed this commitment.
- Discuss what you are most interested in teaching and why.
- If you are applying to the secondary program, discuss the academic subject area you are most interested in teaching.
- If you are applying to the elementary program, discuss a school subject or skill that you are most interested in teaching or a disposition that you are most interested in cultivating.
- Applicants upload essays directly into the online application.
- Essay prompt #2
- Please answer in approximately 250 words (2000 characters) maximum.
- Describe your experiences (work and/or volunteer) engaging with youth.
Educator Preparation Program & the Office of Student Affairs
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Part-time option available
Financial aid available
Field placements guaranteed
Hiring organizations and job titles
|Bloomfield Hills High School||Spanish II & III Teacher||Bloomfield Hills, MI|
|Middle School at Parkside||Teacher||Jackson, MI|
|Newaygo High School||English Teacher||Newaygo, MI|
|Paramount Charter Academy||7th and 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher||Kalamazoo, MI|
|Royal Oak High School||Kindergarten Teacher||Royal Oak, MI|
|Troy Athens High School||10th and 11th Grade English Teacher||Troy, MI|
|Aurora West College Preparatory Academy||7th Grade Teacher||Aurora, CO|
|Dublin High School||Director of Bands||Dublin, CA|
|Hickory Ridge Middle School||11th Grade Humanities Teaching Fellow||Culver, IN|
|Mundelein High School||Math Teacher||Mundelein, IL|
|Pioneer Valley High School||11th Grade U.S. History Teacher||Santa Maria, CA|
Having a real-world experience within the settings of your chosen profession is an essential part of your educational preparation. In the first two terms, you will spend 6–8 hours per week in classrooms as a teaching intern. You will observe the classroom in action and collect data on student learning and teaching practice. You will contribute to the classroom instruction by tutoring, co-teaching, and planning with mentor teachers and your university partners.
The culminating field experience is the student teaching term of 14–15 weeks. You will spend 5 days per week for the full school day immersed in the classroom. You will slowly and deliberately take on all aspects of instructional responsibility for your students in grades 7–12, building toward lead teaching.
Substantial field experience in a diverse array of classrooms, urban to rural, is a key component of the program. You will have one field placement in a school in Ann Arbor and at least one placement in a neighboring district.