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The Michigan Alternate Route to Certification (M-ARC) TFA pathway is a state-approved alternative route to teacher certification open only to teachers who have already been accepted by Teach For America (TFA) and placed in TFA's Detroit region, and who pass the appropriate Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) subject area exams. While in the TFA-Detroit corps, the U-M School of Education provides corps members with content methods seminars, field instruction, and job-embedded professional growth experiences to prepare and support their induction as teachers. During their two years in the corps, TFA corps members who are not already certified to teach must participate in M-ARC in order to hold interim teacher certification.

To earn standard teacher certification in the State of Michigan, corps members are required to participate in M-ARC for a third year while continuing to teach in their endorsed content areas/grade levels in Michigan schools. See the Standard Certification section below for more information.

M-ARC is a competency-based, job-embedded elementary and secondary teacher certification program. Over the course of the two-year interim certification program, participants work toward a pre-identified and sequenced set of instructional skills aimed at their ability to demonstrate specific program outcomes which have been aligned to national and State of Michigan standards for the preparation of teachers, as well as to TFA’s Teaching As Leadership framework. These outcomes have also been developed into a program rubric that clearly identifies the developmental expectations for alternative path novices in their first two to three years in the profession.

TFA Pathway Overview


Certificate/Endorsement Options

TFA-Detroit corps members may be recommended for an interim teaching certificate at the elementary or the secondary level:

Elementary (grades K-8)

  • Elementary Education: All Subjects (K-5) & Self-Contained Classroom (6-8)
    The following endorsements can be added to an elementary teaching certificate:
    • Language Arts (6-8)
    • Mathematics (6-8)
    • Integrated Science (6-8)
    • Spanish (K-8)
    • English as a Second Language

Secondary (grades 6-12)

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Integrated Science, or Physics)
  • Social Studies (Economics, History, Political Science or Social Studies)
  • World Languages (French, German, Italian, Latin, or Spanish)
  • English as a Second Language

To determine if an endorsement aligns with your teaching placement, please review the Michigan Department of Education’s Quick Reference: Courses that Can be Taught document.

 

TFA Pathway Options

Option 1: Interim Certification Program-Only
Option 2: Interim Certification Program + Master of Arts in Educational Studies through the U-M School of Education
Option 3: Interim Certification Program + Earn Graduate Credit as a Non-Candidate for Degree (NCFD)

Standard Certification


M-ARC participants who successfully complete the two-year M-ARC interim certification program have the opportunity to teach for a third year in their endorsement area(s) in order to earn a standard teaching certificate. The standard certificate is renewable and can be transferred to other states (unlike the interim certificate, which is only valid while enrolled in a certification program, is not renewable, and is not transferable to other states).

The third-year teaching placement does not need to be in the same school as the first- and/or second-year teaching placement, but it does need to be in the State of Michigan. While most participants choose to complete standard certification requirements immediately following their TFA experience, requirements can be completed during any academic year within the 5-year validity of the MTTC scores. However, per MDE policy the interim certificate is expired during any time in which a candidate is not enrolled in M-ARC and, as such, the candidate is not legally permitted to teach until re-enrolling for the standard certification program. Once a candidate has re-enrolled in M-ARC, the interim certificate is reinstated.

During the third year of M-ARC participation, university field instructors conduct two observations/evaluations in candidates’ classrooms. To qualify for the standard certificate, candidates provide the university with specific evidence of success in the classroom during the third year (e.g., school evaluations, letter of recommendation, documentation related to professional development). In addition, candidates engage in independent professional learning experiences and complete a professional learning portfolio with the support of a peer partner and a program adviser. Once all requirements have been met, the university recommends the candidate for a standard teaching certificate.

 

Standard Certification Enrollment

Corps members are surveyed about their interest in pursuing standard certification during the spring of their second year in the corps. During the summer, recent interim certification program completers have the opportunity to formally enroll in the standard certification year.

