SecMAC Natural History Museum field trip, 2019

Educator Preparation Program

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.

Shari Saunders

Welcome to the Educator Preparation Program!

Welcome to our Educator Preparation Program (EPP) page! I hope that landing here means you are interested in joining a movement of educators who aspire to teach and lead toward justice in elementary, middle or high schools, and other educational settings.

In the School of Education at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor, you can earn certification to teach in K-12 school settings and pursue your dream of creating a more just world through education in one of three pathways: Elementary Teacher Education (ETE), Secondary Teacher Education (STE), or Michigan Alternate Route to Certification (M-ARC). In each pathway we strive to build on your passion to imagine and create a more humane world where all our young people are well, empowered, and thriving. We recognize that becoming an educator who has the dispositions, knowledge, and skills necessary to advance diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity—while supporting students to develop academically, socially, and emotionally—is a lifelong journey. We hope for our EPP to be a critical step along that journey as we move together, with humility, toward courageous, ambitious, meaningful, and transformative work in the field of education.

In our pathways, we are driven by what is best for the development of young people and educators and by the understanding that students, teachers, administrators, and other school staff need to learn and work in school and classroom climates that support everyone to thrive. Our EPP faculty aim to support you as we imagine and explore ways to develop and sustain compassionate school and classroom cultures for staff, students, families, and communities. We are committed to preparing educators to facilitate the holistic development of children and youth (e.g., academic, social and emotional) while acknowledging and respecting young people's diverse cultures, identities, histories, and experiences. We aspire to teach the knowledge and skills needed to support youth in becoming critical consumers of information in their daily lives using various forms of literacy and to use their learning to act in and on the world in transformative ways that advance justice.

I am excited that you are curious about what we have to offer, and hope you consider joining us on this journey of learning to create educational spaces that disrupt systemic and interpersonal harm while creating powerful learning experiences for young people.

Yours in educating toward a more just world,
Shari Saunders
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Educator Preparation

A Learning Community

We prepare educators who are capable of—and committed to—providing a powerful education for all students in our world. For nearly 100 years, teachers prepared at the School of Education have created exceptional learning opportunities for children and youth. Applying research-based methods, our teachers are prepared with the skills and expertise to educate diverse groups of students and advance our vision of building just and equitable societies through education.
Our Educator Preparation Program, led by award-winning faculty who excel at both teaching and research, is routinely ranked among the top in the nation. With a strong focus on career readiness, our program applies the latest research on teaching, learning, and leading to ensure that every student is highly prepared to take on exciting challenges. 
As a practice-based program that is rich with resources to support teacher education, the U-M School of Education provides opportunities for students to work in classrooms under the guidance of faculty, staff, mentors, and colleagues. Each part of the program is designed to prepare students as they learn and grow into the profession.
Students also work closely with a cohort of their peers to connect challenging coursework with guided experience in schools. The cohort model provides a lasting network of colleagues and allows students to share ideas, practice skills, and enjoy the support of a 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.

Cohort Model

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.

Social Justice

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.

SOE in Action

Pen Pal Program
Undergraduates in Dr. Simona Goldin’s ED 118 course exchanged letters with high school students from UPrep: Art and Design Academy until finally meeting at the SOE to share their visions for a better world.

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Your support can help us create transformative leaders and educators who have the theoretical framework and practical skills to address the many urgent challenges that face U.S. schools.


March 09, 2019
Secondary MAC alumnus Adam Hellebuyck was chosen as the 2018 Michigan History Teacher of the Year by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
March 11, 2019
Dr. Cathy Reischl hosted a delegation of international faculty members in the area of English Language Education. Faculty participants from Cambodia, Estonia, Mexico, Mongolia, Panama, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Thailand visited the SOE as part of an international TESOL/U.S. State Department Exchange Program.
March 11, 2019
Developed at the request of the Council of Chief State School Officers Social Studies Collaborative, Dr. Nell Duke created a video that makes the case for devoting more time to science and social studies education in elementary school.
March 11, 2019
In a Q&A format article, Nell Duke provides The 74 with advice for schools interested in project-based learning and discusses her research that shows how project-based learning can lead to academic gains for young children in high-poverty schools.

Upcoming Events

Sep 25, 2020
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Connect with EPP


Phone: (734) 615-1528


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

Office Hours

8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.