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Michigan Alternate Route to Certification

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Established in 2010 at the University of Michigan School of Education, Michigan Alternate Route to Certification (M-ARC) is Michigan’s longest-running state-approved alternative route to certification program. Our program supports teachers’ growth by merging the School of Education’s 100 years of experience preparing educators with the flexibility of an alternative pathway.

We believe that well-prepared teachers make a difference and that effective teaching matters. We use the School of Education’s well-crafted practice-based approach to support our candidates in honing their practice while leading a classroom. In keeping with the mission of the School of Education, M-ARC guides teachers to develop high quality, equitable, and socially just educational opportunities for all students.

M-ARC includes three program pathways open to candidates from across the State of Michigan:

  • Additional Endorsement pathway allows practicing teachers to add new endorsement areas to their existing standard or professional certificates without leaving the classroom.
  • Initial Certification pathway is an avenue into the teaching profession for candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree.
  • Teach For America (TFA)-Detroit Partnership pathway is exclusively designed for TFA-Detroit corps members pursuing initial teacher certification.

In each pathway, candidates teach under interim teaching certificates while  receiving  ongoing, content-specific instructional training and development from University of Michigan teacher educators.  The program support lasts for three (3) years as candidates work towards earning their Michigan standard teaching certificates

Program Overview

M-ARC AT-A-GLANCE
Why choose the University of Michigan School of Education M-ARC program?
  • World-class support from University of Michigan instructors
  • Robust training in research-based teaching practice
  • Focus on teaching toward social justice and equity
  • Opportunity to receive University of Michigan graduate credits for M-ARC experiences
  • Option to earn a University of Michigan master’s degree in conjunction with M-ARC participation
  • Affordable and convenient monthly fee of $250

What does M-ARC offer?

Preparation to teach:

  • Flexible online coursework
  • Internship in a summer educational setting
  • Professional learning communities to support the working individual
  • Assistance with meeting requirements for a Michigan interim teaching certificate

Supported teaching experience:

  • One-on-one instructional coaching in the classroom
  • Professional learning seminars
  • Guided professional reflection and portfolio development
  • Assistance with meeting requirements for a Michigan standard teaching certificate

What are M-ARC’s enrollment requirements?
  • Aspire to inspire our leaders of tomorrow
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in any subject
  • Pass Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)
  • Complete M-ARC application process
CERTIFICATION/ENDORSEMENT AREAS
M-ARC candidates can earn certification in the following content areas
Grade Band Content Areas
Elementary (grades K-8)

Elementary teachers are qualified to teach all subjects in grades K-5 (and all subjects in grades K-8 in self-contained classrooms).

In addition, endorsements in the following content areas can be added to an elementary teaching certificate:

Language Arts
Mathematics
Integrated Science
Social Studies
Spanish
English as a Second Language

Secondary (grades 6-12)
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
    • Integrated Science (recommended)
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Earth/Space Science
    • Physics
  • Social Studies
    • Social Studies (recommended)
    • Economics
    • History
    • Political Science
  • World Languages
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • English as a Second Language
NOTE: English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement may be added to any grade level or content area certification

To determine if an endorsement aligns with the content and/or grade level you’d like to teach, please review the Michigan Department of Education’s Quick Reference: Courses that Can be Taught document.

MASTER’S DEGREE/CREDIT OPTIONS

There are a number of options available for M-ARC candidates to earn U-M master’s credits or a full master’s degree during their time in our program.

If you are interested in more detailed information regarding master’s degree or credit-bearing options for M-ARC candidates, please contact m-arcprogram@umich.edu.


Master’s Degree Programs

Educational Studies Master’s Programs
  • Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP)Recommended

    This 30-credit program is centered on the collaborative practice of continuous improvement. It is anchored deeply in theory and research on school leadership, improvement, social justice, and leadership development. We bring together a diverse cohort of students with shared interests in understanding and improving schools, instruction, and K-12 students’ educational outcomes. Educational Leadership and Policy master’s courses typically meet late afternoons or evenings to accommodate working professionals.

    M-ARC Credit Equivalences for ELP Electives
    Educational Leadership and Policy students are eligible to earn up to 12 credit equivalencies by completing M-ARC. These credits can be applied toward elective requirements in the ELP master’s program.