Program Cost:

  • Program Fee: $800 (invoiced in May of the year standard certification requirements are completed)
  • MDE Certificate Fee: $160 (payable via MOECS upon recommendation for standard certification)
  • Late Documentation Fee: $100 (charged only to program participants who submit documentation after August 15 of the year standard certification requirements are completed)

  

Standard Certification Endorsement Eligibility

If you meet the requirements for a standard teaching certificate and your interim certificate is at the:

  • elementary level, the university will recommend you for all elementary level endorsements listed on your interim certificate.
  • secondary level, the university will recommend you for endorsements listed on your interim certificate in which you have significant teaching experience and for which you completed the interim certification program.

If you have questions about your eligibility for a specific endorsement area, please email m-arcprogram@umich.edu.

  

Standard Certification Requirements (for 2020-2021 candidates)

  1. Attend September introductory meeting
  2. Complete Individual Development Plan (IDP) by October 31.
    In consultation with mentor teacher and/or school administrator, establish professional goals for the year using the questions provided in the IDP section of the Standard Certification Documents portfolio in Chalk & Wire as a guide.
  3. Complete a third year of successful teaching, while enrolled in M-ARC, during the 5-year validity of the MTTC scores.
  4. Receive two evaluative field visits from an M-ARC field instructor (fall & spring).
  5. Complete a professional learning portfolio (PLP) by mid-May.
    Work with a peer partner and PLP adviser for support/feedback. Demonstrate proficiency and/or growth through artifacts and reflection in two candidate-selected focus outcomes and two program-wide outcomes.
  6. Apply for your standard certificate via the MDE’s Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS).
    To apply, complete Step 3 on this instruction sheet. (Step 1 and 2 were completed when you applied for your interim certificate at the beginning of your TFA experience.) If you have trouble accessing your MOECS account, please contact the MOECS Helpdesk: MOECSSupport@Michigan.gov; 517-373-3310.
  7. Submit the documentation listed below to Chalk & Wire by May 31, 2021.
    Documentation must pertain to the third year of teaching. Submit documents to the Standard Certification Documents portfolio and select Angela Marocco as the assessor. Detailed instructions related to submitting each piece of evidence and relevant forms are included below and are also included in the “Instructions & Resources” section of the Standard Certification Documents portfolio.
  8. Pay the program fee by June 15, 2021.
    You will receive an invoice and instructions for payment in mid-May.

*We understand that some documentation which must be completed by your school (e.g., the Year-End Performance Evaluation), may not be available until after the May 31 deadline. If that is the case, submit as many documents as possible by the deadline and provide an expected completion date for the remaining documents. An administrative fee of $100 will be charged to program participants who submit documentation after August 15. See the Program Cost section above for more information.

  

Standard Certification Documentation

  • Evidence of Professional Development
    Provide evidence of 30+ hours of professional development that occurred during the standard certification year. Professional development should align with your IDP goals. Documentation may be provided in a variety of forms. Some examples are agendas, completion certificates, or the Beginning Teacher’s Annual Record of Professional Development form that your school is required to maintain for you.
  • Employment Verification Form
    Serves as verification of full year of teaching (full year = 150 days, at least ½ day in length). To be completed by human resources administrator in your district or principal at your school.
  • Year-End Performance Evaluation Conducted by Your School
    Performance must be evaluated as satisfactory or better.
  • Verification of Successful Third Year of Teaching form
    To be completed by the person at your school who conducted your year-end performance evaluation.
  • Letter of Recommendation from Instructional Supervisor
    Submit a dated and signed letter of recommendation from your instructional supervisor or someone familiar with your teaching (e.g. principal, assistant principal, district instructional supervisor, official mentor teacher**, TFA ILC, or U-M field instructor). The letter should attest to your satisfactory teaching during the third year and recommend that you be granted the next-level certificate.
  • Proof of First Aid & Adult/Child CPR Training
    Per the State of Michigan, First Aid and Adult/Child CPR training certification must be up-to-date at the time of your recommendation for the next-level teaching certificate. Per the legislation, the training must include a test demonstration on a mannequin; fully online courses are not acceptable. Please select a course from the MDE’s list of approved first aid/CPR training courses. First Aid and Adult/Child CPR training certification must be valid through June 30, 2021, or six weeks beyond the date on which you have met all requirements and submitted all documentation for standard certification, whichever date is later.
  • Criminal Background Affidavit
    Submit after April 1of the year standard certification requirements are completed.

