Master of Arts with Elementary Teacher Certification

Overview & Requirements
Careers & Internships

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 PK-6 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.

The elementary teacher education program aims to support teaching interns and help them become elementary teachers that meet the needs of all their students. Every semester, students participate in both academic and professional coursework, while also working in elementary classrooms. This complementary approach to learning allows students’ knowledge and confidence to grow, as the coursework and fieldwork build upon and expand what they have already learned.

Teacher Certification
The Elementary Master of Arts with Certification program prepares you for teacher certification in:

  • Grades PK-3 in self-contained, multi-subject classrooms
  • Grades 3-6 in self-contained, multi-subject classrooms

Foundational Pillars of the Elementary Education Program

  • High Leverage Practices  
  • Ethical Obligations and Justice Priorities
  • Content Knowledge for Teaching


The curriculum below pertains to students entering the graduate elementary teacher education program in Fall 2021 or later. Please refer to the intranet to review your degree requirements if you began prior to Fall 2021.

Minimum credits required

Core credits


Students complete the following courses:

MDE ESL endorsement credits (optional)


Interns may elect the MDE English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement by completing a sequence of courses and fieldwork, focused on English Language Development (ELD), during their elementary or secondary certification programs at the undergraduate or master’s levels. Fully approved by the State of Michigan, the ELD Coursework is a 20-credit, six course and practicum sequence, which meets Michigan state standards and prepares interns to take the MTTC ESL exam.

Learn more about obtaining an MDE ESL endorsement

Course Sequence

Semester 1
Summer (Year 1)
Course Description Credits
EDUC 401 Literacy 1: Development of Foundational Skills 4
EDUC 416 Teaching with Curriculum Materials in PK-6 Mathematics and Science 1
EDUC 430 "Teaching To Transgress:" Using Dialogic Thinking and History/Social Science Perspectives to Understand Contemporary and Historical Issues 3
EDUC 594 Education in a Multilingual Society (required for ELMAC and counts towards ESL Endorsement) 3
EDUC 650.201 Reflective Teaching Field Experience - Math 1
EDUC 650.211 Reflective Teaching Field Experience - Language Arts 1
EDUC 695 Research and Educational Practice 3
Total semester credits 16
Semester 2
Fall (Year 1)
Course Description Credits
EDUC 403 Literacy 2: Development of Comprehension and Motivation PK-6 3
EDUC 405 Literacy 3: Development of Language and Composition PK-6 2
EDUC 417 Imagination and the Whole Child 1
EDUC 431 Teaching Social Studies in PK-6 3
EDUC 444 Teaching with Digital Technologies (Module 1) 2
EDUC 518 Teaching PK-6 Mathematics 4
EDUC 528 Teaching PK-6 Science 3
EDUC 649 Foundational Perspectives on Educational Reform 3
EDUC 650 Reflective Teaching Field Experience 2
Total semester credits 23
Semester 3
Winter (Year 1)
Course Description Credits
EDUC 407 Literacy 4: Teaching Language, Literacy and Academic Content to Diverse Learners (required for ELMAC and counts towards ESL Endorsement) 3
EDUC 443 Students with Exceptionalities in the General Education Elementary Classroom (Module 1) 1
EDUC 651 Directed Teaching in the Elementary Grades 10
EDUC 653 Problems and Principles of Elementary Education 2
Total semester credits 16
EDUC 593 Educational Lingustics (ESL endorsement only) 3
Total semester credits with ESL 19
Semester 4
Spring (Year 2)
Course Description Credits
EDUC 416 Teaching with Curriculum Materials in PK-6 Mathematics and Science 3
EDUC 443 Teaching Students with Exceptionalities in the General Education Elementary Classroom (Module 2) 2
EDUC 444 Teaching with Digital Technologies (Module 2) 1
EDUC 519 Connecting Mathematical Practice and PK-6 Mathematical Topics 1
Total semester credits 7
EDUC 592 Methods for Teaching Language and Literacy to K-12 Culturally and Lingustically Diverse Learners (ESL endorsement only) 4
EDUC 595 Leadership and Advocacy Practices for Teachers of Culturally and Lingustically Diverse Learners (ESL endorsement only) 4
Total semester credits with ESL 15
Semester 5
Summer (Year 2) ESL Endorsement - Optional
Course Description Credits
EDUC 590 English as a Second Language Teaching Practicum and Seminar (ESL endorsement only) 3
Total semester credits with ESL 3