  • Additional Educational Studies Master’s Pathways

    M-ARC candidates are eligible to apply to other pathways within the Educational Studies program; however, class schedules for these pathways are not typically compatible with working full-time as a teacher:


Master’s Program Tuition

Graduate tuition rates vary depending on the number of credits earned per semester, duration of the program, and residency status. Scholarship funding for master’s programs is available to M-ARC candidates.

Helpful links related to tuition:


Application Process: Admissions

M-ARC candidates are eligible for an application fee waiver for U-M Educational Studies master’s programs. To request a waiver, please send an email to indicate that you are an M-ARC candidate applying to a master’s program: soegradcoordinators@umich.edu.


Additional Graduate Credit Options

Non-Candidate for Degree (NCFD) Credits

NCFD is an option for M-ARC candidates who seek graduate credits (5-8 credits) for completing M-ARC program requirements without pursuing a degree.

Cost: University of Michigan tuition rates. See above (Master’s Program Tuition) for links to information.
Application: Apply and enroll during final year in M-ARC.


MicroMasters
The MichiganX MicroMasters program in Leading Educational Innovation & Improvement is a low-cost 12-credit online program. Participants earn a MicroMasters certificate and can transfer up to 12 credits to a U-M Educational Studies master’s program upon successful completion of the self-paced coursework. This program is an option for individuals who do not complete a master’s program at the School of Education or seek the Non-Candidate for Degree option (NFCD).

 

FAQ

1. How long is the program?

Per Michigan law, M-ARC requires candidates in all pathways to teach under the interim certificate for three (3) academic years while receiving support through our program. The Initial Certification pathway also includes spring/summer pre-teaching coursework; the TFA-Detroit Partnership pathway requires participation in the TFA Summer Pre-Service prior to beginning to teach.

2. Are the courses online?

Additional Endorsement Pathway:
Throughout your time in the program, M-ARC will provide support via classroom observations/coaching (in-person and/or via video), ~2x/month online evening seminars with your cohort, and guided compilation of a professional learning portfolio.

Initial Certification Pathway:
Pre-teaching Coursework - In the spring prior to entering the classroom, you will participate in self-paced online pre-teaching courses (March-June). These courses are designed to be compatible with full-time employment and will require about 6-8 hours per week to complete. In addition to that coursework, you will participate in a spring or summer practicum experience that will include a student teaching component as well as pre-teaching seminars and program orientation. Opportunities will be available to participate in this experience in person in Ann Arbor or remotely from other parts of the state.

Teaching Support - Throughout your time in the program, M-ARC will provide support via classroom observations/coaching (in-person and/or via video), ~2x/month online evening seminars with your cohort, and guided compilation of a professional learning portfolio.

TFA-Detroit Partnership Pathway:
Throughout your time in the program, M-ARC will provide support via classroom observations/coaching (in-person and/or via video), ~2x/month online evening seminars with your cohort, and guided compilation of a professional learning portfolio.

3. How much does the program cost?

Additional Endorsement Pathway & Initial Certification Pathway:
There is a $750 initial fee due upon acceptance. Once you begin teaching, the cost is $250/month for the duration of the program, for a total cost of $9,000.

TFA-Detroit Partnership Pathway:
In most cases, M-ARC program fees are covered in full by a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. If you do not have these funds available, please contact us at m-arcprogram@umich.edu.

4. Is financial aid available?

Because M-ARC doesn’t charge U-M full tuition rates, no university-based financial aid is available.

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Need more information?

Please complete this survey to indicate your interest in participating in one of M-ARC's teacher certification pathways. This survey is non-committal; if you express interest in enrolling, we will contact you with application information and will keep you informed of program updates.

Contact Information

Pathway

Initial Certification Pathway Eligibility

Note: Please answer "Yes" if you anticipate earning your bachelor's degree before enrolling in M-ARC.
Note: Please answer "Yes" if you anticipate receiving your Michigan standard or professional teaching certificate before enrolling in M-ARC.
Unfortunately, based on your survey responses you are ineligible for this pathway as you have indicated one of the following:
  • You have not completed a bachelor's degree
  • You do not aspire to teach in Michigan for at least the next three years.
  • You already hold standard or professional teacher certification from the State of Michigan. If you are a certified teacher seeking an additional endorsement, please return to the beginning of the survey.
If you have any questions or comments about our program, please share them below and submit this survey to have someone reach out to you.