**Your “official mentor teacher” is someone assigned to you by your school. The Michigan School Code states: “For the first 3 years of his or her employment in classroom teaching, a teacher shall be assigned by the school in which he or she teaches to one or more master teachers, or college professors or retired master teachers, who shall act as a mentor or mentors to the teacher.”

  

Standard Certification Next Steps

After the standard certification requirements listed above are met, the following steps occur:

  1. University of Michigan recommends to the Michigan Department of Education that the candidate be granted a standard teaching certificate.
  2. Candidate pays for and prints standard certificate.
    After you have been recommended for your standard certificate, you will receive an email from the Michigan Department of Education with instructions for paying the $160 certificate fee via credit card. Once the fee is paid you will have access to print a copy of your certificate from the MOECS website.
  3. Candidate provides a notarized copy of certificate to employer.
    The signature on your certificate must be notarized in order to be considered valid. Visit this link if you need help finding a notary. Many business service stores, such as The UPS Store, also have notary services. Provide a notarized copy of your certificate to your employer.

  

Renewal of Standard Certification / Professional Certification

A standard certificate may be renewed an unlimited number of times (each renewal is valid for five years). Individuals may choose to maintain a standard certificate or progress to a professional certificate (if MDE requirements are met). It is not possible to progress directly from an interim certificate to a professional certificate.

About Interim Certification in Michigan


In December 2009, the Michigan Legislature passed HB 5596 (PA 202 of 2009) which added section 1531i to the Revised School Code (MCL 380.1531i) to authorize the implementation of alternative route preparation programs for teachers.

The Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) has established the Michigan Alternative Routes for Interim Teacher Certification program to allow participants to earn an interim teaching certificate that qualifies the person to teach in the public schools and to advance to the Michigan standard and, subsequently, professional teaching certificates. The interim certification is valid for up to 5 years, so long as the holder is an active participant in an approved alternative route program. Unlike the standard and professional certificates, the interim certification is not renewable and is generally not transferable to other states. The state law does not allow the use of an interim teaching certificate for special education teaching assignments.

The legislation provides eligible individuals an opportunity to complete an alternative route program for transitioning from a previous career and/or undergraduate or graduate degree program into teaching. The term “alternative route”  refers to a program that is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher and who may be allowed to teach full-time while completing approved alternative route teacher preparation requirements. The intention of the program is to enable those who commit their knowledge, skills, and preparation to become successful, fully certificated classroom teachers through a quality rigorous approved alternative route program. Approved program providers recommend their participants for the interim certificate upon admission to their program. The University of Michigan School of Education is an approved alternative route provider.

A person who demonstrates three years of successful teaching performance under the interim teaching certificate and meets the requirements established by the SPI for a Michigan standard teaching certificate is eligible to be recommended for the certificate by the alternative route provider.

 

About the University of Michigan & Teach For America Partnership

The University of Michigan School of Education (SOE) has long been engaged with Detroit and Detroit-area schools not only because of proximity to Michigan’s largest city, but also because of our core commitments to under-served and under-­resourced communities. Countless SOE faculty and students provide instruction, conduct research, develop curricular materials, and build resources to improve the educational outcomes of Detroit’s school children.

In fall 2010, the SOE embarked on a new partnership with Teach For America (TFA) that has deepened our connections with Detroit and its teachers. TFA is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates (and others) who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. In fall 2010 TFA established a corps in the Detroit region.

