MASTER'S
CERTIFICATION

Master of Arts with Secondary Teacher Certification

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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 12-month program is designed to allow program faculty to integrate most of the required courses into a series of interconnected topics. Rather than teaching a given education course during a single term, the content is taught across several terms. This allows faculty to transcend traditional term-time constraints and teach topics when they are most beneficial to students.

Teacher Certification
The Secondary Master of Arts with Secondary Teacher Certification program prepares you for certification to teach in grades 6-12. With successful completion of the program, you will earn a Master of Arts in Educational Studies degree and a recommendation for Michigan teacher certification.

Cohort
Students join a 30 to 40-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.

Program Policy Regarding Transportation
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
Learning Experience Design Certificate
Trauma-Informed Practice Mini-Certificate

Requirements

Total Credit Hours Required
39

Core credits

30

Students complete the following courses:

  • EDUC 402 – Literacy in the Content Area (3 credits)
  • EDUC 445 – Teaching Students with Exceptionalities (2 credits)
  • EDUC 4XX – Content Area Methods (3 credits)
  • EDUC 504 – Teaching with Technology (3 credits)
  • EDUC 510 – Teaching and Learning (3 credits)
  • EDUC 571 – Professional Seminar (2.5 credit)
  • EDUC 593 – Educational Linguistics (3 credits)
  • EDUC 649 – Foundational Perspectives on Educational Reform (3 credits)
  • EDUC 654 – Directed Teaching Seminar (1.5 credits)
  • EDUC 691 – Educational Psychology (3 credits)
  • EDUC 695 – Educational Research (3 credits)

Some students may opt for additional Content Area Methods, depending on their endorsement area(s).

Teaching / practicum credits

9

Students complete the following courses:

  • EDUC 650 – Reflective Teaching Field Experience (3 credits)
  • EDUC 652 – Directed Teaching (6 credits)

Endorsement area credits

Students generally complete the requirements for the endorsement area of their choice before entering the program.

Course Sequence

Semester 1 (Summer)

Students engage in a 3–4 week field experience, working 2–4 full days a week alongside a mentor teacher as part of a summer school program in an urban or Title I school.

Course Description Credits
EDUC 504 Teaching with Technology

1

EDUC 571 Professional Seminar

1

EDUC 649 Foundational Perspectives on Educational Reform 3
EDUC 650 Reflective Teaching Field Experience

1

EDUC 691 Educational Psychology 3
EDUC 695 Educational Research 3
Total credits 12
Semester 2 (Fall)

Students engage in a practicum 2 full days a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays).

Course Description Credits
EDUC 402 Literacy in the Content Area

3

EDUC 4XX Content Area Methods

3

EDUC 504 Teaching with Technology

1

EDUC 571 Professional Seminar .5
EDUC 593 Educational Logistics

3

EDUC 650 Reflective Teaching Field Experience

2

  Cognate (graduate-level)  
Total credits 12.5
Semester 3 (Winter)

Students engage in student teaching 2 full days per week (Monday and Wednesday) and 3 half days (mornings) per week (Wednesday–Friday).

Course Description Credits
EDUC 445 Exceptionalities

2

EDUC 504 Teaching with Technology

1

EDUC 510 Teaching and Learning 3
EDUC 571 Professional Seminar

.5

EDUC 652 Directed Teaching

5

EDUC 654 Directed Teaching Seminar

1

  Cognate (graduate-level)  
Total credits 12.5
Semester 4 (Spring)

Students engage in student teaching 5 full days per week through the end of the school year.

Course Description Credits
EDUC 571 Professional Seminar

.5

EDUC 652 Directed Teaching

1

EDUC 654 Directed Teaching Seminar .5
Total credits 2
Total program credits: 39

Endorsement Areas

under construction

ENDORSEMENT AREAS

Arabic (minimum 30 credits)
Requirement Description
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
650*
Practicum or
Reflective Teaching Field Experience
EDUC 419 or
420*
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

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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

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.
  • 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

GRE general exam required

No

Financial aid available

Yes

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

100%

of known graduates found full time employment in education

85%

of known graduates were highly satisfied or satisfied with current position

$44K

average starting salary

100%

of known graduates found jobs within 6 months
Hiring organizations and job titles

In-state

Organization Job Title Location
Bay-Arenac Community High Math Teacher Essexville, MI
Beach Middle School Science Teacher Chelsea, MI
Community High U.S. and World History Teacher Ann Arbor, MI
Monroe High History Teacher Monroe, MI
Romulus Middle 8th Grade Math Teacher Romulus, MI
Wayne Memorial High Math Teacher Wayne, MI
Wines Elementary 3rd Grade Teacher Ann Arbor, MI

Out-of-state

Organization Job title Location
Columbia Grammar & Preparatory English Teacher New York, NY
Claremont High School French Teacher Claremont, CA
Federal Way High 9–12th Grade Spanish Teacher Federal Way, WA
Perrysburg Junior High 7th Grade ELA Teacher Perrysburg, OH

Internships

Program-long involvement and experience in schools is central to the Master of Arts with Secondary Teacher Certification program. This allows students to delve deeply into issues related to public school education and to work closely with experienced school colleagues. 

You will begin working with cooperating teachers in late August. You will help with planning for the year and assisting in classroom set-up for the fall. You will work with the same students and cooperating 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.