Certification/Endorsement Area(s)

For a complete list of the content areas and grade levels M-ARC supports, please see the Certifications/Endorsement Areas section above.

Additional Endorsement Pathway Eligibility

Note: Please answer "Yes" if you anticipate receiving your Michigan standard or professional teaching certificate by August 2022.
The M-ARC Additional Endorsement pathway is designed for teachers who have at least one year of experience.
The M-ARC Additional Endorsement pathway is only open to teachers working in Michigan.
The M-ARC Additional Endorsement pathway is only open to teachers who currently hold standard or professional teaching certification in the State of Michigan, have completed at least one year of successful teaching, and plan to teach in Michigan for the next three years.
Unfortunately, based on your survey responses you are ineligible for this pathway as you have indicated one of the following:
  • You do not hold standard or professional teacher certification from the State of Michigan.
  • You have not yet completed at least one year of successful teaching experience.
  • You do not plan to teach in Michigan for the next three years.
If you are interested in our Initial Certification Pathway for aspiring teachers who do not yet hold Michigan teacher certification, please return to the beginning of the survey.
If you have any questions or comments about our program, please share them below and submit this survey to have someone reach out to you.

Additional Endorsement Area(s)

TFA-Detroit Partnership Pathway Eligibility

The TFA-Detroit Pathway was designed in partnership with Teach For America-Detroit and is only available to TFA-Detroit corps members. If you are interested in this pathway, your first step is to apply to Teach For America at https://www.teachforamerica.org/register
Once you have been accepted into Teach For America and placed in the Detroit region, you will receive information about enrolling in M-ARC.
If you are interested in our Initial Certification Pathway for aspiring teachers do not yet hold Michigan teacher certification and are not enrolled in TFA-Detroit, please return to the beginning of the survey.
What is your status with Teach For America-Detroit?

Questions & Comments

How did you hear about M-ARC? Please check all that apply.

M-ARC Team

Associate Dean
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Educator Preparation; Clinical Associate Professor, School of Education

(734) 647-1310

Administrative Assistant, Michigan Alternate Route to Certification (M-ARC)
Associate Director, Michigan Alternate Route to Certification and Accreditation & Continuous Improvement Coordinator, Educator Preparation Program

(734) 926-5654

Program Manager, Michigan Alternate Route to Certification (M-ARC), Educator Preparation Program

(734) 707-9040

Connect with M-ARC

Location

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

Contact

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

Application Deadlines

Additional Endorsement Pathway

The Additional Endorsement pathway is for those who want to add a new endorsement to a State of Michigan standard or professional teaching certificate.

Application Deadline: August 1
Begin teaching in your new endorsement area in August/September.

Initial Certification Pathway

The Initial Certification pathway is for those who do not already hold a State of Michigan standard or professional teaching certificate.

Application Deadline: February 1
Begin pre-service training in March. Enter the classroom as a certified teacher in August/September after completing M-ARC pre-service training.

TFA-Detroit Partnership Pathway

The TFA-Detroit Partnership Pathway is for Teach For America - Detroit corps members who do not already have a State of Michigan standard or professional teaching certificate.

Application Deadline: August 1
Complete TFA pre-service training from May - July. Enter the classroom as a certified teacher in August/September.

Note: Applicants in all pathways must pass the MTTC by August 7 to ensure that the interim teaching certificate can be issued before the start of the school year.

If you missed the application deadline, please email m-arcprogram@umich.edu to inquire about your enrollment options.

Application Process

STEP 1: Complete pathway-specific documents


Additional Endorsement Pathway

  1. Application (available January 2022)
  2. Promissory Note (available January 2022)
  3. Personal Statements
  4. Confirmation of Employer Support
    This form, signed by your employer, will serve as confirmation that your employer understands the expectations of the M-ARC program and supports your participation in the program. The applicant is responsible for submitting the signed form to the program.