As required by Michigan legislation (House Bill 5596), all TFA corps members who are not already fully-certified are required to be enrolled in an approved interim certification program offered by an educator preparation institution. The SOE is the approved interim certification program partner for the TFA-Detroit corps.

Connect with M-ARC

Contact

m-arcprogram@umich.edu
(734) 926-5654

Location

University of Michigan School of Education
610 East University Avenue, Suite 1225
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259

Application Deadlines

Complete items 1 and 2 by June 15, and complete all other items as soon as possible but no later than August 10 to allow time for University of Michigan certification officers to recommend you to the State of Michigan for an interim teaching certificate, and for you to provide a notarized copy of your teaching certificate to your employer before you begin teaching. You are not legally permitted to teach until a valid, notarized teaching certificate has been provided to your employer.

NOTE: Corps members who already hold standard or professional teaching certificates may enroll in M-ARC for professional development or to earn graduate credit as part of a U-M School of Education master’s program or as a non-candidate for degree. If you already hold a Michigan standard or professional teaching certificate and wish to enroll, complete only steps 1, 2B, and 5.

Final
June 15
Program application & enrollment documents
August 10
All other documentation

Application Process

STEP 1: Complete program application.
STEP 2: Electronically sign and submit enrollment forms.
  1. If you do not yet hold a teaching certificate, go to HelloSign to electronically sign and submit the following forms:
    1. 2020-2021 Promissory Note
      Keep a copy for your records. Take careful note of the rules regarding early withdrawal from M-ARC.
    2. Consent to Photograph or Record Electronically form
    3. Permission to be Contacted for Additional Data Collection
      The notification letter is distributed to every student who participates in a teacher education program at the University of Michigan. It outlines the types of documents we might collect from you while you are a participant in our program.
    4. Teacher Certification Acknowledgement of Understanding
    5. Criminal Background Affidavit
  2. For those who already hold a teaching certificate AND are enrolling in the certification program for professional development or to earn graduate credit as part of a University of Michigan School of Education master’s program or as a Non-Candidate for Degree, go to HelloSign to electronically sign and submit the following forms:
    1. 2020-2021 Promissory Note
      Keep a copy for your records. Take careful note of the rules regarding early withdrawal from M-ARC.
    2. Consent to Photograph or Record Electronically form
    3. Permission to be Contacted for Additional Data Collection
      The notification letter is distributed to every student who participates in a teacher education program at the University of Michigan. It outlines the types of documents we might collect from you while you are a participant in our program.
STEP 3: Order a criminal background check.

Order Criminal Background Check via Castle Branch.

Cost: $42. This is in addition to any background check you may have done for TFA and is required by the University of Michigan for anyone seeking initial teacher certification. No fingerprinting is required. In addition to entering your full name and date of birth, you will be asked for your social security number, current address, phone number, and e-mail address.

STEP 4: Pass MTTC test(s).

Pass all relevant MTTC tests.

COVID Update:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MTTC testing is currently suspended. At this time, you can register for MTTC tests scheduled for summer dates. If there are further testing delays, the State will provide updates on what flexibility they will allow in regards to the deadline for taking MTTC tests. We are monitoring the situation very closely and will keep you updated on any news we receive from the State. Test centers in other states may be open; if you are able to take a test, follow steps 4A, 4B, and 4C below.

  1. Which test(s)?
    TFA-Detroit will advise you regarding which tests to take.
  2. When?
    Take MTTC tests no later than the July test dates ensure that official results are received by the University of Michigan in time to recommend you to the State of Michigan for your interim certificate before your first day of teaching. Most subject area tests are offered frequently year-round, but others are offered only periodically. Plan accordingly and register early. You cannot be recommended for a teaching certificate until your official MTTC scores are received by the University of Michigan.
  3. How will the University of Michigan receive my scores?
    We can only accept test results sent to us directly from the testing center. When you take your tests, it is imperative that you indicate that you want test results sent to the University of Michigan-M-ARC (Institution Code: 55). It can take up to eight weeks for us to receive individual score reports requested at a later date. If your test results are not received on time, it might prevent you from beginning the program in the 2020-2021 program year.
STEP 5: Submit proof of first aid & adult/child CPR certification.

