MASTER'S
CERTIFICATION

Master of Arts with Elementary Teacher Certification

Overview & Requirements
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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.

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

  • Grades K-8 in self-contained, multi-subject classrooms
  • Grades 6-8 in subject-specific classrooms, if the relevant Michigan Test for Teacher Certification in the endorsement area is passed
Cohort
Students join a 20 to 25-person cohort for the 12-month program, which allows them to learn in the company of other interns who are working in similar contexts. This allows you to develop a network of colleagues who bring multiple perspectives to the field of education.

Additional Certificate and Endorsement Opportunities
English as a Second Language Teaching Endorsement 
Learning Experience Design Certificate
Trauma-Informed Practice Mini-Certificate

Requirements

Students in this program must complete all the coursework necessary for the required endorsement area prior to starting the program. A coursework evaluation must be done using transcripts from every undergraduate and graduate institution attended (including community colleges). This helps to determine what endorsement area is most appropriate for the student.

The course requirements are listed below, followed by the course sequence broken down by semester.

Total Credit Hours Required
52

Core credits

31

Students complete the following courses:

  • EDUC 401 – Developmental Reading and Writing Instruction in the Elementary School (3 credits)
  • EDUC 403 – Individualizing Reading and Writing Instruction in the Elementary Classroom (3 credits)
  • EDUC 431 – Teaching of Social Studies in the Elementary School  (3 credits)
  • EDUC 443 – Teaching Students with Exceptionalities (3 credits)
  • EDUC 444 – Digital Technologies K–8 (3 credits)
  • EDUC 490 – Teaching Language, Literacy and Academic Content to English Speakers and English Language Learners (ESL)  (3 credits)
  • EDUC 510 – Teaching and Learning (3 credits)
  • EDUC 518 – Workshop on Teaching Mathematics – Mighty Mustangs  (3 credits)
  • EDUC 528 – Workshop on the Teaching of Science (3 credits)
  • EDUC 594 – Education in a Multilingual Society (ESL) (3 credits)
  • EDUC 649 – Foundational Perspectives on Educational Reform (3 credits)
  • EDUC 653 – Problems and Principles Elementary Education (1 credit)

Cognate credits

6

Students complete the following cognate courses:

  • EDUC 593 / ELI 593 – Educational Linguistics (ESL) (3 credits)
  • MATH 485 – Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers and Supervisors (3 credits)

Teaching experience credits

12

Students complete the following courses:

  • EDUC 650 – Reflective Teaching Field Experience: Language Arts Practicum (1.5 credits)
  • EDUC 650 – Reflective Teaching Field Experience: Math Practicum (1.5 credits)
  • EDUC 650 – Reflective Teaching Field Experience: Elementary Practicum (3 credits)
  • EDUC 651 – Directed Teaching in the Elementary Classroom (6 credits)

Endorsement area credits

Students must complete the requirements for the endorsement area of their choice before being admitted to the program.

ESL endorsement credits (optional)

11

Students who wish to pursue the optional ESL endorsement complete the following courses:

  • EDUC 590 – ESL Practicum
  • EDUC 592 – Methods for Teaching Language & Literacy
  • EDUC 595 – Leadership & Advocacy Practices for Teachers

Course Sequence

Semester 1 (Summer)
Course Description Credits
EDUC 401 Developmental Reading and Writing Instruction in the Elementary School

3

EDUC 443 Teaching Students with Exceptionalities

2

EDUC 444 Digital Technologies K–8 1
EDUC 510 Teaching and Learning

1

EDUC 650 Reflective Teaching Field Experience: Math Practicum 1.5
EDUC 650 Reflective Teaching Field Experience: Language Arts Practicum 1.5
MATH 485 Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers and Supervisors 3
Total credits 13
Semester 2 (Fall)
Course Description Credits
EDUC 403 Individualizing Reading and Writing Instruction in the Elementary Classroom

3

EDUC 431 Teaching of Social Studies in the Elementary School

3

EDUC 443 Teaching Students with Exceptionalities

1

EDUC 444 Digital Technologies K–8 1
EDUC 510 Teaching and Learning

1

EDUC 518 Workshop on Teaching Mathematics – Mighty Mustangs 3
EDUC 593 /
ELI 593
Educational Linguistics (ESL) 3
EDUC 650 Reflective Teaching Field Experience: Language Arts Practicum 3
Total credits 18
Semester 3 (Winter)
Course Description Credits
EDUC 490 Teaching Language, Literacy and Academic Content to English Speakers and English Language Learners (ESL)

3

EDUC 510 Teaching and Learning

1

EDUC 528 Workshop on the Teaching of Science 3
EDUC 651 Directed Teaching in the Elementary Classroom

6

EDUC 653 Problems and Principles Elementary Education     1
Total credits 14
Semester 4 (Spring)
Course Description Credits
EDUC 444 Digital Technologies K–8

1

EDUC 594 Education in a Multilingual Society (ESL)

3

EDUC 694 Foundational Perspectives on Educational Reform 3
Total credits 7
EDUC 592 Methods for Teaching Language and Literacy (ESL endorsement only) 4
EDUC 594 Leadership and Advocacy Practices for Teachers (ESL endorsement only) 4
Total credits 8
Semester 5 (Summer)
Course Description Credits
EDUC 590 ESL Practicum (ESL endorsement only) 3
Total credits 3
Total credits without ESL endorsement: 52 | Total credits with ESL endorsement: 63

Endorsement Areas

under construction

ENDORSEMENT AREAS

Integrated Science (minimum 33 credits)
Requirement Description
BIOLOGY 171 Introductory Biology: Ecology and Evolution
BIOLOGY 172 Introductory Biology: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental
BIOLOGY 173 Introductory Biology: Laboratory
CHEM 125 General Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 126 General Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM 130 General Chemistry: Macroscopic Investigations and Reaction Principles
EARTH 255 Earth and Space Sciences for Elementary School Educators
PHYSICS 420 Physics for Educators
AT/HF 220 Applied Human Anatomy & Physiology
AT/HF 221 Applied Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory
Electives Electives (if needed) to meet 33-credit minimum.

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Contact

Phone: (734) 615-1528
te.program@umich.edu

Location

610 E. University Avenue
Room 1228
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259

Office Hours

Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Application Deadlines

Priority
December 1
All students
Final
April 1
All students

We highly recommend that you apply for admission by December 1, 2020.

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
    • Approximately 2 pages, double spaced 
    • Discuss the type of community in which you would like to teach or the types of students you would like to teach. In either case, be sure to describe 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.
  • 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:
soegradcoordinator@umich.edu

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

Tim Golden 
Educator Preparation Program Recruitment Coordinator 
tbgolden@umich.edu / 734-763-4328

Quick Facts

100% of graduate students received scholarship support administered by the SOE in 2020-21

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

In-state graduate student scholarships: $10,000–$20,500

Our in-state graduate students received a minimum scholarship of $10,000 and a maximum scholarship of $20,500.

Out-of-state graduate student scholarships: $25,000–$39,000

Our out-of-state graduate students received a minimum scholarship of $25,000 and a maximum scholarship of $39,000.

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

No

Part-time option available

No

Connect with EPP

Contact

Phone: (734) 615-1528
te.program@umich.edu

Location

610 E. University Avenue
Room 1228
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259

Office Hours

Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Careers

94%

of known graduates found full time employment in education

80%

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

$45K

average first year salary

100%

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

In-state

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

Out-of-state

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.