Degrees & Certifications
Begin your career in teaching with a degree or non-degreed certification from the School of Education. Programs include complete preparation for certification in either elementary or secondary education.
Bachelor of Arts or Science with Teacher Certification
Our bachelor's programs begin in the third year of undergraduate studies. Because we do not fully admit students as first-year students (freshmen), all our undergraduate students are technically transfer students—while most transfer from within the University of Michigan, many transfer from external institutions.
As a first-year student, you may apply for the Teacher Education Preferred Admissions (TEPA) Program, which would allow you to complete your first two years at another of the university's schools (usually the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts) while receiving advising from the School of Education, before transferring to our program at the beginning of your junior year.
If you wish to become a secondary teacher, you may remain with another unit such as the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, while completing coursework at the School of Education and earning a recommendation for a Michigan provisional teaching certification. Students pursuing certification in music or physical education, however, must remain within their home unit.
Master of Arts with Teacher Certification
The University of Michigan School of Education offers one-year master’s degree with teacher certification programs in elementary and secondary education
Coursework is completed concurrently with a year-long teaching internship to provide greater opportunities for exploration of pedagogies through authentic classroom interactions. Our curriculum prepares master’s students with the theory, method, and practice to be successful educators. All classroom experiences are fully supported by field instructors.
Faculty from the U-M School of Education—comprising researchers, teachers, and advocates—are ranked among the top in the nation. Together, they share their passion for the intellectually challenging work of teaching and are known worldwide for scholarship that broadens understanding of effective teaching and student learning.
Each year, the Master of Arts with Teacher Certification programs draw students with diverse academic and professional backgrounds who are seeking a collegial and intellectually challenging environment to develop the skills and knowledge to become effective educators.
Michigan Alternate Route to Certification (M-ARC)
The Michigan Alternate Route to Certification (M-ARC) program is a state-approved alternate route to teacher certification.
There are two program pathways, one for Teach For America (TFA) corps members pursuing initial teacher certification, and one for practicing teachers who want to add endorsement areas to their existing standard certification without leaving the classroom. In both pathways, participants will begin teaching under interim certificates in their new content areas immediately upon entrance to the program, and will receive ongoing, content-specific training and development from University of Michigan teacher educators for three (3) years before earning their Michigan standard teaching certificates.
A Learning Community
Supported, Engaged Learning
You will study with an exceptional group of faculty, instructors, and cooperating teachers, all dedicated to the improvement of schooling and to your professional growth. From the start, you will connect academic coursework with guided experiences in schools.
You will progress through your program with a cohort of your peers in a spirit of dialogue, debate, and cooperation. The cohort model provides you with a community of peers with whom to grow and improve your practice.
You will learn about implementing social justice teaching and learning practices. The strategies that you use as a teacher and leader will help create more humanizing learning environments in which all children, youth, and adults can develop.
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