If you have completed CPR/First Aid training, email a scanned copy of your proof of certification to m-arcprogram@umich.edu.

Typically, CPR and first aid certification must be valid at the time you are recommended for your teaching certificate. Please review the MDE’s list of approved first aid/CPR training courses. The course or combination of courses must include first aid, adult CPR, and child CPR. The training must include an in-person component; fully online courses are not accepted.

COVID Update:
The CPR/First Aid training requirement for those applying for initial teacher certification or renewal has been temporarily suspended due to COVID-related test center closures. We anticipate that the CPR/First Aid requirement will be reinstated once it is safe to resume training. We are monitoring the situation very closely and will keep you updated on any news we receive from the State.

STEP 6: Submit official transcript to TFA.

Official undergraduate transcript. Minimum GPA: 2.95. The transcript must include the date on which your degree was conferred/awarded by the university. NOTE: At many universities, the degree isn’t added to your transcript until 6-8 weeks after graduation. Request your transcript after your degree has been conferred.

STEP 7: Submit OPIc score report to TFA.

Only for those seeking a world language endorsement.

STEP 8: Apply for interim teaching certificate.

Once you have completed the enrollment and certification requirements listed above and it has been determined if your teaching placement will be at the elementary or the secondary level, you can expect to receive an email from Jean Mrachko (jmrachko@umich.edu) with instructions for applying for your interim teaching certificate via the Michigan Department of Education’s MOECS (Michigan Online Educator Certification System) website. The University of Michigan cannot recommend you for your interim certificate until you have applied for your certificate in MOECS, so it is very important that you apply when prompted to do so.

Please send an email to M-ARCprogram@umich.edu if your school will begin before Labor Day, so we can expedite your recommendation for a teaching certificate.

STEP 9: Pay for and print your interim certificate.

After you have applied for your certificate and the University of Michigan has approved your application, you will receive an email from the Michigan Department of Education with instructions for paying the $160 certificate fee via credit card. Once the fee is paid you will have access to print a copy of your certificate from the MOECS website. You will not have an active teaching certificate until you pay the certificate fee.

STEP 10: Provide a notarized copy of your interim certificate to your employer.

Visit 123Notary.com if you need help finding a notary. Many business service stores, such as The UPS Store, also have notary services. You may not teach unless a valid, notarized teaching certificate is provided to your employer.

STEP 11: Submit W-9.

Complete and submit Form W-9.

Please bring the completed W-9 to the M-ARC Welcome (Back) meeting in the fall; forms will be available at the meeting as well. We do not recommend sending your W-9 to us over email, as it includes sensitive personal information. The University’s Financial Services Office requests that we collect this form from you as part of their billing protocol. Per the promissory note, you will receive a bill for interim certification program fees at the end of each program year.

Contact Information

Questions?

Email m-arcprogram@umich.edu.

Connect with M-ARC

Contact

m-arcprogram@umich.edu
(734) 926-5654

Location

University of Michigan School of Education
610 East University Avenue, Suite 1225
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259

Payment, Leave & Withdrawal Info


Program Cost

Program fees for the 2020 TFA cohort have not yet been established.

For corps members in the 2019 cohort, the cost of the two-year M-ARC interim certification program is $11,600 ($5,800 per year).

NOTE: Fees for the optional standard certification program extension, master’s program, and NCFD track are in addition to interim certification program fees.


Paying the Program Fee

M-ARC interim certification program participants and standard certification candidates receive an invoice for program fees via email in May, at the end of each program year.