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Academic Advising

Schedule an academic advising appointment (current and newly admitted students):


Interested in teacher certification? Schedule an appointment with our recruitment team:


Phone: (734) 615-1528

Application Deadlines

Summer (Jun start)
December 1
Priority deadline
Full Time applicants
U.S. Citizens & Non-U.S. Citizens
March 1
Final deadline
Full Time applicants
U.S. Citizens & Non-U.S. Citizens

We highly recommend that you apply for admission by December 1.

Application Process

Step 2: Submit a request for coursework evaluation

Complete a request for coursework evaluation form.

This process is used to determine the content coursework you have previously completed towards certification requirements. Please submit all transcripts reflecting college-level coursework directly to the School of Education. Unofficial transcripts are accepted for this initial evaluation, but official transcripts will be required upon admission. Evaluations are free of charge and may take up to two weeks to complete.

Step 3: Prepare your application materials

To submit a successful application for admission, you need to provide the following:

  • Academic Statement of Purpose
    • Please review the Educator Preparation Program Mission and Vision Statements Below:
      • Mission: Our mission in the Educator Preparation Program (EPP) at the U-M School of Education is to prepare educators to support the well-being and learning of young people and to advance justice through their practice, advocacy, and activism. All pathways within the EPP leverage both research and the expertise of experienced educators to prepare novices for the complex work of supporting young people's learning and thriving, as well as that of  their families and communities. We drive to uphold diversity and inclusion, and to advance justice and equity, in the field of educator preparation. 
      • Vision: The Educator Preparation Program  at the U-M School of Education pursues a vision of educating towards justice. 
    • Please address the following in your Essay:
      • How does your experience prepare you to engage in a program with these commitments?
      • What goals do you have for your own career in light of these commitments?
    • 4000 characters - approx. 500 words - maximum
  • Personal Statement 
    • 500 word limit
    • How have your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan? For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
    • Academic/Intellectual Letter (typically a professor or instructor): One letter assessing the applicant’s 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 One letter addressing the candidate’s potential to become a successful teacher. This may include: personal characteristics, work ability, capacity to work with people, specifically youth, etc.
    • Due to COVID-19, we are aware that complications may arise when seeking
      your letters of recommendation. Please view the letter of recommendation
      requirements *as guidelines* for the type of information we are seeking as
      you determine your two recommenders. We will offer additional flexibility
      as we understand the complications during this time of gathering letters of
      recommendation that speak to these requirements.
  • Resume or CV
    • 1-2 pages 
  • TOEFL, MELAB, ECPE, or IELTS scores (for non-native speakers of English only; valid 2 years from test date)
Step 4: Create an ApplyWeb account, managed by Rackham Graduate School

Create an account with Rackham Graduate School.

This program, like all of the School of Education's graduate programs, is administered through the University of Michigan's Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Rackham offers a host of resources and administrative support to help see you through from submitting your application to completion of your degree.

Step 5: Complete pages 1-5 of application using ApplyWeb
  • After completing page 5 of the application, you will receive an e-mail with your U-M ID. A U-M ID number will be issued to you via email within 5 business days of completing pages 1-5 and advancing to page 6 of the ApplyWeb application. Having your U-M ID number to include on all your application materials ensures accurate and timely processing, so we encourage you to complete pages 1-5 early in the process.
  • If you need to submit your application before you receive your U-M ID number, you may still complete the application. Include your date of birth and the program’s name on your application materials.
  • Current and former U-M Ann Arbor students, alumni and employees: You do not need to obtain a new U-M ID number. Use your previously obtained U-M ID number.
  • If your personal information has changed (for example, legal name, gender), make sure the personal information you submit with your application matches your previous Ann Arbor campus record. If your previous Ann Arbor campus record does not display your current personal information, contact the Registrar’s Office or the Shared Services Center to change your personal information before you apply.
Step 6: Upload academic statement of purpose, the personal statement, and a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume to the ApplyWeb application

Include at the top of each document:

  • The type of document (Academic Statement of Purpose, Personal Statement, or Curriculum Vitae or Resume)
  • Your name
  • The name of the graduate program
  • Your 8 digit U-M ID (if known)

Make sure margins are at least one-inch so nothing is cropped when you upload the documents to the application. Please preview your files after they have been uploaded. You can also convert your documents to PDF format before uploading.