Initial Certification Pathway

  1. Application
  2. Promissory Note (available November 2021)
  3. Personal Statements


TFA-Detroit Partnership Pathway

  1. Enrollment Documents (available January 2022)
  2. To apply to be a Teach For America-Detroit corps member, visit teachforamerica.org/register
STEP 2: Pass MTTC

Pass the MTTC in all content area(s) and grade level(s) relevant to your desired certification/endorsements.

  1. Which test(s)?
    Take the MTTC that corresponds to the content area(s)/grade level(s) you wish to teach. Visit the M-ARC Overview page for a complete list of the certification/endorsement areas supported by M-ARC.
     
  2. When?
    Pass the MTTC for all desired endorsement areas by the first week of August prior to your anticipated enrollment. This will ensure that official results are received by the University of Michigan-M-ARC (Institution Code: 55) in time to recommend you to the State of Michigan for your interim certificate before the start of the school year. 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 an interim certificate until your official MTTC scores are received by the University of Michigan-M-ARC.
     
  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 test(s), please indicate that you want test results sent to the University of Michigan-M-ARC (Institution Code: 55).
STEP 3: Submit OPIc score report (World Language candidates only)

Only required for those seeking a world language endorsement. You must receive a score of “Advanced Low” or higher. Email a copy of your score report to m-arcprogram@umich.edu.

STEP 4: Order a criminal background check.

Order Criminal Background Check via Castle Branch.

This is in addition to any background check you may have done for your employer and is required by the University of Michigan for anyone seeking an interim teaching certificate. No fingerprinting is required. Cost: $42.

STEP 5: Submit proof of first aid & adult/child CPR certification.

Email a scanned copy of your proof of certification to m-arcprogram@umich.edu.

First aid and CPR 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/pediatric CPR. The training must include an in-person component; fully online courses are not accepted.

STEP 6: Submit official transcript.

Minimum GPA: 2.95. The official transcript must be sent directly from the granting institution of your most recent degree and must include the date on which your degree was awarded.

STEP 7: Electronically sign and submit enrollment forms.
STEP 8: Submit Confirmation of Employer Support (Additional Endorsement candidates only)

Confirmation of Employer Support

This form, signed by your employer, will serve as confirmation that your employer understands the expectations of the M-ARC program and supports your participation in the program. Email the signed form to m-arcprogram@umich.edu.

STEP 9: Submit W-9.

Submit Form W-9.

Do not send your W-9  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. Please mail the completed form to:

  • M-ARC Program
    610 E. University, Suite 1225
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Connect with M-ARC

Location

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

Contact

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

M-ARC includes three program pathways open to candidates from across the State of Michigan:

  • Additional Endorsement pathway allows practicing teachers to add new endorsement areas to their existing standard or professional certificates without leaving the classroom.
  • Initial Certification pathway is an avenue into the teaching profession for candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree.
  • Teach For America (TFA)-Detroit Partnership pathway is exclusively designed for TFA-Detroit corps members pursuing initial teacher certification.

M-ARC Pathways

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M-ARC Pathways

Additional Endorsement

This pathway allows practicing teachers to add endorsement areas to their standard or professional teaching certificates without leaving the classroom. In this program, candidates begin teaching under an interim certificate in their new content area upon entry to the program, and receive ongoing, practice-focused, content-specific training and development for three years before adding new endorsements to their standard or professional certificates. During this three-year period candidates may also teach under their existing standard certificate endorsements, so long as a portion of their teaching assignments throughout each program year is in their new endorsement areas. Candidates are responsible for securing appropriate employment in any K-12 school in the State of Michigan.

The M-ARC Additional Endorsement pathway includes 3 components:

  • Field Instruction: Experienced educators work one-on-one with candidates in their classrooms through observations of teaching practice, coaching conversations, and assessment of growth and proficiency across program standards.
  • Seminar: Experienced educators facilitate collaborative practice-focused learning experiences for grade level/content area cohorts. These online seminar groups meet about one evening per month during the first two years of the program.
  • Portfolio Assignments: M-ARC advisers guide candidates in the compilation of artifacts and reflections from their teaching practice in a professional learning inventory as evidence of their proficiency in program outcome areas.

The cost to participate in the M-ARC Additional Endorsement pathway is $3,000/year. ($750 due at enrollment; $250/month for duration of 3-year program).

Connect with M-ARC

Location

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

Contact

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