Paying via Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
Segal AmeriCorps Education Award recipients are encouraged to pay their fee as soon as their award is released to them. Awards are typically released to corps members in July. You can expect to receive an email from TFA-Detroit notifying you that you have been exited from the AmeriCorps system, which results in your award being released to you. It is the award recipient’s responsibility to transfer the award to the University of Michigan School of Education.

Transferring Your Award to the University of Michigan School of Education:

  • Register to use the My AmeriCorps online system or log into your account if you are already registered. To go to the registration/login page, click here: My AmeriCorps. If you are not registered, you can go to this web page and click on the phrase “Register to create a new Member/Alum account”. Follow the instructions. If you have problems registering or if you have any questions about transferring an education award, contact the National Service Help Desk at 1-800-942-2677.

  • Once you are logged into your My AmeriCorps account, follow these steps:
    1. In your home page, under “My Education Award” select the “Create Education Award Payment Request” link to bring up the screen to request the payment.
    2. Select the purpose of the payment (current educational expenses).
    3. Enter the amount of the payment. Refer to the May invoice from Karen Palmer (klpalmer@umich.edu) to determine your payment amount.
    4. Identify the payment recipient. IMPORTANT: Choose “The University of Michigan-SOE”. (Do NOT choose “The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor”. Doing so will apply AmeriCorps funding toward any outstanding undergrad/graduate student account(s); this action cannot be reversed.)
    5. If you are asked to complete a “Semester/Term” field, enter “Year 1” or “Year 2” to indicate the TFA program year you just completed.
    6. Select “Submit.”

When you submit the form, a notice will be sent electronically to the University of Michigan. A record of your request will appear in your account home page. The University of Michigan will complete its portion of the form and return it electronically to CNCS. When you request a payment, the Available Balance will be adjusted by the amount of the request. Once the payment is disbursed, the Award Balance will be adjusted by the amount disbursed.

Paying via Check
Corps members who are not AmeriCorps award recipients are encouraged to save throughout the year to be able to pay their certification fees once invoiced. If you will be paying out-of-pocket, write a check to the University of Michigan, add “TFA” to the memo line, and mail it to the following address:


Student Financial Services
2226 Student Activities Building
515 E. Jefferson Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316


Tax Implications

The University of Michigan tax department has advised the School of Education that M-ARC does not meet the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) requirements to generate a Form 1098-T, Tuition Statement. According to the instructions published by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) our institution may not generate this form “for courses for which no academic credit is offered.”

There is, however, a possible alternative to deduct your costs for the program. IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education (Section 12, page 65), describes allowable work-related expenses: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p970.pdf

The U-M tax attorneys believe that the parameters of our program meet the definition of “education required by employer or law,” as your enrollment in an interim certification program is a legal requirement to maintain your interim certification beyond the minimum requirements you met to be issued the interim certification initially. Naturally, maintenance of the interim certificate is also a condition to maintain your employment.

This section allows students to deduct the cost of their education, including the mileage for traveling directly from home to school and back as well as parking and other incidentals. On its face, you may qualify for this benefit; however, because each corps member’s situation is unique, we recommend that you consult with your tax professional to determine your eligibility.


Withdrawing from the Interim Certification Program

Withdrawing from TFA-Detroit does not result in automatic withdrawal from the M-ARC interim certification program. To officially withdraw from the M-ARC interim certification program for a given program year, complete this Withdrawal Form.

Percentage of Annual Program Fee Due upon Early Withdrawal from the Interim Certification Program:

Date Withdrawal Form Completed Portion of Program Fee Due
Prior to August 15 No fee charged
August 15- September 10 $150 (non-refundable enrollment fee)
September 11- October 31 25%
November 1- December 15 50%
December 16, 2019-January 20 75%
January 21 and after 100%

 

Withdrawing from the Standard Certification Program

To officially withdraw from the Standard Certification (3rd Year) Program, complete this Withdrawal Form.