Step 7: Submit test scores (non-native speakers of English only)

TOEFL, MELAB, ECPE, or IELTS scores (for non-native speakers of English only; valid 2 years from test date)

Step 8: Submit transcripts
  • Upload transcript for Bachelor’s, Master’s, Professional, or Doctoral degree earned or in progress through your ApplyWeb application account. 
  • Do not upload academic records printed from your school’s website or student portal.
  • For all degrees obtained at a non-US Institution it is required that the institution send your official transcript to Rackham. Information for sending your official transcript as well as specific information for non-US institutions can be found on the the Rackham Graduate School website.
  • If you are recommended for admission, the Rackham Graduate School will require official transcript(s). Recommended applicants will receive an email notification when the official transcript(s) are required for submission.
Step 9: Check that letters of recommendation have been submitted
  • Register your recommenders' names and contact information on the online application so that they will be sent instructions for submitting their letters via the application system. Let your recommenders know that they need to upload a letter and that it is required by the program.
  • As soon as you click "save" on the page of the application where your recommenders' contact information is entered, they will receive an email with instructions for completing the process. Proceed to this point in the application process as soon as possible to trigger that email.
Step 10: Create a U-M Friend Account

Check on your application status. If you’ve been accepted, you will receive an email with information on how to send your official transcripts.

Step 11: Respond to admission offer
Contact us

For questions regarding the master’s application:

For questions regarding the master’s program (e.g., coursework evaluations): 
Katie Dauka 
Managing Director for Recruitment and Admissions / 734-647-0581 

Tim Golden 
Educator Preparation Program Recruitment Coordinator / 734-763-4328

Quick Facts

100% of admitted EPP master's students received scholarship support administered by the SOE in 2021–22

Students are automatically considered for our graduate scholarships (no application is required).

In-state graduate student scholarship minimum: $11,500

For 2021–22, our minimum in-state scholarship offer to admitted students was $11,500.

Out-of-state graduate student scholarship minimum $25,000

For 2021–22, our minimum out-of-state scholarship offer to admitted students was $25,000.

Rackham Merit Fellowships

Each of our Teacher Education programs recognized two Rackham Merit Fellowships (Rackham Master’s Awards - RMAs) as a result of allocations received from Rackham Graduate School.

GRE general exam required


Part-time option available


Connect with EPP

Academic Advising

Schedule an academic advising appointment (current and newly admitted students):


Interested in teacher certification? Schedule an appointment with our recruitment team:


Phone: (734) 615-1528



of known graduates found full time employment in education


of known graduates were highly satisfied or satisfied with the current position


average first year salary


of known graduates found jobs within 4 months
Hiring organizations and job titles


Organization Job Title Location
Bentley Elementary ELD Teacher Canton, MI
East Arbor Charter Academy 1st Grade Teacher Ypsilanti, MI
Farrand Elementary 3rd Grade Teacher Plymouth, MI
Mark Murray Elementary 4th Grade Teacher Detroit, MI
Orchard Hills Elementary 3rd Grade Teacher Novi, MI
William Ford Elementary Title I STEAM/Math Resource Teacher Dearborn, MI
Wines Elementary 3rd Grad Teacher Ann Arbor, MI


Organization Job title Location
Dewey Elementary 5th Grade Teacher Evanston, IL
Hudson PEP Elementary 1st Grade Teacher Longview, IL
Providence Elementary 5th Grade Teacher Fairfax, VA

Field Placements / Internships

The Clinical Experiences Coordinator arranges the internship placements, based on a thoughtful, well-established process, paying attention to the key variables that support a successful teaching internship. Students begin working with their cooperating teachers in late August. Students help with planning for the year and assisting in classroom set-up for the fall. Students work with the same students and mentor teacher throughout the school year. Students also work with the same field instructor who works regularly with students, observes classroom teaching, conducts seminar sessions with the cohort and assists students to become skilled professionals. We partner closely with Ann Arbor Public Schools and Ypsilanti Community Schools in deep and carefully structured collaborations to benefit teaching interns, teachers and students.