Percentage of Program Fee Due upon Early Withdrawal
from the Standard Certification Program:

Date Withdrawal Form Completed Portion of Program Fee Due
September 1-October 31 $150 (non-refundable enrollment fee)
November 1, 2019-January 21 50%
After January 21 100%


Leave of Absence

M-ARC participants may request a leave of absence when certain life events prevent continued active participation in the program. If a participant knows that s/he will incur 3 or more seminar absences (6+ weeks) related to the birth or adoption of a child, illness/medical reason, dependent care, or military service, it is his/her responsibility to submit a leave of absence request form and contact a program staff member in the M-ARC program office (m-arcprogram@umich.edu or 734.926.5654). The participant will be able to make-up missed work for up to 5 seminar sessions. Respective fees will be assessed.

More than 5 missed seminar sessions will require that the corps member re-enroll for those missed sessions of the seminar in a subsequent year in order to complete the program.

 

Additional Information for Master's and NCFD Students

Master’s program and NCFD tuition and fees are in addition to certification program fees. Also, certification program fees are handled separately from master’s program and NCFD tuition and fees. Certification program fees will not appear in your Wolverine Access student account and financial aid cannot be applied to them. The invoice that you receive for certification fees at the end of each of your two years in M-ARC will be a separate invoice generated by student financial services.

School of Education Scholarships

In order to maintain eligibility for School of Education scholarships, TFA master’s students must pay certification program fees in full at the end of each year of M-ARC participation.

Taking a Leave from the Master’s Program

Please read the Rackham Graduate School’s Parental Accommodation Policy and its other policies pertaining to leaves from the program.

Payment, Leave & Withdrawal Info


Program Cost

Program fees for the 2020 TFA cohort have not yet been established.

For corps members in the 2019 cohort, the cost of the two-year M-ARC interim certification program is $11,600 ($5,800 per year).

NOTE: Fees for the optional standard certification program extension, master’s program, and NCFD track are in addition to interim certification program fees.


Paying the Program Fee

M-ARC interim certification program participants and standard certification candidates receive an invoice for program fees via email in May, at the end of each program year.

Paying via Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
Segal AmeriCorps Education Award recipients are encouraged to pay their fee as soon as their award is released to them. Awards are typically released to corps members in July. You can expect to receive an email from TFA-Detroit notifying you that you have been exited from the AmeriCorps system, which results in your award being released to you. It is the award recipient’s responsibility to transfer the award to the University of Michigan School of Education.

Transferring Your Award to the University of Michigan School of Education:

  • Register to use the My AmeriCorps online system or log into your account if you are already registered. To go to the registration/login page, click here: My AmeriCorps. If you are not registered, you can go to this web page and click on the phrase “Register to create a new Member/Alum account”. Follow the instructions. If you have problems registering or if you have any questions about transferring an education award, contact the National Service Help Desk at 1-800-942-2677.

  • Once you are logged into your My AmeriCorps account, follow these steps:
    1. In your home page, under “My Education Award” select the “Create Education Award Payment Request” link to bring up the screen to request the payment.
    2. Select the purpose of the payment (current educational expenses).
    3. Enter the amount of the payment. Refer to the May invoice from Karen Palmer (klpalmer@umich.edu) to determine your payment amount.
    4. Identify the payment recipient. IMPORTANT: Choose “The University of Michigan-SOE”. (Do NOT choose “The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor”. Doing so will apply AmeriCorps funding toward any outstanding undergrad/graduate student account(s); this action cannot be reversed.)
    5. If you are asked to complete a “Semester/Term” field, enter “Year 1” or “Year 2” to indicate the TFA program year you just completed.
    6. Select “Submit.”

When you submit the form, a notice will be sent electronically to the University of Michigan. A record of your request will appear in your account home page. The University of Michigan will complete its portion of the form and return it electronically to CNCS. When you request a payment, the Available Balance will be adjusted by the amount of the request. Once the payment is disbursed, the Award Balance will be adjusted by the amount disbursed.

Paying via Check
Corps members who are not AmeriCorps award recipients are encouraged to save throughout the year to be able to pay their certification fees once invoiced. If you will be paying out-of-pocket, write a check to the University of Michigan, add “TFA” to the memo line, and mail it to the following address:


Student Financial Services
2226 Student Activities Building
515 E. Jefferson Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316


Tax Implications

The University of Michigan tax department has advised the School of Education that M-ARC does not meet the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) requirements to generate a Form 1098-T, Tuition Statement. According to the instructions published by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) our institution may not generate this form “for courses for which no academic credit is offered.”

There is, however, a possible alternative to deduct your costs for the program. IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education (Section 12, page 65), describes allowable work-related expenses: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p970.pdf

The U-M tax attorneys believe that the parameters of our program meet the definition of “education required by employer or law,” as your enrollment in an interim certification program is a legal requirement to maintain your interim certification beyond the minimum requirements you met to be issued the interim certification initially. Naturally, maintenance of the interim certificate is also a condition to maintain your employment.

This section allows students to deduct the cost of their education, including the mileage for traveling directly from home to school and back as well as parking and other incidentals. On its face, you may qualify for this benefit; however, because each corps member’s situation is unique, we recommend that you consult with your tax professional to determine your eligibility.


Withdrawing from the Interim Certification Program

Withdrawing from TFA-Detroit does not result in automatic withdrawal from the M-ARC interim certification program. To officially withdraw from the M-ARC interim certification program for a given program year, complete this Withdrawal Form.

Percentage of Annual Program Fee Due upon Early Withdrawal from the Interim Certification Program:

Date Withdrawal Form Completed Portion of Program Fee Due
Prior to August 15 No fee charged
August 15- September 10 $150 (non-refundable enrollment fee)
September 11- October 31 25%
November 1- December 15 50%
December 16, 2019-January 20 75%
January 21 and after 100%

 

Withdrawing from the Standard Certification Program

To officially withdraw from the Standard Certification (3rd Year) Program, complete this Withdrawal Form.

Percentage of Program Fee Due upon Early Withdrawal
from the Standard Certification Program:

Date Withdrawal Form Completed Portion of Program Fee Due
September 1-October 31 $150 (non-refundable enrollment fee)
November 1, 2019-January 21 50%
After January 21 100%


Leave of Absence

M-ARC participants may request a leave of absence when certain life events prevent continued active participation in the program. If a participant knows that s/he will incur 3 or more seminar absences (6+ weeks) related to the birth or adoption of a child, illness/medical reason, dependent care, or military service, it is his/her responsibility to submit a leave of absence request form and contact a program staff member in the M-ARC program office (m-arcprogram@umich.edu or 734.926.5654). The participant will be able to make-up missed work for up to 5 seminar sessions. Respective fees will be assessed.

More than 5 missed seminar sessions will require that the corps member re-enroll for those missed sessions of the seminar in a subsequent year in order to complete the program.

 

Additional Information for Master's and NCFD Students

Master’s program and NCFD tuition and fees are in addition to certification program fees. Also, certification program fees are handled separately from master’s program and NCFD tuition and fees. Certification program fees will not appear in your Wolverine Access student account and financial aid cannot be applied to them. The invoice that you receive for certification fees at the end of each of your two years in M-ARC will be a separate invoice generated by student financial services.

School of Education Scholarships

In order to maintain eligibility for School of Education scholarships, TFA master’s students must pay certification program fees in full at the end of each year of M-ARC participation.

Taking a Leave from the Master’s Program

Please read the Rackham Graduate School’s Parental Accommodation Policy and its other policies pertaining to leaves from the program.

Connect with M-ARC

Contact

m-arcprogram@umich.edu
(734) 926-5654

Location

University of Michigan School of Education
610 East University Avenue, Suite 1225
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259